"A credible Supreme Audit Institution that promotes value for money and good governance in public operations and contributes towards achieving the societal aspirations of Gross National Happiness.”
" RAA is an independent constitutional body which contributes to accountability, transparency and effective service delivery. In the service of Tsa-Wa-Sum (the King, Country and People), we audit without fear, favour or prejudice and provide timely, reliable and quality audit services to assist effective decision making in the public sector. ”
The Oath of Good Conduct, Ethics and Secrecy of Auditors were administered on 6th February 2017 for the new auditors who have joined the Royal Audit Authority in the year 2016 and 2017. A total 22 new recruits pledged and subscribed to the 16 Principles essential for good conduct, ethics and secrecy to be an ideal auditor in carrying out the duties and responsibilities as an auditor of the Royal Government of Bhutan.
The Venerable Guenzhug Neten of the Zhung Dratshang administered the Oath in presence of the Hon’ble Auditor General of Bhutan.
A total of 32 auditors are attending six days workshop on planning ISSAIs based pilot audits on three audit disciplines of Financial, Performance and Compliance at Namgay Heritage Hotel, Thimphu. The workshop is being facilitated by three Subject Matter experts from the INTOSAI Development Initiatives (IDI), Norway.
In preparation for the said workshop, the RAA had carried out revisions of audit methodologies in the month of November 2016 and the pilot audits will be based on the revised methodologies. The ISSAIs based pilot audits are slated to conduct in six different agencies and expect to set the benchmark for future audits.
The workshop is being funded by the World Bank and will end on 8th February 2017.
The Royal Audit Authority is conducting a two-week induction programme for fourteen new recruits. The induction programme from 23rd January to 9th February, 2017 will provide orientation to 5 civil engineers, 5 PGDFM trainees, one Personal Assistant and three other officials transferred to RAA from other agencies and departments.
The new recruits will be familiarized with the roles and responsibilities of RAA, the various aspects of audits, types of audits conducted and of various other topics related to audit.
The induction programme is being conducted in line with BCSR 2012.
The Hon’ble Auditor General accompanied by senior officials of Royal Audit Authority conducted the audit awareness programme for the officials of Samste Dzongkhag, Local Leaders, Corporate offices, RBA Samste and Rabdey on 16th January 2017. The same programme for Wing-I, RBA Tendruk and Wing-VIII, RBA Samtse was conducted on 17th January 2017.
The Hon’ble Auditor General of Bhutan conducted the audit awareness and advocacy programmes for MoEA MoIC, Chhukha Dzongkhag and Phuentsholing Drungkhag from 5-11 January 2017. The programmes were attended by officials from respective ministries and agencies including members of the Dzongkhag Rabdey.
The advocacy programmes which started in November 2016 is aimed at helping the public understand the problems at the grassroots level, and to clarify the myths and misconceptions about the RAA, its audit functions, mandates, roles & responsibilities.
The RAA is also taking advantage of such gatherings and making presentations on the currently being implemented initiatives on ISSAIs. The awareness programme has now been conducted for five ministries and six dzongkhags.
The RAA is conducting its 63rd PPCM-cum-Mid-Term Review Meeting for 2016-2017 at Phuentsholing. The 3-days meeting will review the progress of all planned activities for 2016-17 and also deliberate and discuss on the many presentations made by auditors. The presentations are expected to disseminate information of the various activities taking place in RAA, as well as of the various policies and decisions made during the period, and also receive valuable feedback and suggestions.
The award of certificates and cash prizes for the “AG’s Assurance Award” for Best Audit Report, Best Performance Audit Report and Most Significant Observations will also be given during the meeting. The meeting concludes on 14 January 2017.
After 38 years of an illustrious service to the nation in general and the RAA in particular, Mr. Pem Chewang, Deputy Chief Audit Officer superannuates from the RAA on the forenoon of 1st January 2017. The family of RAA acknowledged his sincerity and commitment in service towards Tsa-Wa-Sum and expressed deep gratitude for being a very dedicated officer on whom the younger generation can look upon.
Reflecting back on the 38 years of his service to the nation, he said that RAA has come a long way and transformed from a mere Audit Department to a Constitutional Body. He recalled a time when the entire RAA had only one Mahindra Jeep to be used by the Deputy Auditor General, and when the fields auditors travelled by buses through bumpy and narrow roads.
To mark the occasion, the Hon’ble Auditor General awarded the life time service medal and certificate of appreciation for his exemplary service to the RAA and wished him a peaceful and successful retired life.
The three Deputy Auditors General also wished him peaceful retired life and reached him to his residence at Pension Colony to bid farewell to an officer that the RAA will remember for years to come.
Four officers of the RAA will attend the training programme on ‘Human Resource & Communication Strategy’ at the Bangkok School of Management, Thailand from 2nd to 14th January 2017.
The World Bank funded programme’s objective is to develop a holistic Human Resource Strategy and a Communication Strategy. The participants upon their return are expected to develop HR Strategy and Communication Strategy Documents for the RAA.
The Royal Audit Authority is pleased to release the First Issue of Volume II of its Newsletter and wishes all our readers and stakeholders a very happy and successful Fire Female Rooster Year 2017. This issue covers all significant news and events happened in the RAA and also novel initiatives undertaken by the Royal Audit Authority from August to December 2016.
The Hon’ble Auditor General of Bhutan is in India upon the invitation of the Comptroller & Auditor General of India. During the 10 days visit, the Auditor General and team will visit the C&AG’s Regional Training Institutes in Patna, Bihar and Kolkata, West Bengal to get in first experience on conduct of trainings and explore possibilities of RAA auditors to train at institutes that are closer to home.