Supporting Accounting and Auditing Developments and Synergies

Jun 29 – 30, 2021 Skopje, North Macedonia No Fee
May 29, 2021 Accounting, Auditing

The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and CEF are honoured to be hosting our first joint conference. This conference will be organized as a platform for exchanging expert knowledge, experience, best practices and recommendations to public sector accountants and auditors, both regionally and globally.

The conference will be a fusion of online and face-to-face sessions which we hope to offer to delegates who are able to travel at the time.  Therefore, it is possible to apply for online or face-to-face participation.

The number of participants for the face-to-face format is limited. The conference will be delivered in English. Translation to Macedonian will be enabled for the face-to-face format only.

What will you learn

You will have the opportunity to take part in discussions led by renown international and regional experts on the following topics:   

  • Managing public sector assets
  • Fraud and anticorruption
  • Leadership
  • Promoting accountants’ and auditors’ learning and knowledge sharing

A panel discussion in each session will be moderated in two rounds (two sub-topics).

Recent IMF research suggests that public assets comprise a large share of the economy and their better management could generate additional budgetary revenues of about 3% of GDP. During Managing Public Sector Assets session, you will learn:

  • What are the challenges of improving public sector non-financial asset management, possible solutions to overcome them and lessons learned so far
  • emphasis on institutional frameworks,
  • comprehensive ownership policy,
  • information on assets for better decision-making,
  • the role of accounting reform in asset management processes
  • effective asset management plans and strategies ensuring utilization and maintenance of assets
  • the role of performance auditing in managing public sector assets
  • building Community of Practitioners in the field of asset management to create synergies between different countries with similar challenges, encourage inter-institutional and international cooperation, and foster improvements in this area
  • What good practices do we know globally, internationally, and regionally

The discussion will partially build on the research paper on the state of play and perspectives of public sector asset management in North Macedonia, with some comparison to the countries of South East Europe and beyond.

During Fraud & Anticorruption session you will learn:

  • Current examples of fraud and anticorruption frameworks and developments internationally.
  • Linkages between the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) (Chapter 2) and the effective prevention of corruption including:
  • Effective systems of internal control (including procurement)
  • Accounting and auditing relationship to promoting anti-corruption and fraud practices
  • Education and training opportunities to address fraud and corruption prevention practices.

The discussion will enable partners and participants to understand the interrelationship between anti-corruption and fraud measures and the fundamental role of internal and external auditors as well as accountants through the framework of UNCAC.

During Leadership for reforms session, you will:

  • Get insight into success stories of a leadership as a support in the implementation of the reform
  • Learn how managing public finance can be successful during pandemic crisis and post-crisis period
  • Understand how change management bridges from technical skills and knowledge, through information technology towards leadership to support implementation of the reform

The discussion will provide an insight into leadership practices that can ensure successful change management programs. There will be an assessment of the current models for reform and assessment of attributes such as targets, accountability, and transparency of programs. Conclusions and recommendations will be put forward on critical success factors for sustainable improvements to public financial management.

The last session will connect all previous discussions through the glance of education and training of public sector accountants and auditors with the focus of the knowledge and skills needed for their future work, continuous professional development and building strong networks by creating communities of practice. During Promoting Accountants' and Auditors' Learning and Knowledge Sharing session you will learn:

  • How different learning concepts and modalities can support both professions in gaining required knowledge and skills to increase performance and contribute to the implementation of the reforms

The discussion will assess the most effective methods for individual professionalization aligned to the capacity and opportunities available to practice the skills acquired through learning. This will include an assessment of organizational development to facilitate the enabling environment provided for the accounting and auditing professions to effectively contribute to public financial management improvement.

Who should attend

Invited are:

  • Accountants and auditors of ministries of finance and line ministries at senior and middle management level
  • Representatives of supreme audit institutions and other public sector institutions
  • Human resource managers
  • Representatives of academia from the area of accounting and auditing
  • Certified CIPFA accountants and auditors
  • Public officials whose work relates to discussion topics


Discussion on Managing Public Sector Assets will be moderated by Jasmina Popović, CEF.


  • Eugenio Anessi-Pessina, Università Cattolica, Milan, Italy​ 
  • David Bentley, CIPFA
  • Ivan Dionisijev, St. Cyril and Methodius, Faculty of Economics in Skopje, North Macedonia
  • Suzanne Flynn, IMF PFM Advisor for Southeastern Europe
  • Primož Komatar, The World Bank Group
  • Gorana Roje, Ministry of Physical Planning, Construction and State Assets, Croatia

Discussion on Fraud and Anticorruption will be moderated by  Barbara Dutzler, JVI. 


  • Arneta Arnaudovska, Regional Anti-corruption Initiative (RAI), Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Les Dobie, CIPFA
  • Verena Fritz, World Bank
  • Simon Gill, Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
  • Ljupcho Nikolovski, Deputy Prime Minister in Charge of Fight Against Corruption and Crime, Sustainable Development and Human Resources, Ministry of Finance, North Macedonia
  • Carlos Santiso, Development Bank of Latin America CAF
  • Edmond Shoko, AFROSAI-E

Discussion on Leadership for Reforms will be co-moderated by Alastair Swarbrick, OECD SIGMA, and Natasha Ilijeva Acevska, CEF.


  • Dritan Fino, Ministry of Finance, Albania
  • Ana Krsmanović, Ministry of Finance, Montenegro
  • Hristina Lozanoska, Executive Coach and HR Mentor, North Macedonia
  • Amina Mulabdić, Directorate for Economic Planning (DEP), Bosnia and Herzegovina

Discussion on Promoting Accountants' and Auditors' Learning and Knowledge Sharing will be com-moderated by Khalid Hamid, CIPFA, and Robert Bauchmüller, CEF.


  • Maksim Acevski, Supreme Audit Institution, North Macedonia
  • Eugenio Anessi-Pessina, Università Cattolica, Milan, Italy​ 
  • Barbara Dutzler, JVI
  • Natasha Ilijeva Acevska, CEF
  • Alastair Swarbrick, OECD SIGMA

Other panelists and participants will be invited to take part in the discussions.


No fee will be charged for attending the conference, and meals will be provided during the event. However, travel, accommodation, per diems, insurance, and visa application costs of the participants will not be covered.


This conference is supported by CIPFA and by the CEF - through funding of the project Public Accountants Certification Training in North Macedonia (PACT) provided by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia - Slovenian Aid.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Slovenia Slovenia's Development Cooperation CIPFA

Submit your application today to secure your spot at our course. Deadline for applying to this course is May 29, 2021.