The Superior Audit Office of the Federation of Mexico and OLACEFS Capacity Building Committee invite the OLACEFS  community to follow the online transmission of the Closing Ceremony of the Third Internship Programme on Performance Audit Practice of the Superior Audit Office of the Federation of Mexico.

The event will start at 10.00 a.m. (Mexico City time). The programme will begin with the presentation of awards to the winners of the 14th National Competition on Superior Control and Accountability. It will continue with the conferral of certificates to the participants of the National Residency Program for Training in Performance Audits (a 10-month internship offered to sub-national SAIs), and will end with the conferral of certificates to participants in the Internship Programme on Performance Audit Practice in Mexico´s SAI.

In this third internship programme, five professional interns participated, representing four SAIs.  They were: Alexander Segura Segura from the Comptroller General’s Office of the Republic of Costa Rica; Flor Emperatriz Carmona Rivas from the Court of Auditors of the Republic of El Salvador; Silvia Cristina Duarte Lucero from the Comptroller General’s Office of the Republic of Guatemala and Kenia Carolina Mendoza Turcios and Osman Humberto Irías Ramos, both from the Superior Court of Auditors of Honduras. Along with the above, the programme has provided 16 representatives from 9 SAIs (Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico) with the opportunity – through their direct involvement in a performance audit – to acquire instruction and training, assimilate new knowledge, implement activities, and develop methodological, technical and managerial skills.

The third internship programme has set a positive precedent in financial management and regional cooperation on issues of common interest. Despite a 50% reduction in the budget allocated by OLACEFS to develop the programme in 2014, austerity measures implemented by the SAI of Mexico (in agreement with the CCC and the Executive Secretariat of the Organisation) regarding the allocated budget along with an active regional promotion of the impact of the programme, made the following possible:

•           maintaining the same number of professionals interns;
•           favouring the participation of Supreme Audit Institutions in greatest need of financial support;
•           encouraging the financial contribution of the participating SAIs in view of programme’s benefits,
•           obtaining additional financial support from the German Agency for International Cooperation in the context of bilateral cooperation with the SAI of El Salvador;
•           implementing cuts that will return funds to the regional organization.

This is a clear reflection of the interest and expectations regarding the implementation of performance auditing (also called management or operational), an issue that has become increasingly relevant to the audit work of OLACEFS member SAIs: performance auditing

We appreciate the cooperation provided by the Chair of the CCC, the Executive Secretariat of the Organization and GIZ, but mainly we extend our thanks to the OLACEFS community for the trust placed in the SAI of Mexico to impart the programme which has been established as an effective initiative for learning for impact.

The OLACEFS Capacity-Building Committe and the ASF of Mexico will presently distribute a report on this, the third edition of the programme.

Please click on the following link for follow-up on the event: http://asf.conferenciasweb.com.mx/ or access it through the ASF’s institutional website: www.asf.gob.mx