Ghana Audit Service to audit IOM

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) at its 106th council meeting in Geneva, Switzerland has elected the Ghana Audit Service as its External Auditors for the next three years (2016-2018).

Ghana Audit Service

Ghana Audit ServiceGhana Audit Service succeeds the National Audit Office of India, which served as the External Auditor of IOM for two terms of six years.

Other National Audit offices which contested for the slot includes Pakistan, Ecuador, Philippines and Kenya, a statement signed by the Reverend Joseph Kingsley Ghunney, Director of Public Affairs Unit at Audit Service and copied to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) stated.

The Audit Service is the Supreme Audit Institution (SAI) of the country and is a member of the International Organisation of Supreme Auditing Institutions (INTOSAI), a standard and guidance- issuing body on governmental auditing recognised by governments and international organisations such as the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the United Nations.

The statement said established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organisation which works closely with governmental, inter-governmental, and non-governmental partners to promoting humane and orderly migration by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

The statement said currently IOM has a membership of over 160 states and further 10 states holding observer status, nine regional offices and offices in over 100 countries.

It was initially established in 1951 as the Intergovernmental Committee for European Migration (ICEM) to help resettle people displaced by World War II.

It is the principal intergovernmental organization in the field of migration and is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all through the provision of services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, be they refugees, displaced persons or other uprooted people.

The IOM Constitution gives explicit recognition to the link between migration and economic, social and cultural development, as well as to the right of freedom of movement of persons.

IOM works in the four broad areas of migration management: migration and development, facilitating migration, regulating migration, and addressing forced migration. Cross-cutting activities include the promotion of international migration law, policy debate and guidance, protection of migrants’ rights, migration health and the gender dimension of migration.

In addition, IOM has often organized elections for refugees out of their home country, as was the case in the 2004 Afghan elections and the 2005 Iraqi elections.

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