As part of the activities for the Anniversary of the Comptroller General of the Republic of Ecuador, a Workshop on the Self-Assessment of Integrity (IntoSAINT) was held from November 30 to December 2, 2016, with the support of the Technical Commission on Good Governance Practices  (CTPBG) and the Superior Audit Office of Mexico, responsible for implementing IntoSAINT in OLACEFS in the framework of the Commission.

With the guidance of Myriam Vásquez and Diana Sotelo, moderators for the IntoSAINT tool from the Office of the Comptroller General of the Republic of Peru, coordinating activities were undertaken prior to the event, namely defining the entitiy’s primary, secondary and governing processes, from which workshop participants were assigned.

Given the nature of “self-assessment” established by IntoSAINT, participants had to fully comply with the internal processes of the unit to which they belonged, and have a minimum experience of two years in the area. The diversity of profiles and positions of the participants was also taken into account.

The selection process resulted in a total of 19 officials who would contribute to:

  • Identifying the inherent vulnerabilities of the institution,
  • Recognizing the factors that exacerbate these vulnerabilities,
  • Determining the level of maturity of the control systems; and,
  • Developing recommendations to strengthen the integrity of Ecuador’s SAI.

The results were presented to the acting Comptroller General of the State, Daniel Fernandez de Cordova, who highlighted the work of the moderators and congratulated the participants for the work undertaken, ratifying the commitment of senior management to implement the recommendations.

Over the course of these testing days the importance of having effective controls to maintain and consolidate a system of integrity in SAIs when establishing benchmarks for oversight in public institutions was highlighted.