The 38th founding anniversary of the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General (OCAG) of Bangladesh and inauguration of OCAG Media and Communication Cell was held on May 11, 2011 at Audit Bhaban.
Honorable President of the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh Md. Zillur Rahman was present as the Chief Guest and inaugurated the OCAG Media and Communication cell. Adviser to the Honorable Prime Minister Dr. Mashiur Rahman; Chairman, Public Accounts Committee Dr. Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir MP; US Ambassador James F. Moriarty and Canadian High Commissioner Robert McDougall attended the program as special guests.
Honorable President said that the people of Bangladesh are the real owner of the government exchequer. To establish a sound financial management, exemplary measures should be taken against those engaged in misappropriation of public money. Honorable President mentioned that the government officials should be more pragmatic and responsible while spending public money and stressed on promoting transparency and accountability in public financial management to safeguard the tax payers money.
CAG Ahmed Ataul Hakeem in his welcome address said that, transparency and accountably is imperative for good governance and democracy. He mentioned that, OCAG was created in 1973 and till date has submitted 918 audit reports to the Parliament. He mentioned that approximately Tk. 6000 crores was recovered and adjusted in the year 2010 as a result of OCAG audit activities. He added that, to foster the concept of Digital Bangladesh, all activities and functions of audit department are in the process of full automation.
In his speech Dr. Mashiur Rahman urged the officials of audit department to give equal emphasis on performance audit along with financial audit. He advised for expert assistance whenever necessary to conduct effective performance audit.
Dr. Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir MP, Chairman, Public Accounts Committee mentioned that Auditor General office plays a key role in promoting good governance in a democratic society. He emphasized on enhancing the capacity of OCAG Bangladesh to widen the scope of its audit activities.
US Ambassador James F. Moriarty said that government of Bangladesh has improved remarkably in service delivery to the people. He appreciated OCAGs role in ensuring accountabilty and transperancy in utilization of public resources.
High Commissioner of Canada Robert McDougall said that Bangladesh and Canada are working together to strengthen the public financial management in Bangladesh. He stressed on ensuring independence of OCAG in carrying out audit. He hoped that OCAG media and communication cell will enhance the information dissemination to the people.
Members of the Parliament, former Adviser of the Caretaker government, former CAGs, Secretaries to the government, high officials, members of the civil society and journalists were present in this programme. A documentary on the activities of the OCAG was presented at the end of the program.