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SAV looks for overseas assistance

Update: June, 22/2013 - 09:49

HA NOI (VNS)— The State Audit of Viet Nam (SAV) yesterday called for more support from development partners to implement its Action Plan, part of its Strategy to 2020.

Speaking at a co-operation workshop, Auditor General Nguyen Huu Van said that over the past 19 years, the organisation had affirmed its role in Government management.

Audit results had been used in planning, policymaking and in the management of public finances, budget and assets, he said.

SAV has been planned to become more prestigious and modern with qualified professional capacity.

Thus it had collaborated with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) to launch an action plan to implement the State Audit development strategy to 2020, he said.

The plan focuses on a legal framework for its operation; organisation structure and management of human resources; audit planning, methodology and management; information technology application; and international co-operation.

With that in mind, SAV needed more technical and financial assistance from international donors and would commit to using aid finance effectively and complying with agreements, Van said.

World Bank Viet Nam country director Victoria Kwakwa said the bank had focused on improving SAV's auditing capacity and its use of resources, especially human resouces.

European Commission Delegation programme officer Sion Morton said the EU had agreed in principle to a 4 million euro (US$5.3 million) project to implement the action plan.

He said the project was aimed at building capacity through staff development and the enhancement of audit quality and management.

Specifically, it would help restructure SAV's organisation, train staff and apply information technology in auditing and management.

The project was scheduled to start in the first half of next year and the final decision by the EU was expected to be issued in September this year.

Morton said he hoped for more dialogue among development partners to avoid overlapping. — VNS


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