His Excellency the First President of the Supreme Court,
The President of the Cour des Comptes,
Our valued partners,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Good morning friends and colleagues,
I am honored to stand beside the First President of the Supreme Courttoday, just as the United States stands with the Malagasy people – as the saying goes – “Mpirahalahy mianala isika; ianao tokiko, izaho tokinao.” (end Malagasy) (French) Today, we are together to announce a new program to support Madagascar’s Court of Accounts to implement their 2020-2025 strategic plan and achieve their vision to be a “credible, visible, and accessible institution” that can serve as a model of integrity and efficiency for other public entities throughoutMadagascar.
As Madagascar’s Supreme Audit Institution, the Court of Accounts plays an indispensible role providing oversight of government spending. The court is responsible for auditing all public expenditures, as well as conducting policy evaluations for the national assembly. This is a critical function of effective government and secures national confidence in the management of public funds.
Millennium Development Goal number Sixteen calls on nations to Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all level. For these goals to be achieved, a government must be able to operate their financial responsibilities in accordance with professional and international standards, and deliver fair, credible justice to citizens when national resources are misused. Strong institutions and access to justice reinforce and strengthen sustainable development. The United States of America and Madagascar are like “mpirahalahy mianala isika” as we seek to foster prosperity for Madagascar by building effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions.
Today, on behalf of the U.S. government and the American people, I am pleased to announce our commitment of $4 million for a five-year program, funded by the United States Agency for International Development, that will strengthen the performance and impact of Madagascar’s Court of Accounts, and improve the management of public funds.
Under the “TANTANA” program, we will improve internal governance, strengthen communication and public engagement, and enhance the quality and impact of audits produced by the court. We will accomplish these goals through training, mentorship programs, and modernization of information technology systems.
I want to recognize our partners in this program – the Courts of Accounts of France, Morocco, and the Auditor General of Norway – who will contributevaluable staff time as well as their knowledge and expertise with their Malagasy counterparts. I also want to acknowledge our implementing partner, the INTOSAI Development Initiative, who will lead the operation of the program.
And, of course, our key allies for this program are the Court of Accounts and the Ministry of Justice.
Mr. President, the U.S. government is honored to be a friend and foremost development partner of Madagascar. We have every confidence in the successful outcome of the TANTANA program – and the continued development of a transparent, accountable, prosperous Madagascar.