Funded by the US Embassy in Mauritius under the Fiscal Transparency Innovative Fund (FTIF), the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) organized a series of workshops during October and November 2019 aimed at increasing awareness of fraud and corruption in the public sector in Seychelles. The project, which brought together over 50 participants from 7 different public bodies, included sessions of awareness augmentation and practical training in forensic auditing as a tool to combat such malpractices. The project also resulted in the production of a manual to guide public officers in the prevention and identification of fraudulent practices and fighting the same, where they exist, through the methodology outlined in the manual.

The training and workshops were attended by over 50 staff from OAG, SRC, FIU, IAD, PEMC, ACCS and FSA.

The launching of the manual held on 28 October 2019, at Eden Blue Hotel, was attended by the Deputy Head of Mission from the US Embassy, the Minister for Finance, Trade and Economic Planning, several members of National Assembly, several CEOs and other invited guests numbering over seventy-five persons. The keynote speech was delivered by the Minister for Finance, Mr Lalanne, followed by the welcome remarks by the Auditor General. The Deputy Head of Mission also addressed the gathering. The manual was launched by Auditor General, Gamini Herath, by handing over copies of the same to the Minister for Finance and the Deputy Head of the Mission, Ms. Judes E Debaere.

Following the launching ceremony, the consultant, Mr Carstens, wrapped up the day with panel discussions which was attended by the CEOs of POU and ACCS and the Head of Internal Audit Division of the Ministry of Finance.

The ‘Seychelles Public Sector Fraud Awareness and Forensic Audit Manual’ can be found on the OAG website; Reports, Downloads, Strategic Documents.

 

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