Audit committees and corporate governance in a developing country
Market regulators, commissions and accountancy bodies have recommended the establishment of audit committees as an important step in improving corporate governance. In 2002, the Kenya Capital Markets Authority required all listed companies to establish audit committees. This study examined: 1) the practices of audit committees in Kenyan listed companies; 2) how audit committees relate to other stakeholders; 3) the major achievements and challenges facing audit committees in Kenya. A questionnaire survey completed by 29 companies (60%) showed that audit committees in Kenya are more independent than audit committees of other developing countries of Africa. All the audit committees reported cordial relationships with the management, internal audit and the external auditors, and were perceived to have improved the quality of financial reporting. The findings have some implications on the Kenyan capital market as companies may now be able to attract more foreign investors.
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Volume (Year): 7 (2011)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
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