Thirty-six countries from across Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe are sending their middle and senior-level auditors to learn about performance audits from India’s apex government auditor, the CAG.

“While compliance and attest audits still are important, the focus has shifted to performance audits, which examine economy, efficiency and effectiveness in the implementation of programmes, projects and schemes,” the government said.

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India will start its 96th International Training Programme on ’Performance Audit’ on Monday. The CAG has been organising training programmes in different areas of auditing and accounting since 1979.

“Performance audit has assumed great importance today in view of the prominence gained by governance and service delivery. Performance auditing promotes concepts and principles that enable him to examine performance of the executive in a wider context... It promotes public accountability and is an aid to good governance,” it said.

This programme will be attended by 45 officials from 36 nations and Georgia is a new country this time, which takes the total tally of participating nations in such programmes to 122. Over the years 2,815 officials have already been trained.

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