Protocol between the ACC and RAA signed
The Chairperson, Anti-Corruption Commission and the Auditor General, Royal Audit Authority signed the ‘Protocol of mutual assistance and information sharing between Anti-Corruption Commission and Royal Audit Authority in preventing and combating corruption and promoting good governance’ on Friday, the 12th June 2015. The signing of the MOU was based on the minutes of the meeting held between the ACC and the RAA on 19th May, 2015 at executive meeting hall of RAA.
The purpose of this protocol is to set out a framework of cooperation, assistance and exchange of information between the ACC and the RAA to facilitate timely intervention to detect and report on fraud and corruption without prejudice to respective functional independence and autonomy. The Section 67 (b) of the Anti- Corruption Act of Bhutan 2006 and the Section 48 (b) of the Audit Act of Bhutan 2006 has required the cooperation and assistance of both the institutions.
The area of cooperation established in this Protocol are when, what and how referrals to the ACC by the RAA are to be made, when, what and how referrals to the RAA by the ACC are to be made, what sorts of information are to be shared, in what circumstances joint investigations are to be conducted, how audit clearances shall be affected to individuals on ACC related cases and when bilateral meetings are to be held.
Both the ACC and the RAA has undertaken to disseminate this Protocol throughout their respective organizations so that all relevant officials are aware of the framework it establishes and the resolve of both the Parties to achieve its purpose.