The closing Conference of the Twinning Project “Further strengthening of the impact of the National Audit Office” is held. This project is funded by the European Union and implemented by the Supreme Audit Office of Poland.
The conference was attended by the Auditor General of Kosovo, Besnik Osmani, the President of the Supreme Audit Institution of Poland, Marian Banaś and his collaborators, and the Deputy Head of Cooperation at EU Office in Kosovo, Hillen Francke.
In his opening remarks in the conference, the Auditor General of the Republic of Kosovo, Besnik Osmani, thanked the European Union for financing the Twinning Project “Further strengthening of the impact of the National Audit Office” and the Supreme Audit Institution of Poland for the professionalism, commitment, and contribution given to successfully implement this project.
Osmani has commended the cooperation with the Polish colleagues, saying that the implementation of this project aimed at further improving the management of public finances in Kosovo and enhancing trust in public spending by promoting transparency and increasing public accountability.
Despite the fact that 90% of the project was implemented during the pandemic, with many challenges and uncertainties about the situation, the project has been successfully implemented. Thanks to this project, the National Audit Office has a Communication Strategy in place that aims at more effective communication with citizens, Parliament and other stakeholders; the Guideline for audit recommendations and the database of recommendations through which we aim to increase the quality of recommendations we give and transparency regarding the recommendations in real time; the updated Manual for Financial and Compliance Audit through which we aim to increase the quality of our audits and be closer to International Auditing Standards,” Osmani said.
On the other hand, the President of the Supreme Audit Institution of Poland, Marian Banaś, expressed his satisfaction with the results achieved by the Twinning Project “Further strengthening of the impact of the National Audit Office”. He said that this project has served to increase the audit quality and implementation of recommendations by auditees. Banaś expressed his acknowledgment to the colleagues from SAI of Poland and Kosovo NAO for the continuous cooperation within this project.
“I am happy and proud that SAI of Poland has managed to implement this Project in Kosovo. We, as countries, share similar experiences and background. I would like to thank the Auditor General of the Republic of Kosovo for his vision and courage. Besnik Osmani is truly a responsible leader who understands the importance of development of cooperation,” said Banaś.
Deputy Head of Cooperation at EU Office in Pristina, Hillen Francke, said that she feels good about having funded this project, which has yielded fruitful results, and that the European Union Office remains committed to continue to support the National Audit Office in capacity building.
“I am truly pleased with the results of the Twinning Project between the National Audit Office of Kosovo and the National Audit Office of Poland. As well as the EU, we are pleased with the cooperation between these two organisations because both sides have shown a lot of flexibility in implementing the project in the time of pandemic. This is not the first time we are assisting Kosovo NAO, in fact this is the seventh project we support. Supreme Audit Institutions are very important when it comes to spending of public money and accountability,” said Francke. She added that the NAO has continuously increased the number of audits of Publicly Owned Enterprises and audits of donor funds. But its greatest success is membership to the most important international audit organisations INTOSAI and EUROSAI.
Afterwards, the project results were presented in detail by the Deputy Auditor General of Kosovo and Project Leader at the same time, Ilir Salihu and the Project Leader from the Supreme Audit Institution of Poland Wojciech Kutyla.
The objective of the twinning project was to support the National Audit Office of Kosovo in further building its capacities while sustainably reaching its objectives and accomplishing its mission in accordance with International Standards of Supreme Audit Institutions (ISSAIs) and increasing its impact of through intensified communication with citizens, Parliament and other stakeholders.
The main components of this project were: (i) Communication with citizens, Parliament and other stakeholders; (ii) Strengthening institutional capacity of NAO; and (iii) Updating audit (financial and compliance) manuals and working papers, in accordance with legislation and ISSAIs.
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