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8th March 2024

World Bank Institutional Mission to Ghana Audit Service (GAS) under the GoG Public Financial Management for Service Delivery (PFM4SD)

World Bank Institutional Mission to Ghana Audit Service (GAS) under the GoG Public Financial Management for Service Delivery (PFM4SD)

The World Bank with the delegation from Ghana’s development partners (including European Union  and GIZ) undertook a Mission visit to GAS under the Public Financial Management (PFM4SD) initiative. The Mission was to ascertain GAS's implementation status of the PFM Strategy (2022-2026) as at the end of 2023 and assent on the first half year of 2024 outlook results to be achieved under the PFM4SD.

The PFM Strategy serves as Ghana’s blueprint to consolidate and sustain progress made in public financial management over the last two decades, address identified weaknesses, and contribute to improving PFM outcomes for Ghana.

Following from the PFM Strategy, GAS participation in the PFM4SD under the Disbursement Link Indicator Eight (DLI8) aims to improve accountability and legislative oversight through effective partnership and coordination with Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee, Internal Audit Agency, and Civil Society Organisations for a better public service delivery.

Mr. Patrick Neequaye, an Assistant Auditor-General responsible for Information System Audit, presented an overview of GAS activities under the PFM Strategy and the PFM4SD highlighting the expected outcomes, progress, challenges and mitigatory interventions put in place to achieve the desired objectives. He further, indicated that Pillar Five of the PFM Strategy identified eight interventions under the broad areas to strengthen external audit independence, enhance staff capacity in the use of emerging audit methodologies, automation of audit process, conduct value-for-money procurement audits and adoption of e-learning platforms and improvement of ICT infrastructure.

Mr. Mohammed Zakaria Ali, Deputy Auditor-General in charge of Central Government Audit Department who represented the Auditor-General expressed commitment of the Service to implementing the Audit Management Information System (AMIS) and engaging in change management initiatives.

Mr. Ali on behalf of Management of the Service expressed gratitude for the insights and recommendations provided by the World Bank Mission delegation and Dr. Mohammed Sani Abdulai (PFM4SD Program Director), underscored the Services’ commitment to continuous improvement and excellence in PFM initiatives.

Present at the meeting were Mr. Seidu Ahmed Kyei (Deputy Auditor-General in charge of Finance, Administration and Human Resources Department), Mrs. Roberta Assiamah-Appiah (Deputy Auditor-General in charge of Educational Institutions Department (Southern sector)), Messrs John Godfred Kojo Addison (Deputy- Auditor General in charge of Commercial Audits Department), Mr. Lawrence Ndaago Ayagiba (Deputy Auditor-General in charge of Performance and Special Audits Department),Ms. Eugenia Nortey, (Assistant Auditor-General, Finance), Mr. Michael Addo (Director-Parliamentary Affairs Unit), Mr Alfred Essel (Assistant Director, IT Technical Unit) and PFM4SD Secretariat Staff