Abu Dhabi Government entity officials congratulated HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan for being elected unanimously by members of the Federal Supreme Council as President of the United Arab Emirates, succeeding the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Officials declared their allegiance and loyalty to Mohamed bin Zayed by pledging to continue serving the nation with dedication and sincerity under his leadership, pronouncing him as a deserving successor to a great predecessor, whose wisdom will shape the next era of the UAE’s great march forward.
Humaid Obaid Abushibs, Chairman, Abu Dhabi Accountability Authority, said: “Electing His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed as President of the UAE is the continuation of our journey towards even greater glory and prosperity, driven by his outstanding vision, great wisdom and strong determination. Together we are profoundly connected, the leadership and the people, to continue achieving limitless successes.”
The Federal Supreme Council unanimously elected His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as President of the United Arab Emirates on Saturday, 14 May 2022, to succeed the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed who passed away on Friday, 13 May 2022.
To upskill government officials and staff on the importance of their participatory and interactive role in weaving the values of integrity and accountability within the fiber of institutions
Under the title “Let’s Stay Ahead”, the Abu Dhabi Accountability Authority has announced a joint strategic partnership mechanism with the Abu Dhabi School of Government with the aim of raising awareness among government employees and officials of their impartial role in applying the highest levels of integrity, transparency and accountability while performing their duties with ethical dedication, all with the aim of protecting public resources and enhancing their sense of joint responsibility.
The Joint Cooperation Mechanism will focus on sensitizing employees working in government and private sector institutions which have a government interest of over 25%, regarding the "Wajib" (wajib.adaa.gov.ae) platform, which provides a channel for reporting financial and administrative violations or suspicious activities in utter confidentiality, recently launched by ADAA.
The joint cooperation also features an awareness-raising platform under the title "Financial Disclosure", which targets senior officials of subject entities through which their property and assets must be disclosed upon assumption of their position and when leaving office, in accordance with legal time terms established by the rules of financial disclosure.
This cooperation is also aimed at raising public employees’ awareness of the importance of improving government services generally, to enhance the quality of the professional and personal lives of people by applying the highest standards of integrity and morality across society, prioritizing the concept of integrity as one of the most important traits expected of each new employee upon joining government agencies.
Abu Dhabi Accountability Authority's integrity program consists of four main pillars: prevention, monitoring, response and assessment, ensuring that ethical standards are enshrined in all operations, supporting the success of institutions in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and preserving ethical values enjoyed by the community while highlighting principles of integrity as an integral part of the UAE’s personality and the community as a whole.
The focus on prevention works by promoting a culture of commitment, integrity and transparency, stressing the importance of a positive working environment, combating financial and administrative corruption or malpractice in all shapes and forms, avoiding conflicts of
interest and educating the people about the laws, governance foundations and global best practices. The monitoring pillar operates through performance checks and risk audits by examining the efficiency of financial and operational activities, ensuring compliance of those subject to laws, regulations and governance guidelines, and investigating complaints referred to the Authority or violations detected at the workplace.
The response pillar operates through the application of prompt, fair and effective procedures in preventing repeated indiscretions, while appreciating work by encouraging such practices and rewarding employees who devote their work to practices of integrity, transparency and the preservation of public money.
Abu Dhabi Accountability Authority (ADAA) is the entity ultimately responsible for promoting the principles of accountability, transparency and integrity across Abu Dhabi entities. ADAA overlooks and monitors the activities and operations of over 550 local and international entities including major investment portfolios around the world.
ADAA was established in 1985 by Decree of Act No. 1 of 1985 as a financially and administratively independent body working directly under the authority of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi to monitor financial and operational activities of government entities as well as associated companies and projects in which the government owns 25 percent or more of their capital. In 1997, the Act was amended to enable ADAA to become competent for subsequent supervision rather than prior control in order to enhance its independence.
In 2008, Act No. 14 of 2008 was circulated, which changed ADAA’s role from financial control to government scrutiny in order to improve the levels of transparency and accountability in government institutions. In September 2020, Act No. 19 of 2020 was promulgated, extending ADAA’s powers to establish principles and standards of integrity.
Promoting the principles of integrity, transparency and accountability throughout society and encouraging proper management practices that enhance the emirate's standing
Under the umbrella of the Abu Dhabi Accountability Authority's intention to promote and consolidate the principles of integrity, transparency, accountability and good governance practices in government and government related entities in order to enhance the emirate's position and ensure the health of its financial and economic systems, ADAA has launched the "Wajib" platform (vrp.adaa.gov.ae) through which confidential reports of financial and administrative corruption instances that come under the jurisdiction of the Authority can be made.
The Abu Dhabi Accountability Authority is the body that is ultimately responsible for promoting the honourable principles of accountability, transparency and integrity across all Abu Dhabi government entities, and institutions or companies, whether local or international, in which the Abu Dhabi government has a vested interest of over 25%.
The reports can be submitted through the platform by anyone who witnesses unlawful or damaging practices that undermine the integrity of the government, including employees, customers and suppliers of or to government related entities in Abu Dhabi.
The Wajib platform is accessible and easy to use, and has been designed to be inclusive for all members of society, conforming with rules and regulations in terms of protecting anyone who witnesses and reports wrongdoing in efforts to support national actions against corruption.
The platform is also specifically designed to maintain the highest levels of privacy and confidentiality of all reported data, as well as personal information of individuals who come forward with information that reveals any violations or instances of corruption.
The Wajib initiative is part of ADAA’s vision of engaging the community in the process of reporting financial or administrative violations wherever they may occur, to achieve the goal of promoting principles of accountability, transparency and integrity in Abu Dhabi, strengthening the management of Abu Dhabi's financial resources, and maintaining the provision of the best services for the benefit of current and future generations.
The project to ease the process of reporting wrongdoing comes under the Abu Dhabi Accountability Authority’s vision of enhancing transparency, integrity and accountability within all financial and administrative interactions to protect the nation and its financial aptitude from any form of corruption. This objective is being pursued by ADAA through the three key principles that underpin a structure of integrity in combating financial and administrative corruption: impartiality, independence and operational integrity.
The Wajib platform is an impartial step towards having a healthier financial system, giving every member of the community a voice to report any financial or administrative violations, acts of financial corruption or indiscretions, with the aim of safeguarding public funds and resources. The platform, in collaboration with relevant authorities, provides substantial protection measures that ensure the confidentiality of all informants’ information, in accordance with the laws and regulations currently in place, or as may be amended at any future time.
One of the most stand-out aspects of the new platform’s success will be the ability for each and every member of the community to contribute to fiscal security by reporting any financial or administrative violations and corruption in entities under the authority of the Abu Dhabi government. This anti-corruption collective initiative, launched by ADAA, falls directly in the field of public interest and contributes to maintaining the precious financial resources of Abu Dhabi.
After confidential reports are received and reviewed, the person who submitted the complaint will be contacted to authenticate the details of the incident, and he or she will be asked to give some personal information and verify their identity by entering a code sent to their private mobile number, which will have been registered on the platform during the complaint process.
ADAA is calling on all members of society to participate by reporting any financial or administrative violations, indiscretions or acts of corruption that they witness or are subjected to, without hesitation, through the platform, which is the official channel for submitting reports.
A financially and administratively independent body working directly under the authority of the office of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, the Abu Dhabi Accountability Authority (ADAA) is responsible for promoting the valued principles of accountability, transparency and integrity across Abu Dhabi government departments, employees and society in general. ADAA has a mandate to ensure that public resources and funds are managed, collected and expended efficiently, effectively and economically, safeguarding them for future generations.
nhances reporting standards of Abu Dhabi entities in line with global governance best practices
Creates solid foundation for increased audit oversight
The Abu Dhabi Accountability Authority (ADAA), the independent body responsible for promoting and overseeing accountability, transparency and integrity across all Abu Dhabi government entities and its affiliated companies and projects, has revealed details of its year-long approach to strengthen the safeguarding of public funds and upscaling the emirate’s standing as a safe investment haven.
Since the issuance of Law No 19 of 2020 in October last year, which significantly broadened ADAA’s remit to companies of which 25% of capital is owned by the Abu Dhabi government, compared to 50% previously, the authority has successfully implemented 19 initiatives to enhance the monitoring of public finances, strengthen integrity, transparency, accountability and governance across its mandated entities.
10 of the initiatives fortified audit processes and standards across its mandated entities, 4 boosted efforts to improve integrity and anti-corruption, while 2 enhanced its external support services. The remaining 3 initiatives augmented the authority’s own internal efforts to foster sector-specific expertise.
“This year-long effort has set a solid foundation to accelerate sector-wide collaboration and the reframing of Abu Dhabi’s approach to future-proofing its economic diversification, the fostering of a knowledge-based society, mitigating risk in executive practices by improving organisational governance, and regulations and supporting the UAE capital’s global reputation as a safe investment haven and a trusted and responsible local, regional and international partner,” said HE Humaid Obaid Khalifa Obaid Abu Shabas, ADAA’s Chairman.
ADAA’s key initiatives of the past year include the curation of policies governing the recruitment and appointment of auditors as well as internal audit rules and standards and the development and implementation of sector-wide work methodologies and audit measure mechanisms. In addition, ADAA successfully implemented a financial disclosure system and enhanced anti-corruption regulations including the launch of a violation reporting platform. It has also gone live with the statutory auditor platform – a web solution to enable compliance among certified auditors.
His Excellency added: “This first enactment wave, which is totally aligned with the Abu Dhabi 2030 Economic Development Plan, the UAE’s 50-Year Development Plan and the Principles of the 50, will be vigorously pursued by further initiatives which will foster greater collaboration with international standard bodies and associations, the private and public audit sector across Abu Dhabi, the UAE, the wider region and the world, and higher education organisations to nurture a highly skilled and dedicated cadre of human capital within the emirate.”
Last year also saw ADAA implement leading global practices including the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and attain board membership of the International Forum of Independent Audit Regulators (IFIAR) which comprises independent audit regulators from 54 jurisdictions who serve the public and investor interest by enhancing audit oversight globally.
Move Builds ADAA’s AI Capabilities For Best Global Governance Practices
Migration Eases Environmental Risks, Delivers Capital & Operational Cost Savings & Boosts Security & Compliance
Abu Dhabi Accountability Authority (ADAA) has become the first government entity to migrate its data center to the G42 Cloud and enhance its AI capabilities across its digital operations.
The move is in line with the emirate’s leadership directives to achieve the highest levels of integrity and continuously enhance best governance practices.
The Authority partnered with G42, an Abu Dhabi-based AI and cloud computing company.
Under the partnership, ADAA will use advanced cloud computing and artificial intelligence to support the implementation of best governance practices and introduce new monitoring technologies as the G42 cloud will enable ADAA applications to be integrated with G42 AI tool; this in turn, will enhance Abu Dhabi’s competitiveness in global Governance indexes.
"This shift is in line with our government's mandate for digital transformation, which reflects our leadership’s foresight in mapping the future of the government sector to successfully anticipate and navigate global challenges that require change. We are empowered to implement digital systems and protocols in accordance to the best international standards”, explained Haifa Al Blooshi, ADAA’s Director of Information Technology.
This transformation results in an enhanced organizational performance and reduced financial and operational costs by adopting cloud technology, amplifying IT infrastructure maintenance and operation savings. This will also lead to improved operational flexibility, allowing ADAA to expand its service without limitation to hardware availability and it will also amplify information security and support the development of national cadres in the field of cloud computing. In addition, the agreement also supports rapid digital transformation across Abu Dhabi government and empowers ADAA to achieve its new strategy goals of enhancing the safeguarding of public funds, elevating the principles of accountability and integrity, and achieving optimum operational efficiency.
ADAA’s approach to digital transformation further amplifies its strategy to ensure business continuity and showcases the Authority’s drive to spearhead change for a safer and more prosperous future.
The workshop discusses new advancements by IESBA that further strengthen the independence requirements for auditors
Abu Dhabi Accountability Authority (ADAA), the independent body responsible for ensuring accountability, transparency, and integrity across all Abu Dhabi government entities, has hosted a workshop with delegates from the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA). The Board is primarily responsible for the development of international ethics and independence standards for professional accountants and independent auditors.
The workshop focused on the newly introduced enhancements to the International Independence Standards by IESBA on non-assurance services, fees, and definition of public interest entities and implementation of these developments. Furthermore, delegates from both sides agreed to continue efforts of cooperation and collaboration.
The meeting covered subjects under a variety of topics, including an overview of the IESBA Code, sustainability reporting and assurance, regulatory and standard-setting development, and featured an open discussion on developing a work plan for areas of collaboration.
Speaking at the closing of the event, Acting Head of Audit Sector Mr. Wael Abdul Qader, said that this type of workshop helps to enlighten both parties on the need to stay well-informed of the constant developments in the profession both at global and local level, saying: “Through a collaborative workshop like this we aim to contribute and influence the global efforts of standard setting process, which supports ADAA’s mission of elevating audit quality in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.”
Caroline Lee, Deputy Chair of the IESBA, said that the IESBA dedicates significant efforts in working with jurisdictions towards adoption of the IESBA Code as it promotes high-quality and consistent ethics and independence standards for professional accountants in all parts of the world. She said, “We appreciate the opportunity to share the IESBA’s latest standard-setting developments and look forward to continued collaboration with the ADAA”
The Abu Dhabi Accountability Authority (ADAA) announced successfully working to finalize the implementation of the fourth stage of the financial disclosure system for senior Abu Dhabi government employees. The system comes as part of Abu Dhabi’s visionary leadership to increase governance, accountability and transparency, in line with global best practices to underpin the emirate’s economic development and growth. Fourth stage of the system is underway and will cover all government entities and companies included in the system, revealed ADAA.
ADAA noted that the stages were completed with around 1500 of Abu Dhabi’s government seniors including the chairpersons of government departments, followed by the undersecretaries of government departments, and subsequently the broader operational management personnel across the government. Launched immediately following the first three stages, the fourth stage is already underway and will cover senior employees of all government entities and companies in Abu Dhabi included in the system.
The financial disclosure system was implemented with highest levels of accuracy, quality and discretion, using an advanced electronic platform developed and managed by qualified national cadres in cooperation with G42, a leading company in the field of information technology and artificial intelligence. The intent is to develop a strong institutional governance system and support ADAA’s mandate to establish clear foundations and controls for institutional transparency, enhancing public confidence and establish a new concept in the government ecosystem, as financial disclosure is a well-established practice in financial institutions, governments and other public and private sector institutions in various countries of the world, as it contributes to increased public confidence.
The system aims to enhance the principles of integrity and transparency among government employees by disclosing their financial income annually upon assuming their role and upon the end of their service. The disclosure declaration form includes job positions and memberships information, family reporting including minor children, financial statements within and outside the UAE, all information pertaining to personal companies, commercial, financial and professional businesses within and outside the UAE, real estate investments and valuable movable items.
The execution of this system is creating a qualitative leap across government work in Abu Dhabi, strengthening foundational integrity and transparency to enhance confidence. It also effectively contributes to raise Abu Dhabi’s ranking and the country across the most notable global integrity and transparency indicators, to amplify the emirate as a safe investment destination boasting quality, efficiency, and integrity of work as a major attraction for foreign investors.
The next five years will witness a major leap in the concept of disclosure, which will become one of the principles of institutional culture and part of the government work system, government companies and the private sector.