Appointment of a Risk Management Committee, with an external Chair and Deputy Chair, enabled the Department of International Relations and Cooperation to strengthen its ethical governance capacity and reduce financial risk

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QUESTION NO: 2283 (NW2833E)

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO: 23-2014 OF 31 OCTOBER 2014

MR W MADISHA TO ASK THE MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION:

(1) Whether the appointment of the Risk Management Committee, with an external Chair and Deputy Chair, has enabled her department to substantially strengthen its ethical governance capacity and reduce financial risk; if not, why not; if so,

(2) whether substantial improvements and accountability in Human Resource Management as well as Finance and Supply Chain Management are now evident; if not, why not; if so, what are the new gains of the action taken to reduce risks and improve all aspects of governance? NW2833E

REPLY:

(1) YES, the Risk Management Committee is appointed as a governance structure of the Department to assist the Executive Authority and Accounting Officer to discharge his/her responsibilities for risk management.

(2) YES, the approved Risk Management Policy, Strategy and Implementation Plan are developed and implemented in order to reduce risks and improve governance. The Department is continuously involved in creating awareness regarding the importance of Risk Management in our day to day management processes.

The Risk Committee being chaired by an external individual is a governance structure that allows the department to have a monitoring mechanism to provide oversight and managing its risks in an objective manner. It has assisted the department to improve its governance and accountability which is evidenced in the most recent MPAT scores.

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