As part of its 2012 Action Plan, the then Regional Training Committee (CCR), today known as the Committee on Capacity Building (CCC), held the International Seminar on Public Works and Fiscal Control in Latin America on August 2 and 3, 2012, in Montevideo, Uruguay, as an initial framework for international cooperation on this issue.
The seminar was held as part of Phase I of the OLACEFS-GIZ Regional Programme which engaged a Special Public Works Audit Consultancy with the main objective of supporting SAIs in the region in the process of identification and socialization of good practices in public works audits as a strategy for joint learning and the generation of institutional capacities.
In this seminar, initial suggestions were made and in the 54th Board of Directors Meeting, held in January 2013 (Brasilia), approval was given for work to start on the creation of the Public Works Audit Working Group (GTOP).
In the 55th Board of Directors Meeting, held in July 2013 (Tegucigalpa), the formation of GTOP and its terms of reference was approved.
Given the experience of the International Seminar and the Special Public Works Audit Consultancy report, engaged by the OLACEFS-GIZ Regional Programme, it is understood that the supervision of public works in the SAIs of the region needs a technical forum to discuss and deal with the subject in more depth, bearing in mind the vigour of the countries of the region, the magnitude of resources invested by governments and the number of enterprises, the need for greater efficiency and transparency in public spending, the sensitivity of public works to corruption and the need to involve the public in their supervision.
- To promote collaboration between SAIs in the region in training and improving their audit function regarding public works, taking into account the findings of the International Seminar on Fiscal Control and Public Works and the Special Public Works Audit Consultancy report. This general objective will be achieved through compliance with the following specific objectives, the responsibility for which will be the task of the SAI group members.
- To compound and continue the work carried out by the Special Consultancy engaged by the GIZ-OLACEFS Programme:
- Assess the information presented by the Special Consultancy and identify gaps.
- Complement and deepen research
- Define the long-term training strategy for public works audit to be pursued by the OLACEFS SAIs, bearing in mind the different learning for impact tools
- Identify basic and advanced courses, both virtual and face-to-face, that every member of the group can offer, and align these training proposals with the main interests and necessities of the SAI.
- Assess whether it is appropriate to conduct technical seminars associated with other selected tools.
- Identify potential issues for coordinated public works audits and the interest of the SAIs in participating, and investigate the possibility of developing implementation plans in accordance with the Technical Item I recommendations approved by the 22nd OLACEFS General Assembly, with the necessary adaptations.
- Assess whether there is interest from the SAIs in offering and participating in international public works audit internships, and if so develop implementation plans.
- Assess whether there is interest from the SAIs in participating in other learning for impact strategies.
- Federal Court of Accounts of Brazil
- Office of the Comptroller General of the Republic of Chile
- Office of the Comptroller General of the Republic of Costa Rica
- Office of the Comptroller General of the Republic of Paraguay
- Office of the Comptroller General of the Republic of Peru
- Chamber of Accounts of the Dominican Republic
- Office of the Comptroller General of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
Victor Hugo Moreira Ribeiro
Federal Auditor of External Control – Control Secretariat of Airports and Building Works
Phone: +55 61 3316-2462
Fax: +55 61 3316-7568
José Roberto Valentin
Federal Auditor of External Control – International Relations Secretaria
Phone: +55 61 3316-7348
Fax: +55 61 3316-7522