Liberia: IAA to Begin Automation of Audit Processes

IAA’s Director of Communications, Adolphus B. Kawah

— Initiates Robust Reform

The Authority at Internal Audit Agency (IAA) has disclosed the transition from manual auditing to automated audit processes to ensure real-time reporting, efficiency and quality of service delivery. According to authorities, manual auditing is time-consuming and highly prone to errors.

“We have embarked upon a robust reform process at the IAA and this reform aligns with a five-year strategic plan which aims to improve internal controls across government; enhance human resource capacity; increase efficiency and effectiveness of internal audit functions; and enhance stakeholders and public confidence in the public sector,” IAA’s Director of Communications, Adolphus B. Kawah, said at a press conference on Friday, October 21.

To achieve this plan, Kawah said they are beginning a two-week in-house technical working session to review all existing policies as well as develop new ones that are relevant to the processes and align them with the IAA's five-year strategic plan.

Kawah said the reform presents an opportunity to assess the institutional weaknesses and identify opportunities for improvement in the services they provide to various ministries, agencies and commissions.

According to Kawah, the technical working session will also extensively review the entity’s strategic plan and determine how realistic the milestones that will drive the achievement of the strategic goals are in the short, medium and long terms.

“We are determined to begin achieving some of the major goals in the ensuing fiscal year, including enhancement and capacity building of our staff by supporting them to acquire professional certifications such as certified public accountant, certified internal auditor, and others,” Kawah said.

He said they will focus on the improvement of interaction and coordination with stakeholders, which has already shown huge prospects with commitment from partners to foster stronger collaboration with the IAA moving forward.

"This reform should not come across as censoring the works of predecessors. Instead, it should be building upon what was passed over from previous management and developing new strategies and ideas that conform with present realities. Reform, the world over, is critical for institutional growth,” he stressed.