‘More to be done’

Speaker of Parliament, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau (left) with Auditor- General Fiji Ajay Nand and Auditor- General NSW Australia Margaret Crawford (front right) at the Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions Congress at Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa in Sigatoka. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

EVEN though Fiji has started to take actions towards the Sustainable Development Goals implementations, the country still needs to do much more, says Speaker of the House Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.

While speaking at the 22nd Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions (PASAI) congress in Nadroga yesterday, he said more collaboration was needed between the public, civil and private sectors.

“The Government of Fiji has also reiterated the need for non-government organisations, civil societies, individuals, companies and other stakeholders to collaborate and engage in this journey,” Ratu Epeli said.

Recognising the contribution of the Auditor-General’s role in this collaborative effort, Ratu Epeli said Fiji was on the right path in terms of achieving the 2030 SDG Agenda.

“Fiji’s National Development Plan (NDP) provides for the Office of the Auditor-General’s role to monitor and report on the implementation of the plan which include SDGs that are relevant and those that are prioritised for Fiji.

“The unique position of the Office of the Auditor-General as an oversight body responsible for audit of State agencies, State entities, provincial and municipal councils, gives the office the opportunity to understand the linkages between agencies in the implementation of the SDGs.”

He added that the Auditor-General’s role was also one that promoted accountability.

“They are established domestic accountability institutions with the mandate of holding national governments to account.

“They contribute to improving government performance by informing national monitoring and evaluation (m&e) systems with independent evaluations of the effectiveness of policies and program related to SDGs, they can provide new information that would not be otherwise available through the SDG follow-up and review system and make recommendations for improving implementation.

“And finally, they cater for the interest of the public and enable the public to have a role in monitoring SDG implementation.”

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