RAA signs MoU with CDB for fixing accountability against contractors/consultants on audit issues
The Royal Audit Authority (RAA) and the Construction Development Board (CDB) signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 26 June 2018 at the RAA’s Conference Hall for the effective implementation of fixing accountability to those contractors / consultants on audit issues.
The accountability fixing framework for civil and public servants existed for decades. Since the private sector is equally engaged in the overall utilization of the public resources, the need for extending to the private sector was expressed at various forums to enhance the public accountability mechanism.
In true spirit of collaboration toward enhancing accountability, the RAA and the CDB have also developed the Accountability Fixing Guidelines based on series of stakeholders’ engagement to ingrain sense of responsibility, ownership and accountability in the utilization of public resources. The draft Guidelines was also shared as an ‘exposure draft’ in February 2018 on the RAA’s website seeking valuable comments and feedback from the citizenry.
The guidelines explains the primary objectives of holding the contractors/consultants accountable, the types of observations where accountability can be fixed on contractors/consultants and the procedures to settle audit observations. The fixing of accountability against the contractors/consultants expects to enhance sense of accountability, ownership and responsibility in the public sector and contribute towards improvement in quality of construction works.
The Guidelines will come into effect from 01 July 2018.