APP41-311220 ISLAMABAD: December 31 - Federal Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training chairing a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Institutional Reforms (CCIR) at Cabinet Division. APP photo by Saleem Rana

ISLAMABAD, Dec 31 (APP): Federal Minister for Education, Professional Training, National Heritage and Culture Shafqat Mahmood has remarked that with the enforcement of Public Finance Management (PFM) Act 2019, many financial issues of the respective ministries will be addressed.

He stated this while presiding over the meeting of Cabinet Committee on Institutional Reforms (CCIR) here on Thursday.

The committee exhaustively deliberated on Public Finance Management Act 2019.

According to this act, every ministry/ division will have a Chief Finance and Accounts Officer (CFAO) to assist and work under the Principal Accounting Officer of the respective ministry/division.

This act will strengthen the financial powers of the Principal Accounting Officer of the ministry/division.

Under this act, for the first time, Chief Internal Auditors (CIA) will be introduced in the ministries/ divisions who will evaluate all the transactions of the respective ministry/division.

He will also point out the weak areas of control to Principal Accounting Officer before the external audit initiates.

The Chairman of the CCIR Shafqat Mahmood directed the finance division to complete the consultative process and constitute the Internal Audit Policy Board as early as possible for expedited implementation of this Public Finance management act 2019.

The Minister Shafqat Mahmood has remarked that with the enforcement of this PFM Act 2019, many financial issues of the respective ministries will be addressed at initial stages and the efficiency and good governance of the ministries will improve many times.

The meeting was also attended by SAPM on Petroleum, Auditor General of Pakistan, Controller General of Accounts, Deputy Chairman Planning commission, the Secretary Establishment division, the Secretary Finance Division, Special Secretary Cabinet division and Joint Secretary ( Institutional Reforms Cell) Prime Minister’s Office.

The meeting was adjourned with the note of thanks by the Chairperson till next Thursday.