‘Qatar needs more professional auditors’

June 03, 2014 - 1:25:25 am
FROM LEFT: Chris Adonis, Conference Chair, Hassan Al Mulla, President, IIA Qatar, Ibrahim bin Hashim Al Sada, Acting President, State Audit Bureau, H E Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah, Chairman of Administrative Control and Transparency Authority, Phil Tarling, Global IIA Chairman 2012-13 and Prof Sheikha Abdulla Al Misand, President of Qatar University at the audit conference in Doha.

Doha: Qatar requires more professional accountants and auditors, though there is a strong pool of Qatari accounting graduates in the country. “This is a big challenge for us and the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) should work towards developing these professionals,” said H E Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, Chairman of the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority, while inaugurating 4th National Internal Audit Conference in Doha. 

“A few years ago, many Qatari graduates were not sure whether they should pursue accounting or auditing as a profession. But today, we see many young Qataris, both male and female. IIA Qatar chapter has played a major role in spreading awareness,” said Al Attiyah. 

“Internal auditing is a very important task and at the very heart of a corporate culture. Internal auditors should be the guardians of our corporate life. Internal audit plays an essential advisory role, adds competitive value to organisations and promotes a corporate culture of continued improvement and performance at different levels. Globally, internal auditors play an important role in fighting corruption in the corporate world. Hence, we must support and encourage internal auditors,” said Al Attiyah. 

Ibrahim bin Hashim Al Sada, Acting President, State Audit Bureau, in his keynote address enlisted expectations from Internal Auditors for achievement of the goals within the Qatar National Vision 2030. 

The Peninsula

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