Posted on May 31, 2014
Although there is a strong pool of Qatari accounting graduates, Qatar requires more professional accountants and auditors, said Chairman of the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority HE Abdullah bin Hamad al Attiyah.
Speaking at the 4th National Internal Audit Conference recently, Attiyah said,"This is a big challenge for us and the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) should work towards developing these professionals. 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."
"Internal auditing is an 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," Attiyah added.
The Acting President of the State Audit Bureau HE Ibrahim bin Hashim al Sada in his keynote address enlisted expectations from internal auditors for achievement of the goals within the Qatar National Vision 2030. He detailed different areas where auditors' proactive involvement as partners, strategists and catalysts could add immense value. Sada called for active coordination between internal auditors' body and the states machinery. He quoted several instances where internal audit can get involved and make a difference in improving efficiency, effectiveness and governance.

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Prof Sheikha Abdulla al Misnad, President of Qatar University, briefly addressed the delegates to reinforce the university's staunch support. She recalled how Qatar university commenced Certified Internal Auditing (CIA) training and other related courses in association with the IIA Chapter. Prof Misnad was happy to see the progress in the level of the conference from a modest first conference in 2009 at the Qatar University campus. Hassan al Mulla President IIA Qatar in his opening address said,"The 4th National conference with the theme"Are we on track? Towards Achieving Qatar National Vision 2030" is intentionally made content heavy and comprehensive. The awareness that Internal Audit is a significant profession today and in the future is getting the desired recognition and limelight in Qatar."
Mulla added,"Hence 2014 conference is extensive and spans three days with 24 learning hours. The conscious sourcing of speakers from around the globe who are practitioners, academics, trainers and from industry verticals was done with the intention to get specialised knowledge to our members. This to me is probably the step in the right direction for our country to know, understand and imbibe the best practices that will transform auditors to play a significant role in the corporate value creation as well as value preservation"
On behalf of the Global Institute of Internal Auditors, Philip Tarling, Global IIA Chairman 2012-13, thanked the Government of Qatar and His Excellency for their support to the profession of internal auditing. "Our profession is truly one that transcends national borders and is the same across the many geographical areas. In fact, as I travelled last year as the Global Chairman, I was struck by the fact that the problems faced by auditors in Burundi, which I visited, were the same as those in Britain where I live. The difference is one of maturity of the profession, which the Global Institute helps to rectify, by its international standards" Tarling said.