The VIII EUROSAI-OLACEF Conference took place in San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador, with the participation of SAIs from the regional INTOSAI groups OLACEFS and EUROSAI, as well as international cooperation agencies such as GIZ.
The event was held from June 24 to 26 and attended by more than 100 representatives from SAIs from America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and from international organisations and cooperation agencies. The two central themes tackled were Coordinated Audits and the Contribution of SAIs to Good Governance.
The opening of the event was headed by Minister Aroldo Cedraz de Oliveira, OLACEFS President, Arno Visser, President of EUROSAI, and event host Dr. Carlos Pólit Faggioni, Comptroller General of the Republic of Ecuador.
Working sessions were dynamically and innovatively organised and included contributions from specialists in the following areas:
– Education and E-learning, led by João Mattar from the Universidad Anhembi-Morumbi;
– Coordinated Audits as a Tool for Monitoring Sustainable Development Goals, led by Paula Hebling Dutra from the Brazilian Court of Accounts;
– Cooperative Audits as a Capacity Building Strategy, led by Einar Gorrissen from the INTOSAI Development Initiative, IDI;
– Global Trends and Perspectives on Cooperative Audits, led by Magnus Lindell, representative of the chair of INTOSAI’s Capacity Building Committee (CBC) and Jorge García, representative of the chair of the CBC’s Subcommittee on Cooperative Audits; and
– Open Government: What is it it, Where is it going, and the Opportunities for SAIs, led by Ryan Androsoff from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
On the first day, four working sessions held in parallel focused on coordinated audits and tackled the following aspects: (i) Coordinated Audits: Overcoming the Obstacles, (ii) Coordinated Audits as a Tool for Monitoring Sustainable Development Goals, (iii) Coordinated Audits and Professional Development, and (iv) Coordinated Audits and Institutional Development.
At the end of the first working sessions, the Executive Secretariats of OLACEFS and EUROSAI made the following summary of conclusions:
1. In spite of those risks and complications detected, SAIs should continue carrying out coordinated audits as the benefits far outweigh the obstacles;
2. Coordinated audits are a key element in strengthening the professional and institutional capacities of SAIs;
3. Whilst recognising the value and importance of these audits, it is necessary to think about defining impact assessment mechanisms. Also, follow-up on observations arising from audit work should be carried out.
4. All the knowledge and experiences arising from audit work should be managed using the different tools available, such as OLACEFS’ Knowledge Management System.
The central theme for the second day was good governance, with the following topics tackled in parallel working sessions: (i) SAIs and Open Data, (ii) Transparency, Audits and Ethics, (iii) Promotion by SAIs of Best Practices for Public Administration and (iv) SAIs and the Open Government Partnership.
Once debating had finished, the presidencies of OLACEFS and EUROSAI made the following summation of the conclusions of the round tables:
1. The improvement of institutional capacities necessarily brings with it an improvement in the ways of engaging with the citizenry.
2. The digital era has transformed relationships between people, companies and governments, directly impacting the concept of good governance.
3. It is important that SAIs are involved in the open government agenda, acting as advocates and watchdogs for the respect of government transparency;
4. At the same time, the strengthening of accountability and the promotion of citizen participation is regarded as very important.
5. As such, SAIs should support the strengthening of transparency, not only through the implementation of policies on open data, but also by devising mechanisms that use this data and generate knowledge.
During the VIII EUROSAI-OLACEFS Conference the heads of the participating SAIs were declared Illustrious Sons of the city of San Francisco de Quito.
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