Study visit of a delegation from the Arab League, on October 26th, 2015

Mr. the Vice-president of the Court of Auditors received in the presence of Mr. the Secretary-General and the Director of technical analysis and control a delegation of the Department of the financial and administrative control of the League of Arab States, Ms. Amel Nazih Djebali and Mr. Malek MOUSSELI and Hocine DIB.

This visit planned from October 26th to 29th, 2015, was organized at the request of the Department of the financial and administrative control of the League of Arab States.

The study mission also covered the visit of some ministerial departments with proven experience in terms of internal audit.

The purpose of the visit is to identify the procedures, missions and powers of the various control bodies, and to inquire more about their experiences through the control patterns, including the performance audit, the financial and administrative audit and reporting standards.

Visit of a delegation from the of the Middle East and North Africa Regional Office of the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), December 6th, 2015

The President of the Court of Auditors, Mr. Abdelkader BENMAROUF received on December 6th, 2015 at the institution headquarters, a delegation from the MENA regional office of the Nations United of drugs and crime (UNODC) which is a specialized institution of the United Nations Secretariat, based in Vienna. It was composed of Mr. Julien Garsany Deputy Regional Representative of the Regional Office of the said office and Ms. Zorana Markovic Regional adviser responsible for the fight against corruption.

The audience attended by Mr. the Vice-president of the Court of Auditors as well as the general Rapporteur in charge of the annual report and the Director of studies and the processing of information,

After the words of welcome, the President of the Court of Auditors gave a short presentation on the Organization, functioning and mission of the institution. This was followed by a briefing of the deputy regional representative of the Office, on cooperation and technical assistance activities carried out by the office to the countries in the region of the Middle East and North Africa in the context of the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption on October 31st, 2003.

At the end of the two presentations, a discussion began on the opportunities of cooperation between the two institutions to benefit from the experience of UNODC, particularly, with regard to technical support through the Organization of professional meetings devoted to risk mapping and fraud detection techniques during audit missions

Study visit of a delegation of the Jordanian Supreme Audit Institution (SAI), from November 22nd to 26th, 2015

As part of bilateral cooperation and the sharing of experiences between the audit institutions, the Court of Auditors received a delegation of the Jordanian SAI during the period from 22nd to 26th, 2015. It was composed of four auditors; in this case Ms. Abida HACENE Abu Hamad and Ms. Ibtissem Moussa ABOU KERK and Mr. Mamoune AbdAllah Zeghbi and Mr. Mohamed Salem ELAMIRI.

This study visit aims particularly to examine closely the control proceedings and methodologies used to make use of the experience of the Court of Auditors.

The visit focused on the presentation of a number of papers on the Organization and work of the various bodies and structures of the institution as well as on practical topics dealing with audit.

The delegation moved also in the Territorial Chamber of Blida to inquire about its audit activities.

Visit the African Development Bank delegation, on October 1st, 2015

As part of a mission of dialogue and exchange between the African Development Bank (ADB) and the Court of Auditors, Mr. Abdelkader BENMAROUF, President of the Court of Auditors received October 1st, 2015, at the headquarters of the Institution, a delegation of the ADB composed of Mr. Boubacar S. TRAORE, resident representative of the African Bank of development in Algiers and Mamadou YARO, Chief expert of financial management, regional coordinator for the North Africa of the ADB, accompanied by Mr. Abdelaziz DELIBA, assistant director at the Directorate-General of extern economic and financial relations in the Ministry of Finance.

This meeting attended by Mr. Mohamed Salim BENAMAMR, Secretary General of the Court of Auditors and Mr. Mohamed Said CHILA, Director of technical analysis and control.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide information on recent developments in the institutional framework of the ADB concerning the fiduciary management and take knowledge of The Algerian public audit system and the initiatives taken to strengthen it.

The two sides then discussed ways of the possible partnership between the two institutions, especially particularly with regard to the technical support for the assessment of public programs and projects.

Meeting IDI/ARABOSAI with the SAI officials and key stakeholders, (Kuwait, from February 7th to 9th, 2016)

A Capacity Development Initiative of INTOSAI (IDI), in collaboration with the ARABOSAI, held in the Kuwait from February 7th to 9th a meeting which brought together officials and representatives of SAIs, as well as the main stakeholders (representatives of the World Bank and UNDP).

This meeting attended by  Mr. Nacer BELKACEM  (general censor) and Mr. Mouloud SABRI (Director of the DETI).

The purpose of the meeting is to assess the progress of the contents of the portfolio of programs adopted under the INTOSAI capacity development initiative and to ensure the accuracy of the commitment of SAIs in this area with a view to implementing them effectively and in a participatory manner with respect to the SAIs involved.

This is precisely the following programs:

  • The relationship between the SAIs and the stakeholders.
  • The participation of SAIs in the fight against corruption;
  • The audit of the sustainable development goals;
  • The application of the ISSAIS (2nd phase);
  • The performance assessment and reporting strategy;
  • The independence of the SAI;
  • The young leaders of the SAI;
  • Capacity-building of e-learning.

The meeting resulted in the commitment of all of the participating SAIs each according to its own priorities.

Institutional twinning project between the Algerian Court of Auditors and French and Portuguese SAIs

As part of the preparation for the drafting of the twinning contract, a delegation representing the French and Portuguese consortium, composed of Mr. ALVENTOSA Jean Raphael project manager, Ms. BOURDON Viviane resident twinning Advisor and Mrs. HAMDADOU Françoise Assistant in the International Relations Directorate to the French Court of Auditors, made a trip to the Court from Monday 4th  to Wednesday 6th,  May 2015.

Upon arrival, the delegation was received by the President of the court on Monday, May 4th at 3 pm. in addition to the members of the delegation, Mr. the Vice President, Mr. the Secretary-General, Mr. the Chief of staff and Mr. the Director of the of technical analysis and control were present in this audience. At the end of the audience, a first working meeting was held between the members of the delegation on the one hand and the Secretary General and the Director of technical analysis and control, of analysis and control on the other hand.

Tuesday, May 05th, 2015 at 10 a.m, a working session comprising the Director of technical analysis and control and the entire delegation was held in the meeting room of the first floor. It has allowed examining some issues raised by the twinning form and drawing up the timetable for implementation. The partners committed themselves to continue, separately, the reflection and meet again later.

During the second week of May and before a meeting of the project assessment of the progress, the President of the Court has appointed persons responsible for the achievement of the four results.

A second working session was held during the afternoon of Tuesday, May 26th, 2015, the mornings of May 27th and 28th. The delegation, French and Portuguese consortium consisted of Mr. ALVENTOSA Jean Raphael project manager, Ms. Sandra SENICHAULT de IZAGUIRE and HAMDADOU Françoise, management assistants to the Directorate of international relations to the French Court of Auditors. The Court of Auditors was represented by Mr. Mohamed Salim BENAMMAR Secretary General, twinning project manager and key experts responsible for the four results.

The last meeting was held on Wednesday, June 10th, between the project manager of the French and Portuguese consortium, who  joined by the resident twinning Advisor and main experts responsible for the four results, in which the DTAC responsible for both the 1st result and appointed as the resident twinning Advisor counterpart, to finalize the preparation of the twinning project.

Visit to the Court of Auditors on March 10th, 2015, of his Excellency the Ambassador of France in Algeria

As part of the strengthening of cooperation relations Mr. Abdelkader BENMAROUF, President of the Court of Auditors received March 10th, 2015, at the Institution headquarters, his Excellency the Ambassador of France in Algeria, Mr. BERNARD Emié, accompanied by her two collaborators.

This meeting was attended by Mr. the Vice President, Mr. the Secretary-General and Mr. the Chief of staff.

For this occasion, Mr. President of the Court gave a general overview on the Organization, work and activities of the institution.

At the end of this presentation, the two sides discussed the opportunities of strengthening ties of cooperation between the Algerian Court of Auditors and its French counterpart in the field of public finance auditing.

Participation in the workshop of program of support for political and economic governance start in Algeria organized on April 29th , 2015 by the SPRING program

The workshop of program of support for political and economic governance start (called SPRING program) organized on 29/04/2015 at the Hilton hotel in Algiers, was opened by Mr. Ali Mokrani, Director of cooperation with the European Union) Ministry of Foreign Affairs, followed by opening speeches respectively by Ms. Manuela Navarro, chief operating officer of the delegation of the European Union in Algeria and the manager of the P3A.

This meeting was attended by the representatives of the various ministries, public institutions, professional corporations and civil society. The Court of Auditors was represented by Mr. SABRI Mouloud Director of the DETI.

The stakeholders have reestablished the genesis of the creation of the program of support to the implementation of the association agreement (P3A), its evolution, its instruments and the key actions that have been implemented so far, before focusing on the context of the new SPRING program which complements the P3A program.

Due to the delay in the implementation of this program, which was signed on December 19th, 2013 for a total amount of 12 450 000 euros, an financial operational plan of action must be initiated before the end of December 2016, and this, according to the guidelines of the funder.

The workshop then continued with a briefingon the SPRING program in Algeria, presented by Mr. Daniel Bollinger, SPRING expert of the management unit of P3A. This program has three components namely supporting political governance, supporting economic governance and supporting media communication and transparency.

Emphasis was put then on financial instruments which would allow the funding of a «SPRING» program. It’s about twining, SIGMA, thematic workshop projects and TAIEX:

A general discussion was initiated on each component of the program and workshop on the three components of the program. As such, three groups were formed according to the mission of each institution and organization presented at the workshop. The rapporteurs of the groups have presented the results of the work in the form of plenary meetings consisting of the expression of the needs for cooperation regarding the three aforementioned components.

Before the end of the workshop, the P3A Director explained that further meetings will be organized to better meet of the needs expressed by the various groups.

Workshop on «the role of the Court of Auditors in the prevention and the fight against fraud and corruption», Algiers on April 8th and 9th, 2015

As part of the program of support the implementation of the agreement of association between Algeria and the European Union, the Court of Auditors held on April, 8th and 9th, 2015 in its headquarters, jointly with SIGMA, a thematic workshop dedicated to the «role of the Court of auditors in preventing and fighting against fraud and corruption».

The workshop was inaugurated by an opening statement of the President of the Court of Auditors. In this context, he referred the objective of the workshop to strengthen the professional capacity of the institution also enable it to play fully and effectively its role in preventing and fighting against the various forms of fraud and illegal or illicit practices. The workshop brought together experts from several European countries who shared their experiences with their Algerian counterparts.

In addition to the management and judges of the Court of auditors, the workshop was attended also by representatives of the General Inspectorate of finance, the national body for Prevention and fight against corruption and the Central Anti-Corruption Office.

This workshop was organized according to a participatory, open and dynamic method, the workshop covered several issues namely:

  • The fraud and corruption types and the importance of internal audit to prevent fraud;
  • International standards of fraud and corruption;
  • The risks mapping of fraud and corruption;
  • The INTOSAINT, an instrument to assess the integrity of the SAI?
  • The good practices for fraud control and audit;
  • The prevention and the fight against fraud and corruption, the Italian experience.

Enhancing an anti-fraud environment, through improved public financial management, internal assessment of control systems and identification and correction of weaknesses raised during the control are levers for the Court to fulfill its mandate in accordance with its legal mandate.

During the two days of the workshop, participants divided into working group discussed the opportunities of adapting the tools and experiences to the Algerian context in the morning sessions. These groups worked together to map out the risks and to propose ideas for the court of auditors’ strategy so that it could strengthen its role in preventing and fighting the various forms of fraud that constitute of the ethical and the duty of probity breaches or affecting the assets and public funds.