On July 12 2013, in Podgorica, Mr.Bujar Leskaj, Chairman of ALSAI, signed an Agreement on Cooperation with the Montenegrin homologue of the State Audit Institution, Mr. Milan Dabović.
The Chairman of ALSAI was accompanied in this event by Mr.Robert Gjini, Director General and Mrs.Dëshira Huqi, head of international relations sector, while Mr. Dabović was accompanied by the member of Senate, Mr. Branislav Radulović and by other members of audit and foreign relations staff.
The State Audit Institution of Montenegro, established in 2004 is an independent, professional and impartial audit institution of budget expenses and management of state property. The institution has a Senate and Audit Board. His headed by the President elected among the 5 members of the Senate and has a 9 years mandate, without the right of re-election. Each of Senate’s members must chair one of the five sectors into which is structured the institution.
The Agreement on Cooperation, considered by the two heads of Supreme Audit Institutions as positive and fruitful, was prepared not only to respect the principles of sharing best practices and knowledge between the parties, under INTOSAI motto, "Experientia Mutua Omnibust Prodest”, but under a closer regional cooperation for the two neighboring countries.
In this context Mr.Leskaj, and Mr.Dabović, shared valuable information about the institutional audit activity, reflecting the different types of audits in the strategic areas where they were developed, the recommendations, ect.
A crucial point considered by the two senior executives, was to increase the quality of performed audits, particularly in the ALSAI where given the significant increase in the number of training for the auditors, this feature has increased significantly. Mr.Leskaj and Mr. Dabović, agreed that the increase in quality, increased as well reliability for the actvity of Supreme Audit Institutions. They also said that it would be very beneficial to organize the conducting of a joint audit in the future.
This mutual agreement, will have in the spotlight too, the share of knowledge and audit methods, considering the specific institutional experiences, but also the best experiences of international partners, which will serve to further increase the capacity and professionalism in conducting audits.
To get a more comprehensive and a more extensive overview of SAI activity during the past year, Mr.Leskaj donated to Mr.Dabović, a complete set of ALSAI publications, especially to be mentioned, the History of ALSAI, the publication on EUROSAI, two recent publications, ALSAI's performance in 2012 and Public Audit 4. Mr.Leskaj invited Mr. Dabović, to be present at the next edition of the magazine with an editorial. The presents as well as the invitation, were mostly appreciated and received with great interest by Montenegrin counterpart.
The positive impact of this Agreement, is expected to be developed soon, through joint institutional activities.