Given that International Standards of Supreme Audit Institutions (ISSAIs) enhance the quality of work of SAIs and increase their level of professionalism and public credibility, during the XXV OLACEFS Ordinary General Assembly(Querétaro, November 2015), and after the completion of the term of theWorking Group for the Application of International Auditing Standards (GTANIA), the President of this Regional Organization – in the charge of the Superior Audit Office of Mexico (ASF) – was assigned the task of following up on the implementation of ISSAIs.
In compliance with this mandate, and as part of its 2017 Annual Operating Plan (AOP), the OLACEFS Presidency, in coordination with the INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI), is undertaking a regional assessment of ISSAI implementation in order to learn about the challenges and good practices of OLACEFS full member SAIs regarding promoting, adopting, adapting and the institutional implementation of ISSAIs. To this end a follow-up survey was implemented and input was provided by 19 SAIs in the region. The report is currently being integrated and will be disseminated at a later date.
Based on the progress with the review of the responses, the OLACEFS Presidency and IDI sparked interest in strengthening the information gathered in the survey, through the development of webinars in collaboration with the Capacity Building Committee (CCC) and the Commission for SAI Performance Assessment and Acievement Indicators (CEDEIR). The aim is to provide a space for OLACEFS SAIs and strategic partners to share their views on progress, challenges and experiences on issues of general interest regarding ISSAI. These are aimed at OLACEFS member senior managers, auditors and operational staff who make decisions or perform functions regarding the institutional implementation of ISSAI.
The first virtual seminar was held on July 12 and looked at “the relevance of institutional training on the INTOSAI normative framework”. Three speakers from SAIs of Brazil and Guatemala and from IDI participated in this session as well as 80 users from the 14 OLACEFS SAIs.
The second session was held on July 13, 2017 and dealt with “elements to consider in the development and execution of a plan for the implementation of ISSAI “. Presentations were made by the SAIs of Costa Rica and El Salvador and by IDI. Additional participation from 64 users was registered from 14 OLACEFS SAIs. In both sessions some SAIs reported that the transmission was made in auditoriums and rooms where a number of participants were gathered.
The third Webinar will be held on July 21, 2017, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. It will look at “challenges encountered during the ISSAI implementation process”. Panelists have been invited from the World Bank and the ASF and the seminar will be chaired by the SAI of the Dominican Republic. In this session the preliminary results of the diagnosis obtained from the follow-up survey will be presented. In addition, gaps in the implementation process will be addressed and institutional strengthening and capacity building will be discussed.
During the virtual sessions there will be chances to put questions to the speakers, to be answered on the spot, and as per the established practice a document will be provided with FAQ topics and explanations.
Part of the benefit of these virtual meetings is to facilitate the exchange of experiences at operational level, to identify good regional practices and encourage the exchange of contacts and the presentation of proposals based on observed practices. They also promote the making of agreements and provision of technical assistance between SAIs.
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