The process of Strategic Planning of the Special Technical Commission for the Environment of OLACEFS advances

On June 27 and 28, 2019, in the offices of the General Comptroller of the Republic of Colombia, in Bogotá, the meeting of the Special Technical Committee on the Environment (COMTEMA) of OLACEFS was held. Representatives of 11 SAI members of the Commission participated, namely: Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and the Dominican Republic. In addition, representatives of the Executive Secretariat of OLACEFS, of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations (UNDESA), of Birdlife Americas and the GIZ on behalf of the German Cooperation.

The opening session was headed by Dr. Gabriel Romero, Deputy Comptroller for the agricultural sector, on behalf of Dr. Carlos Felipe Córdoba Larrarte, Comptroller General of the Republic of Colombia; by Dr. Henry Ara Pérez, Comptroller General of the Plurinational State of Bolivia; Mr. Hugo Chudyson Araujo Freire, Secretary of the agriculture and environment sector in the Court of Accounts of the Union, on behalf of the Presidency of COMTEMA, as well as by Ms. Aránzazu Guillán Montero, representative of UNDESA. The meeting included interventions to present the work in progress and planned by the Commission, as well as to expose the contribution of SAIs to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In view of the main objective of the meeting, most of the sessions were held in a workshop format to give continuity to the strategic and operational planning process of COMTEMA. In order to develop these directives, duly moderated spaces for diagnosis and discussion were provided considering the emphasis of its Presidency, the Strategic Plan of OLACEFS and the contribution of SAIs to achieve the SDGs, as well as the attention to environmental issues of greater importance, relevance, risk, materiality and opportunity for the effective contribution of external control at the regional level.

This meeting constitutes the second stage of work since the strategic planning process began in May with a survey of information via questionnaire and interviews with the members of the Commission, environmental specialists and external stakeholders. The process will continue with the phase of systematization of the inputs provided by the participants of the meeting, which will allow the elaboration of an initial Strategic Plan proposal with the mission, vision, strategic objectives and initiatives prioritized at the meeting. In due course, this draft of the Plan will be sent for analysis and comments of the Commission’s SAI members to subsequently build the operational plans, which will reflect the responsible parties, deadlines for completion, goals and indicators for due monitoring and analysis of the results.

The process was moderated by means of a company specialized in strategic planning and has the support of the Project for Strengthening External Control in the Environmental Area, an alliance between the Brazil-Germany Cooperation for Sustainable Development (through OLACEFS and GIZ –Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH).

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