From October 15 to 18, 2019, the LXX Meeting of the Directing Council and the XXIX Ordinary General Assembly of the Organization of Latin American and Caribbean Supreme Audit Institutions – OLACEFS, in the city of San Salvador, El Salvador.

The event brought together the heads and representatives of 20 full member SAI’s of OLACEFS, which include Argentina, Bolivia, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Uruguay. In addition, associate members of the Regional Organization attended, belonging to the Court of Audit of the State of Spain, Court of Audit of Portugal and the Courts of Audit of the States of Tocantins, Paraná, Minas Gerais, Ceará, Acre and Bahia (Brazil).

In addition, invited SAIs of the various regional organizations of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions – INTOSAI attended, as well as international organizations such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI), the Canadian Audit and Accountability Foundation (CAAF-FCAR), the Colombian Citizen Action Corporation (AC-Colombia), the German Cooperation GIZ and UN Women, among others.

The objective of the LXX Meeting of the OLACEFS Directing Council was to address issues related to the activities of the Committees, Commissions and Working Groups during 2019, as well as those of the Organization’s Subregional Groups, among other decisions of an administrative nature.

During the meeting, the heads present took advantage of the occasion to express their solidarity with the Comptroller’s Office of Ecuador for the situation that occurred last weekend.

For its part, the XXIX Ordinary General Assembly of OLACEFS aimed to strengthen the progress in public oversight and the fight against corruption, exchanging knowledge and experiences on matters of common interest and consolidating existing cooperation ties.

The technical topics that were developed during the General Assembly were: the application and legal validity of electronic signatures and electronic documents in the audit process, by the SAI of Ecuador; and the improvement of the management of institutional integrity, relevance in the SAIs and in the public sector, by the SAI of Mexico.

The technical plenary sessions were held on October 16 and 17, which also included panels on Sustainable Development Goal 5, promoted by the SAI of Chile; Public Integrity as a mechanism to strengthen the fight against corruption, led by the SAI of Peru, Integrity as a public-private articulating axis, led by the SAI of Mexico and the presentation of the Cooperative Audit of Sustainable Public Procurement, led by the IDI and SAI of Costa Rica.

In addition, in the framework of the XXIX Ordinary General Assembly, awards were given to the winning SAIs of the 2019 Regional Competition on Good Governance “SAIs and the use of new technologies to detect financial fraud” and of the 2019 Regional Research Competition “Strengthening government audit and control for the benefit of Latin America and the Caribbean,” promoted by the Technical Commission on Good Governance Practices (CTPBG) and the Legal Advisory Committee (CAJ) in conjunction with the Presidency, respectively.

At the end of the second technical plenary session, all the heads and representatives of the SAIs present signed the “Declaration of San Salvador on the fight against transnational corruption.” The declaration promotes joint actions regarding the audit and fight against corruption in Latin America and the Caribbean, fostering transparency, multilateral cooperation, exchange of information, signing of agreements, active collaboration, creation of training programs and contributing to the advancement of the objectives of the Specialized Working Group on the Fight against Transnational Corruption (WGTC) of OLACEFS.

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XXIX General Assembly of OLACEFS 2019