On June 15 the 2018 Branch Course drew to a close. The course is organized each year by the Office of the Comptroller General of the Republic of Cuba, and is part of the OLACEFS Annual Training Plan.

The aim of the course was to learn about the contribution of Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) in preventing and tackling breaches of discipline, illegalities and administrative corruption, and to exchange practical experiences amongst participants from the region, in order to achieve greater efficiency in public administration.

Representatives of the SAIs of Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Puerto Rico attended the course.

The course – Experiences of SAIs in preventing corruption and the struggle for efficiency in public administration – drew on the work of SAIs in dealing with laxness, unlawful behaviour and administrative corruption. It focused on the Internal Control System, its implementation and evaluation through different oversight activities, experiences with accountability and efficiency in public administration, and compliance with SDGs.

As part of the program, visits were made to a school for special education, the National Center for Limited Access Surgery, ENERGAS.SA of the Unión Eléctrica business system, and a Havana People’s Council.

The Office of the Comptroller General of the Republic of Cuba used the visits, sharing with the community and interviews, to showcase best practices in the matter under study. The course provided a chance for sharing on aspects of common interest in the region and validating experiences and existing documentation in SAIs that is useful for the work carried out in each country, in line with the national environment.