Cooperation with GIZ
We are pleased to share that our cooperation with The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in the field of capacity development for finance officials is getting stronger. In 2019, we will jointly support ground works towards full-fledged Certified Training of Internal Auditors in the Public Sector (TIAPS) for Georgian public officials. This is the next step in our longstanding partnership in the field of PFM capacity development in South East Europe.
The CEF will leverage its long-lasting experience with implementing TIAPS in South East Europe to support setting-up of professionalization of the internal audit function in Georgian public sector entities, and address the challenge of standardization of competences required for public sector internal auditors. As the TIAPS training shall become mandatory and a basis for becoming a state internal auditor in Georgia, the CEF will help the envisaged local institution to take over the certification training and prepare its delivery for the first generation of students as of 2020.
Our strong and productive partnership is reflected also in our close cooperation with regional offices of GIZ in the region, especially in Serbia that regularly supports participants from Ministry of Finance and Tax Administration of Serbia to attend the CEF workshops. Just yesterday a group of budget officials from the Serbian Ministry of Finance and GIZ Serbia that were on a study visit in Slovenia discussed the relevant trainings that the CEF will offer in the coming year.
Mr. Birger Nerré of GIZ has been a longstanding member of the CEF Advisory Board, offering guidance in developing our program and coordinating activities with other PFM initiatives and programs in the region. Since this spring, Mr. Nerré is also representing the Advisory Board in our Governing Board.
GIZ and the CEF will continue to join forces and combine resources, knowledge and experience in promoting PFM reforms through capacity development in South East Europe.