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In keeping with government’s efforts to strengthen financial management and audit practices, the Management Institute for National Development (MIND) will host an Internal Audit Conference on February 15, 2006.
MIND has partnered with the Ministry of Finance and Planning, the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Jamaica Chapter and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica (ICAJ) to organize the conference, which will be held under the theme: ‘Enhancing Accountability, Regularity, and Probity Through Internal Audit Practices.’
This learning opportunity chiefly targets internal auditors from across the island. Speaking at a JIS Think Tank, John Tracey, Manager of the Division of Finance and Organisational Administration at MIND, informed that the event was geared towards “exposing the target group (internal auditors) to reform initiatives relating to internal audit”.
Additionally, he outlined, it will be “a forum to discuss the current issues and initiatives in the internal audit profession” as well as to encourage and to build the capacity of auditors to effectively contribute to sound financial management, transparency, high standards of regularity, probity and accountability. Mr. Tracey further revealed that, “the conference is going to be focusing on the current trends internationally as it relates to internal audits and the government reforms and policy directions, which relates to internal audit and control.”
Colin Greenland, Deputy Chairman of the Audit Commission, and the only individual in the region trained in forensic auditing, will be among the five speakers, who will address the conference.
George Roper, Senior Director Securities at the Financial Services Commission; Orville Christie, Chief Internal Auditor, Caymanas Track Limited; Ethlyn Norton Coke, Tax Manager at Deloitte and Touche; and Bruce Scott, partner at Price Waterhouse Coopers, will also bring their qualifications and experience to bear on a number of topical issues relating to internal auditing.
The event will run from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will afford each participant eight hours of credit. Mr. Tracey indicated that the registration fee of $3000.00 for each participant would cover the cost of conference material, lunch and one break. He encouraged prospective attendees to register early, noting that registration close on Friday, February 10.
Having successfully hosted previous conferences in an ongoing effort to complement the application of government policies, MIND aims to provide the auditors, who will attend the conference, with material which they in turn, can pass on to colleagues in their departments.
According to Mr. Tracey, it is hoped that this year’s conference would “provide a fillip for further discussions back in the various ministries, departments and organisations from which the attendees would have come.”