New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) India is hosting the 23rd Conference of Auditors General of Commonwealth nations and nine British overseas territories here, starting Tuesday, to discuss the role of technology in public audit.

The office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) is hosting the conference which is scheduled to be held from March 21-23, the Finance Ministry said in a statement.

This is the first time that India is hosting the conference.

With the theme ‘Fostering Partnerships for Capacity Development in Public Audit’, the conference will discuss leveraging technology in public audit and environment audit, it said.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will address the conference here on Wednesday.

The conference will see the participation of 52 Commonwealth countries besides the British overseas territories. About 80 delegates from 37 countries are expected to participate in it.

The auditing organisations in these countries come together every three years to discuss the major challenges before them. The last such conference was held in Malta in 2014.

The CAG heads the International Working Group on Information System Audits and provides technical assistance to various audit institutions of other countries.

On information technology and environment audits, the CAG has its own international training centres in Noida and Jaipur, respectively, where auditors from all over the world are trained in specialised aspects of public auditing.

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