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Nation leaders must be held accountable to prevent corruption: AG

Fathmath Shaahunaz
14 December 2016, MVT 14:55
Auditor General Hassan Ziyath (L) with Vice President Abdulla Jihad at the inauguration of Audit Office' Strategic Plan and new website. PHOTO: HUSSAIN SHAYAAH/MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
14 December 2016, MVT 14:55

Holding nation leaders accountable for their actions is imperative to prevent corruption and exploitation, stated Auditor General Hassan Ziyath on Wednesday.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the Audit Office’s Strategic Plan and new website, AG Ziyath declared that holding the nation’s leaders accountable and responsible will strengthen the rapport between the government and citizens.

“Every institution of the state must recognise the work of each other. We must work for the good of the people, for their interests,” said AG Ziyath at the ceremony which was also attended by the Anti-Corruption Commission’s President Hassan Luthufee and top officials of various independent institutions.

Proclaiming that the Maldives’ Audit Office functions in accordance with international and professional standards, the Auditor General said that its Strategic Plan charts the map for its progress while the new website is a platform to share the office’s work and information with the public.

AG Ziyath highlighted that the Audit Office had hastened its proceedings and released more reports than average this year. He added that the office is working to issue more licenses and oversee work of local auditors, facilitating more opportunities.

The Auditor General further announced that the government is working to found a professional accountancy body in the Maldives in addition to seeking improvements to legal challenges.

The Audit Office’s Strategic Plan and website were inaugurated by Vice President Abdulla Jihad. The Strategic Plan features four main goals with holding state institutions accountable and strengthening their integrity, maintaining the effectiveness of the parliament and law-making body, establishing the Audit Office as an exemplary paradigm to be followed, and expanding the auditing and accounting sectors of the nation with the founding of an accountancy body.

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