The XXV OLACEFS General Assembly drew to a close after achieving interesting results. The meeting was attended by 178 officials and delegates from 28 countries, along with representatives from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI), the German Cooperation Agency GIZ, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the World Bank (WB)
During the meeting two technical issues of great interest to Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) were discussed, namely “Citizen Participation and Supreme Audit Institutions: impact on control and the creation of public value” and “The importance of using databases and of information security for strengthening ICTs and for the efficient exercise of control.”
To encourage the participation of all those attending the event, technical topics were discussed at round tables put together with participant diversity in mind.
At the end of the first technical session on Tuesday, November 24, the panel discussions on “Citizen Participation and Supreme Audit Institutions: impact on control and the creation of public value”, identified a number of good practices:
- Proactive communication with society;
- Gathering information from the public;
- Creating a culture of control in society
- Access to official information;
- Citizen complaints; and
- Tasks for strengthening policies for contact with citizens.
The following day, as a result of discussions on “The importance of using databases and of information security for strengthening ICTs and for the efficient exercise of control”, the panels came up with a number of observations for the consideration of attendees:
- The value of having reporting channels;
- The importance of having sites for sworn declarations;
- The need to reinforce contact with the population in areas with weak technological infrastructure;
- Providing access to online databases of audited entities and where appropriate other regulatory agencies;
- Use of digital signatures as a means of authenticating legally recognised information;
- Integration of ICTs in SAI planning as a crosscutting issue in all processes, not as an occasional activity, but rather as a regular and comprehensive one; and
- Development of programmes to support audit work with open source applications.
In addition to the above, also discussed was the relationship between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), developed by the United Nations (UN) and the role of Coordinated Audits as a tool for capacity building in SAIs. There was also a panel to discuss experiences on implementing the tool for the Self-Assessment of Integrity in SAIs (IntoSAINT). Also, international progress on the implementation of the Performance Measurement Framework for SAIs (SAI PMF), was presented, along with matters regarding the Initiative for the Implementation of ISSAIs (3i programme) and overall progress in regard to professional certification in the area of control and oversight.
For more information on the outcomes of the XXV OLACEFS General Assembly, please follow these links: