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H.E. Dr. Harib Al Amimi, President of the SAI and the Chairman of INTOSAI, chaired the UAE delegation participating in the work of UN/ INTOSAI Seminar 24 which was held in Vienna from 31 of May until the 2nd of June. The heads of supreme audit institutions (SAIs), UN representatives and international representatives of organizations and institutions participated in the Seminar. The Seminar discussed the issue of "digitization and open data, the methods of extraction, importance, its effect to the auditing in the audit institution and its contribution in achieving the sustainability development goals". This Seminar is in the context of the continuous cooperation and coordination between the INTOSAI and the UN to reflect the UN General Assembly Resolution No. 66/209 concerning "promoting the efficiency of public administration, accountability, effectiveness and transparency by promoting the SAIs".

The SAI presented a working paper on this issue clarifying the importance of using the IT in auditing particularly with regard to documentation the process of inspection, auditing, archiving documents, extracting and analyzing data , accompanied by saving time and effort and contribute in the accuracy and the quality of audit reports.

The Seminar concluded with number of recommendations and results, of which the most important was encouraging the audit institutions to adopt strategies on using the IT in the audit process and training the auditors to use these techniques. The seminar also recommended encouraging the auditees to use the computerized system in managing and using the public fund in which enable a direct and accurate access to data, as well as ensuring the importance of the role of audit institutions in achieving the sustainable goals of UN by "evaluating the readiness of national systems and the prior conditions on implementing the sustainable development goals and applying the processes of performance audit at the government programs related to the development processes and focuses on its efficiency and effectiveness in addition to evaluating the implementation of sustainable development goal No. 12 on establishing the principles of transparency and accountability.