24 July 2012

Angola: Sao Tomean Audit Court Chief Visits Angolan Counterpart

Luanda — The Audit Court Chief of the Republic of Sao Tome and Principe, Jose Antonio de Monte Cristo, paid on Monday a visit to his Angolan counterpart, under the cooperation reinforcement in the sector.

Sao Tomean delegation was received by the Angolan Audit Court Chief, Julião António, in a ceremony held at the institution in the presence of public prosecutors, officers and auditors of the Court.

During the talks, the Sao Tomean official said that steps were taken for consolidated supervision of financial management and administration of Sao Tome and Principe, a process that requires qualification of auditors in know-how and tools so as to achieve such goal.

He highlighted the support given by the Audit Court of Angola and particularly the President of the Republic Jose Eduardo dos Santos, honouring the counterpart institution with provision of opportunities for staff training.

Jose Antonio de Monte Cristo praised the holding of the next general elections in 2012, considering it a vital step for the democratic process.

On his turn, the Angolan official said that the visit served to strengthen the friendly relations and institutional cooperation, the level of organization of the supreme control of the Portuguese-speaking countries, in bilateral plan of the two courts.

He also said that it is the right time to express the gratitude to the predecessors of the Audit Court of Sao Tome and Principe, for their support in the culture of accountability and proper management of public funds.

In addition to this meeting, the Sao Tomean delegation will visit the facilities of the Angolan Audit Court in Vila Alice ward in Luanda, residential project of the institution in Zango compound and new facilities at the Palace of Justice, among others.

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