Oil and gas activity in Myanmar is expanding rapidly, and is now estimated to account for 40 percent of the country's gross national product. Myanmar's Office of the Auditor General has emphasised collaboration concerning effective auditing to ensure the best possible public administration of the values.
"The auditing of oil and gas activities is a high-priority initiative area because it concerns substantial national values for which the country needs good controls in order to safeguard its further development," stressed Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss.
"The collaboration will also cover areas such as the development of administration audits, IT audits, environmental audits and the strengthening of administrative support functions," said Foss.
In 2014, Myanmar had 51 million inhabitants, split between 135 ethnic groups. The Office of the Auditor General in Myanmar has 6,600 employees and audits over 15,000 public accounts every year.
Myanmar's Auditor General U Maw Than was appointed to the position following the change of government in March earlier this year. With his delegation of five people visiting Oslo 3–6 October he also had meetings with the Norwegian parliamentary control and constitution committee and with the secretariat for Norad's Oil for Development aid programme.