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Optimisation and follow-up of Court of Auditors’ reports by executive power insufficient" (Chahed)

Published the:  08/03/2018

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(TAP) - "The optimisation of the Court of Auditors’ reports by the executive power remains insufficient," Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said on Thursday, while inviting the ministers to better follow up the recommendations of these reports for better effectiveness of public policies.

Chairing on Thursday the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Court of Auditors on the theme: “Role of Higher Audit Authorities in Reinforcement of Good Governance,” Chahed added that “the government’s current priority is to establish transparency and enhance accountability and good governance as pillars of anti-corruption fight.”

He also pointed to “The central role that the Court can play in the government's war on corruption, by helping the executive and legislative powers discharge their missions in this field, enlightening the public and revealing shortcomings in the management of public money.”

The PM highlighted the trustworthiness enjoyed by the Court of Auditors that helps it extend its prerogatives to several fields, including the control of election campaign financing.

In this regard, Chahed reiterated the government's determination to ensure the independence of the Court, so that it can play its role in compliance with international standards in force, through the creation of four new chambers and increase its human and financial resources, pending the adoption of its organic law currently submitted to the House of People’s Representatives (HPR).

Taking the floor, Court of Auditors First President Nejib Gtari stressed the importance of the role played by the Court in using public funds to serve citizens.

“Established on March 8, 1968, the Court did not actually start working until ten years later. Its 1st report was published in 1980 and the latest in June 2017. The court produced a total of 30 annual reports covering all aspects of the management of public funds, which have become available to the public since 2011,” he said.

He laid emphasis on the imperative for the Court to be endowed with the necessary human and financial resources and a legal basis ensuring its independence so that it can fully discharge the missions assigned to it according to the Constitution.

In this regard, he urged accelerating the adoption of the draft organic law establishing the powers of the Court and its organisation by the HPR, which will allow the conversion of the Court of Auditors into a Tribunal of Auditors and giving it the legal possibility of post- audit monitoring.

Speaking to reporters, National Anti-Corruption Authority (INLUCC) President Chawki Tabib stressed the importance of the Court's contribution to strengthening the framework of good governance and implementation of a more efficient public action.

He indicated that the INLUCC refers, in several cases it processes and submits to courts, to the annual reports of the Court of Auditors, "the majority of which is thrown out of memory, in spite of the serious facts they reveal."

Tabib deplored the lack of resources suffered by the majority of authorities in charge of monitoring, control and audit of public management, urging the authorities to "invest in the fight against corruption and bad management by applying the law and providing these bodies with the necessary resources