Africa: Stakeholders review financial management and audit of ATMIS

NAIROBI – The African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) has concluded a three-day workshop in Mombasa, Kenya, to review the financial management and audit status of the mission and brief stakeholders on implementation of mission objectives.

Participants in the three-day workshop included representatives from ATMIS Police and Troop Contributing Countries, namely Burundi, Kenya, Ghana, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Djibouti and Uganda , officials of ATMIS and key departments of the African Union Commission which are crucial for the management of peace support operations, the management of financial and human resources and audit.

During the workshop, participants were updated on the progress and financial management of the mission, including the treatment of liabilities in the event of death and disability, troop allowances and third-party claims.

The Acting Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (DSRCC) for Somalia, Fiona Lortan, said the workshop provided an opportunity for stakeholders to address challenges faced in managing funds provided by the EU, the UN and other partners, in particular with regard to the processing of claims for death and disability, missing in action and other responsibilities.

“ATMIS receives funding from the European Union. In addition, we have a financial package from the United Nations for logistical support. So we are here to discuss management and accounting to ensure that the funds provided are properly accounted for,” Lortan said.

The workshop also reviewed the database management system, identified ways to improve financial and internal control systems regarding troop allowances, death and disability allowances, and reviewed assets of the mission.

Participants discussed the funding and audit status of ATMIS, and were briefed on the mission’s audit reports from major funding partners, including the European Union and the United Kingdom.

Other issues discussed included a progress report on compensation for death and disability of ATMIS staff, including clearing the backlog, challenges to the ATMIS Board of Inquiry and ATMIS Standard Operating Procedures.

A report on the status of compensation claims for death and disability from 2007 to 2020 was presented at the workshop by the Head of Peace and Security Finance Division of the AU, Selidji Gbaguidi.

Kenya Deputy Chief of Defense Force Lt. Gen. Francis Omondi Ogolla, who officiated at the opening, stressed the need for prompt processing of death and disability claims.

Geraldine L. Melton