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Ukraine's Defense Ministry establishes audit committee with NATO representatives

Ukraine's Defense Ministry establishes audit committee with NATO representatives Photo: Ukraine's Defense Minister Rustem Umerov (Getty Images)
Author: Liliana Oleniak

The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine has established a new coordinating advisory body for the Internal Audit Department - the audit committee. The order on its creation was signed by the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Rustem Umerov

The agency notes that the committee is one of the components of the new model of financial control reform. The committee consists of certified internal auditors from NATO member states and Ukraine with many years of experience in providing internal audit services.

The Audit Committee was established to consult and review issues related to the implementation of internal audit activities and prepare recommendations for improving its work at the Ministry of Defense. It will strengthen the internal audit function and at the same time be a body that will develop its functionality.

The members of the Ministry of Defense Audit Committee are:

  • François Gauthier, Head of the External Oversight Service at NATO Headquarters;
  • Joseph Ignagnoli, analyst/evaluator of oversight programs at the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Defense;
  • John Chesshire - Head of Internal Audit at JC Audit Training Ltd, member of the International Institute of Internal Auditors;
  • Manfred van Kesteren - international expert on public internal financial control under the EU4PFM program in Ukraine;
  • Ruslana Rudnytska, Ukrainian expert on national and international projects under the auspices of the Ministry of Finance and the Accounting Chamber.

The audit committee also includes Deputy Minister of Defense Yurii Dzhyhyr and State Secretary of the Ministry of Defense Liudmyla Darahan.