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Financial Audit operations performed by SAI in the beginning of this year at one of auditees revealed financial irregularities in operations of concluding and implementing public procurement contracts. SAI counted the contracts and their allocated amounts and reviewed the documents associated with the contracting and implementation phases, as well as, accomplishment certificates. Therefore, by tracking the phases of financial payments related to these contracts and comparing it with the level of actual achievement, a variance between the value of financial payment and the value of accomplished works has been occurred.

By documents review, SAI’s Anti-Corruption Department noticed a suspicion of misappropriation of public funds by concluding procurement contracts and services contracts that were not implemented according to the conditions and specifications indicated in the contracts. It was noticed by financial analysis process and criminal audit that one of entity’s staff was involved in cooperation with some employees who delegated the implementation of procurement contracts to his private company. The financial audit team in cooperation with the Anti-Corruption Department discovered that the employee violated the adopted regulations and legislations on government procurements throughout passing the financial installments in cooperation with some employees by using simulated documents to show achieving the requested work ostensibly. Consequently, SAI verified that amounts paid illegally exceeded AED 60 million for services and procurements implemented in values, sizes and specifications less than approved in these contracts.

SAI referred the case file to the judicial authorities to take the legal actions against the suspects, and demanding to return the disbursements to the public treasury of the UAE. 

H.E Harib Alamimi, President of the SAI, Chairman of the INTOSAI stated that protecting the public funds from waste is considered as an obligation for all the society members and a trust devolving upon each employee working in the public sector. He also added that everyone who are assigned for a public service, should perform their duties attached to their position and to use their functional authority impartially and conscientiously, without aiming to get a personal benefit for himself or for the other. 

He also emphasized that the UAE government early recognized the negative impacts of the corruption and its consequences in undermining the rule of law and human rights violations, disruption of development plans and preventing the citizens from obtaining their rights and benefits. UAE has completed and enacted legislations of the institutions and public entities work in order to complete the means of preventing and fighting financial corruption and immunize official practices in the public sector from the harmful impacts of corruption. 

SAI mentioned that it will host the eighth session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption by the end of next year.