In 2016 we brought several cooperation projects with other audit institutions to a successful conclusion. Two are highlighted below.
Assisting the National Audit Office of Tanzania’s audit of oil and natural gas production
Financed by: the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The National Audit Office of Tanzania issued four reports on oil and natural gas production in the country in March 2016. The reports were prepared with the assistance of the Netherlands Court of Audit. Large gas fields have been discovered in Tanzania in recent years. It is important that the revenues from these natural resources are used for the benefit of the population as a whole. The National Audit Office wants to play a major role in the accountability for and transparency of the costs and benefits of oil and gas production. The reports included very critical findings on the environmental impact of production, knowledge management, the management of geological materials and the licensing and concession procedures. The findings received a great deal of media attention and measures were taken in response to them, including a staff reorganisation at the industry supervisor. The National Audit Office of Tanzania began two new audits in 2016, one regarding the collection of revenues and one regarding the compatibility of the education system with the labour market. Our team is also providing assistance on these audits.
The State Audit Institution of Serbia – Preparing for accession to the European Union
Financed by: the European Commission
We rounded off our twinning project with the State Audit Institution of Serbia (DRI) on 18 March 2015. The two-and-a-half year project was carried out in collaboration with the National Audit Office of the United Kingdom and with staff and experts from the Slovenian and Swedish audit institutions. The project’s goal was to improve accountability for the regular and efficient use of public funds in Serbia and to strengthen the effectiveness of their management. This international peer-to-peer assistance was also directed at strengthening the capacity of the DRI. The project was part of a more extensive programme to prepare the country and its many public sector bodies for accession to the European Union. More information on this project is provided in the flyer.
Since 2000 we have carried out bilateral and multilateral projects with the supreme audit institutions of the following countries:
- St. Maarten
We have also presented workshops in about 20 member countries of the Anglophone network of the African Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (AFROSAI-E).
Peer reviews are an important means to further professionalise the Netherlands Court of Audit. We ask leading audit institutions to take a fresh and critical look at our activities and to assess our compliance with international standards. We also take part in peer reviews of our fellow audit institutions.