Peshawar—Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has become the first provincial government in the country to introduce ‘Internal Audit’ as a major step towards improving transparency and accountability in the govt machinery. A workshop to review the implementation of ‘Internal Audit’ in 11 key government departments of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was held at local hotel here Thursday. Minister for Finance KP Muzaffar Said Advocate was the chief guest of the event which was attended by Secretary Finance Ali Raza Bhutta, secretaries/DGs from other partner departments and USAID supported donor agency ASP (Assessment and Strengthening Program) officials.
‘Provincial government is committed to improve governance and ensure transparency towards serving the people more effectively and the initiative by ASP & GoKP through support from USAID is an important step to that effect’, said finance minister on the occasion.
He said we had to set examples of transparency and accountability rather than closing eyes and merely blaming others for corruption and nepotism. He asserted that considerable improvement has been noticed in transparent functioning of govt departments due to the drastic steps of present coalition govt in KP. He said his government has appointed 29 permanent technical staff members in Internal Audit Cells of its 11 key departments to further the cause of brining about 100% transparency in audit system of the institutions. A Provincial Internal Audit Cell (PIAC) has also been established and housed in the Finance department; as an apex body responsible for the overall supervision and guidance of departments.
USAID funded project ASP has been engaged with the provincial government through finance department for the last 3 years in providing technical assistance for implementation of Internal Audit across 11 priority departments. ASP’s strategic intervention aimed at providing support in establishing the structures, systems, policies and procedures for internal audit in line with the international internal auditing standards; training and on-the-job assistance to more than 200 internal audit staff members has also been completed.