Ghanaian government ploughs $2m into auditing process automation

1 Mar 18

The government of Ghana will give $2m in a move to make the national audit service paperless to “protect the public purse”.

The money will fund the automation of the auditing process in the country, which will aim to make the Ghana Audit Service more responsive in the fight against corruption.

Approximately $500,000 of the $2m has been allocated under the Public Financial Management project to train staff in the use of computer-aided tools and capacity building.

Vice president Mahamudu Bawumia said automation of the audit process is part of the PFM reforms aimed at enhancing efficiency in the public sector.

“It is sad to say that while almost all government systems are either automated or are in the process of being automated, the Audit Service is still using manual auditing processes.

“A fully automated Audit Service will take the role of protecting the public purse to a level higher than it is today. It is time for the Audit Service to go paperless,” he said.

The country’s finance minister said last year public authorities would replace their financial management systems to tackle issues of transparency and ensure good governance.

Ghana recorded its worst performance in the last six years in the efforts to tackle corruption, the latest corruption perception index (CPI) found in February.

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