Thursday, June 30, 2022

Internal auditors commemorate awareness month

The Minister of Finance and Development Planning Kenneth Matambo will be guest of honor at a sponsored walk to commemorate the 2014 International Institute of Internal Auditors (IIIA) awareness month on May 29.

The coordinator, James Tinarwo, said the 2014 awareness commemoration which will lay the ground for the forthcoming internal audit fraud and corruption pitso which aims to sensitise Batswana and citizens of the world, through the Institute of Internal Auditors Botswana Chapter (IIAB), on the important role played by the internal audit profession.

“Our governments, corporates, societies and citizens, must also advocate for the profession. IIA Global has declared May as the internal audit international awareness month by to accentuate awareness,” he said.

Tinarwo added that IIAB, which was established in 1996, holds the mandate to advocate and promote the value that internal audit professionals add to their organizations. He said IIAB is also tasked with coordinating internal audit professional certifications such as the Certified Internal Audit (CIA), Certified Government Auditing Professinal (CGAP), Certified Financial Services Auditor (CFSA), Certification in Control Self Assessment (CCSA) and the Cerfification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA).

Over the years IIAB has commemorated the internal audit international awareness month through various activities. For instance in 2013 the chapter conducted litter picking and clean up campaigns in Gaborone west and family fun day games at Livingston Kolobeng College in Block 8. Other celebrations were conducted through marches where guest walkers included cabinet ministers and Members of Parliament like Nonofo Molefhi, the late Baledzi Gaolatlhe and Dumelang Saleshando. Tinarwo revealed that in May 2009 IIAB won the International Mastering Advocacy Program (IMAP AWARD) from IIA Global for its advocacy programs.

Established in 1941, IIA Global is headquartered in Altamonte Springs, Florida, USA and has more than 180,000 members. Over the years it has become a well respected voice, recognized authority, acknowledged leader, chief advocate, and principal educator. Although historians have traced the roots of internal auditing to centuries BC, real growth of the profession occurred in the 19th and 20th centuries with the expansion of corporate business. 1941 marked a major turning point, when the US-based internal audit guru, Victor Z. Brink, authored the first major book on internal auditing. The IIA’s certificate of incorporation was filed on November 17, 1941, prior to the first annual meeting on December 9. Since then membership has grown quickly to the current 180,000.

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