The Administrative Control and Transparency Authority (ACTA), in cooperation with the Qatar Finance and Business Academy (QFBA), organized a comprehensive course on “Internal Audit Mechanisms Enhancing Integrity, Transparency and Anti-Corruption in Governmental Agencies”. The course targeted directors of internal audit departments or their representatives in various government agencies, with the aim of introducing participants to the internal audit mechanisms, which seek to reduce administrative and financial corruption, especially in the government sector, and to provide them with the skills and abilities necessary to implement the control mechanisms in accordance with best practices and international standards.
The training program lasted for 4 days, during the period from 20 to 23rd of October, with the participation of directors of internal audit departments or their representatives in government agencies.
Through this training program, participants learned about the concept of governance, its framework and mechanisms, and the role of internal audit in the governance process. The program also included the definition of the international professional practice framework for internal auditing and the principles of professional ethics. It also touched on the methodology of risk management, types of risk and nature and its measure methodology. Moreover, the training focused on the causes of corruption, how to prevent it, ways to reduce the opportunities that lead to it and the role of internal audit in the process of preventing corruption.
The course concluded by talking about the methodology of preparing for the internal audit programs, methods of gathering information, preparing working papers, writing reports and presenting the audit results.
ACTA stated that such training programs help trainees to identify cases of monitoring administrative and financial abuses, provide trainees with skills to detect potential corruption cases, and enhance the level of awareness among internal audit officials about the importance of corruption prevention and the mechanisms of building an internal audit and control system, which enhances integrity, transparency and prevention of corruption.
It is worth mentioning that the QFBA is a national educational and development institution, which aims to provide practical and innovative educational services to the financial, business and government sectors in Qatar.
For its part, ACTA confirmed its keenness to cooperate with the QFBA through a series of training initiatives, which are implemented to upgrade the levels of public sector employees, through the provision of world-class training.