Finance Indaba 2017: Auditor-General of SA stresses accountability in finance

"In the past year, the AGSA’s general (“state-of-nation”) reports were built around a theme of accountability and we see CFO’s, both in public and private sectors, as critical players in making sure that accountability in our country, with specific reference to public finance and performance management, is strengthened," says Jan van Schalkwyk, corporate executive at the Auditor-General of SA (AGSA), a silver partner at the Finance Indaba Africa 2017 on 12 and 13 October 2017 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

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Do you want to learn more about AGSA's focus on ethical conduct in business and society? Do you want to be informed about the latest and greatest in finance? Then don't miss the Finance Indaba Africa 2017.

In the coming weeks, we will be chatting to all the Indaba partners, asking them why they are joining the event and what their most important message for finance professionals is.

Why will you be present at the Finance Indaba?
"In the past year, the AGSA's general ("state-of-nation") reports were built around a theme of accountability and we see CFO's, both in public and private sectors, as critical players in making sure that accountability in our country, with specific reference to public finance and performance management, is strengthened. We will also have a stand where we will introduce attendees to a career in public sector auditing."

What will you be talking about or showcasing?
"The theme of our AG's engagement is "more than a profession - the moral and social contract". In this discussion, he aims to deal with the importance of ethical conduct in business and society. He will talk about the important role that CFOs can play in advocacy for strong public finance and performance management, good governance and professionalism throughout the broader public and private sector accounting and auditing profession. The discussion will also focus on the importance of professional accountants and auditors being active members of their professional bodies, how they should be good and active citizens of SA and how they should be investing in the future of SA."

What challenges can you help finance professionals/firms with in 2017?
"Understanding and coping with the demands of public finance and performance management - making a success of working in public sector and, in doing so, contributing to the welfare of the citizens of SA."

The AGSA member of the International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions. What does this entail? "INTOSAI is an international organisation of 192 Auditors-General internationally that come together on a voluntary basis to deal with matters of professional standards, capacity-building and knowledge-sharing. AG Makwetu heads up the Capacity-building Committee (CBC) of INTOSAI. This engagement is critical as a tool to share the SA experiences with the rest of the world, but also to benchmark our practices and learn from our colleagues."