Representatives of SIGMA meet with the Chairman of the Supreme State Audit

12.12.2018

On December 12th, 2018, the Chairman of ALSAI, Mr. Bujar Leskaj met two representatives of SIGMA in his office, Mr. Joop Vrolijk, expert and Mr. Alastair Swarbrick, Senior Adviser to SIGMA, who visited ALSAI given the end of the 7-year term of the Chairman. The ALSAI Chairman was pleased and expressed gratitude to the representatives of SIGMA for the successful cooperation and their support during these seven years. ALSAI should continue to cooperate in the future with SIGMA, as one of the best institutions that has provided concrete products for the SAI.

SIGMA's co-operation has been very fruitful to ALSAI and SIGMA's experts have given their support with generosity and kindness, especially Mr. Joop Vrolijk.

“I am very grateful - Mr. Leskaj continued - that SIGMA and personally Mr. Vrolijk, together with DG Budget in Brussels, have given the institution an extraordinary support for the adoption of the new law, which was enacted by the Assembly of Albania in full compliance with the INTOSAI Standards.”

Mr. Leskaj also mentioned the activities that were organized in cooperation with SIGMA, highlighting the workshop that took place in June 2018, regarding the relations between the SAI and the Parliament, especially with regard to the implementation of the SAI’s recommendations. Following the conclusions of this activity, ALSAI has proposed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Parliament of Albania, and the latter has established a mechanism for the control of independent institutions. “As a conclusion we should gladly conclude - stated Mr. Leskaj - that as a result of joint efforts, we have a better and more consolidated relationship with the Albanian Parliament.”

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Then Mr. Alastair Swarbrick took the floor, thanking Mr. Leskaj for opening the institution and praising his personal contribution for achieving this productive cooperation. SIGMA will continue to cooperate with ALSAI in two key areas:

-In implementing the state budget;

-Planning individual audits based on risk.

ALSAI’s Chairman confirmed the cooperation in these two areas of interest and stressed that according to SIGMA's suggestions, the institution is increasing the number of financial audits.

Finally, Mr. Joop Vrolijk, who worked for more than 10 years with ALSAI, highly appreciated the change that Mr. Leskaj has brought to the institution, opening and modernizing it, and bringing the audit work in accordance with INTOSAI standards. Mr. Vrolijk also greatly appreciated the increase of audit capacities in ALSAI.

At the end of the meeting, Swarbrick and Mr. Vrolijk wished success to Mr. Leskaj on his professional career and private life.

On 13th December, Mr. Alastair Swarbrick, following ALSAI Chairman’s invitation, made a presentation for the auditors, in the “Lech Kaczynski” hall.

Mr. Swarbrick began his presentation with a brief introduction on SIGMA's history, mission and partners. alastar 2

SIGMA is a joint initiative of the OECD and the European Union. Its main objective is to strengthen the foundations for improving public governance and thus to support socio-economic development through capacity building of the public sector, improving horizontal governance, drafting and implementing of public administration reforms, including prioritization, ranking and proper budgeting. SIGMA cooperates with partners to strengthen public governance systems and public administration capacities for 25 years.

SIGMA's mission is to work with countries negotiating to join the European Union (EU), in order to promote and strengthen public governance systems and the capacity of people working in these governments. They help countries in transition fulfill their aspirations for a free-market economy, a stable democracy and rule of law, helping them demonstrate their readiness to join the EU or create closer relations with it, through free movement and trade. SIGMA is funded by the European Union and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. At the end of the presentation, the attending auditors asked their questions to Mr. Swarbr