Consecration and Inauguration of RAA’s Professional Development Centre at Tsirang
On November 1, 2018, coinciding with the Constitution Day of Bhutan and also as a part of 50-Years celebration of bilateral relationship between the Kingdom of Bhutan and Republic of India, the Royal Audit Authority (RAA) consecrated and inaugurated its Professional Development Centre at Tsirang. The consecration ceremony was presided over by His Eminence Dorji Lopen of the Zhung Dratshang. The ceremony was also attended by four Lam Netens, Members of National Council, monks from the Tsirang Rabdey and other dignitaries. The inauguration was graced by Dasho Ugen Chewang, Chairperson of the Druk Holding and Investments and also the former Auditor General.
The establishment of a Training Centre is well aligned with the Constitutional mandates enshrined in the Article 25.1 of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Bhutan, which stipulates ‘There shall be a Royal Audit Authority to audit and report on the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in the use of public resources.” Further, Section 55 (5) of the Audit Act of Bhutan 2018 empowers the Auditor General to “develop and implement training programmes, which ensures that audit staff remains competent to carry out their duties in accordance with the prevailing standards and practices”.
The proposal of the establishment of Training Centre was submitted in Annual Audit Report 2006. Subsequently, the 87th Session of the erstwhile National Assembly in 2007 duly recognized the importance of providing continuous professional development training to officials and staff of RAA. The deliberation of the session read as “in the event approaches to provide in-house training to staffs of the RAA are not initiated from now, it would result in a state of not being able to present detailed and honest audit reports with the institution of the democratic system in the country. Since the absence of a Training Centre has marred the effectiveness of the Audit System, members opined that it was imperative for the National Assembly to acknowledge the proposal of the RAA and direct the establishment of a Training Centre on Auditing at the earliest possible”.
Accordingly, the 87th Session resolved that the RAA and the RCSC should jointly discuss the establishment of a Training Centre with the relevant ministries and assess its requirement and the availability of funds.
Subsequently, the Royal Government of Bhutan in the 10th Five Year Plan explored the resources and allocated Nu. 43.000 million for the construction through the Project Tied Assistance of the Government of India. Due to increase in the scope of the work, additional fund of Nu. 150.000 million was allocated in the 11th Five Year Plan. Again during the plan consultation meeting with the Government of India, the activity was prioritized and accorded an additional budget of Nu. 62.000 million which aggregated to Nu. 255.000 million altogether.
The project management exercised utmost prudence and was able to successfully complete the project within available resources and with required quality.
The Vision of the Centre is ‘A premier learning center to promote excellence in Public Accountability and Good Governance.’
The Mission is to ‘Enhance professionalism in the fields of auditing, accounting, public administration and good governance through continuous research, innovation and trainings and to create a learning environment that fosters individual growth and highest ethical and professional standards.”
The Center has four main objectives to accomplish its Mission:
i) To ensure continuous professional development of auditors through various in‐house and in‐country trainings, workshops, etc. on topical subjects;
ii) To train people from external agencies in various streams of Public Accountability and help promote good governance;
iii) To liaise with other national and international agencies and impart Professional Development Courses on common areas of concern; and
iv) To cater to training programmes organized by external stakeholders (both national and international).
The Center will be headed by Program Director supported by three functional services:
Training Coordination and Facilitation Services;
Training Research and Development Services; and
The RAA has always attached great importance to remain relevant and add VALUE AND BENIFITS to the citizens through continuous professional development of human resources. Institutions like RAA has to respond to the changes happening around it. It has to respond to the expectations of the citizens and maximize the value that audit reports provide. It also requires to continuously engage in upgrading, re-skilling and ensuring dynamism in its capability to be adequately equipped in a fast changing and fiercely competitive world.
The formal inauguration of the Professional Development Center in Tsirang is a TESTAMENT to the magnitude of importance given to our relentless capacity development initiatives. The day will be remembered as the day when RAA has laid a resilient foundation for its professional capacity development. This foundation will go a long way in shaping the professional human capacity of RAA and culminate into an epitome of professional excellence.
The RAA has gained membership to International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) in 1987, which operates as an umbrella organisation for the external government audit community. It promotes development and transfer of knowledge, improve government auditing worldwide and enhance professional capacities. The RAA is also member of Asian Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (ASOSAI). As RAA gains more experience and maturity, it will also host INTOSAI and ASOSAI international workshops, seminars, trainings, retreats etc. Hence, the Centre will serve as platform for professional growth, to explore deeper collaboration, to promote research and exchange of expertise and training in auditing and in other fields.
The RAA has developed utilization plan of its infrastructure including sharing of facilities with other stakeholders for optimum and effective utilization of available facilities.