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Tanzania to join UN Board of Auditors July next year

27th April 2011
The Controller and Auditor General Ludovick Utouh

The Controller and Auditor General (CAG) Ludovick Utouh has said that the country’s audit body intends to join the United Nations Audit Board next year when the tenure of South Africa ends.

Utouh said this last week in Dar es Salaam at a prize giving ceremony to three performance auditors whose report on Monitoring Evaluation and Budget Allocation for Maternal Health Care Activities emerged the winner. The Swedish National Audit Office (SNAO) sponsored the award.

Utouh said South Africa’s tenure in the world body ends in July next year.

According to Utouh, the United Nation’s General Assembly established the Board of Auditors to audit accounts of the organization, its funds and programmes.

The Board of Auditors, he added, reports its findings and recommendations to the General Assembly through the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions.

In turn, the UN General Assembly appoints three members, each of whom must be auditor-general of a member country, he said, adding that the members of the Board of Auditors have joint responsibility for the audits.

“We have the intention of joining the UN Board of Auditors next year when South Africa’s tenure ends,” he said.

He said by joining the board Tanzania will gain a lot as it will be attending many meetings of the UN, adding “should it happen that it has members in the Board, they are expected to be available for approximately two weeks each year for meetings”.

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