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Raj: Internal Auditor to be Appointed for Commission

The Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission will soon appoint a qualified internal auditor on a project basis responsible for submitting financial statements to the Office of the Auditor-General. Commission director
29 Mar 2017 11:00
Raj: Internal Auditor to be  Appointed for Commission
Fiji Human Rights and Anti-discrimination Commission director, Ashwin Raj yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission will soon appoint a qualified internal auditor on a project basis responsible for submitting financial statements to the Office of the Auditor-General.

Commission director Ashwin Raj said this while making submissions on the 2014 Auditor-General Report before the Public Accounts Committee in Parliament yesterday.

For an institution that did not undertake financial audits since 2008, Mr Raj said, it was important that the Commission made serious efforts in strengthening the ethos of accountability, transparency and good governance.

Public Accounts Committee member Alexander O’Connor (left), while listening to submissions from Fiji Human Rights and Anti-discrimination Commission director, Ashwin Raj yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Public Accounts Committee member Alexander O’Connor (left), while listening to submissions from Fiji Human Rights and Anti-discrimination Commission director, Ashwin Raj yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

He said the appointment of an internal auditor would comply with national legislations and financial accountability.

The appointment is expected to be made in June, he said.

The last operation audit was conducted in 2014 and the next one was scheduled later this year, Mr Raj told the committee.

He welcomed the findings in the 2014 Auditor General report.

He said since 2008 the Commission had failed to comply with requirements of the financial manual.

“What we are proposing that from 30th November 2017 to 15th November 2017, what we intend to do is clear up all the financial audits from 2008.

“From 8th June to 29th June, 2018 we will again look at the reports from 2010 onwards, by 2020 we should exhaust all these reports, they should be before the Office of the Auditor General.

“We have commissioned a financial memo by 2020 to fully implement and standardise the financial report mechanism to comply with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and national legislations,” Mr Raj said.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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