Participants at the 52nd meeting of the Governing Board of the Asian Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (Photo: VNA)

 Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam will take over the chairmanship of the Asian Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (ASOSAI) for 2018 – 2021, which has received strong support from regional and international delegates who are in Hanoi to attend the ongoing 14th ASOSAI Assembly.

“We believe Vietnam will succeed in the new role and make contributions to the ASOSAI growth and development in all areas of auditing,” Feyzullah Okumus, head of International Relations Department of the Turkish Court of Accounts (Turkish SAI), told the Vietnam News Agency.

Turkish SAI is a member of ASOSAI and the International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI).

Feyzullah Okumus, head of International Relations Department of the Turkish Court of Accounts (Photo: VNA)

Okumus commented on the event’s theme “Environmental Auditing for Sustainable Development”, saying that environmental auditing is a new area for auditing world but auditing institutions worldwide have the role in addressing the issues.

“We are glad to see that the Assembly gives the importance to environmental protection on its agenda. If each institution gives importance to this area, the problem will be lessened,” said Okumus.

Takaya Kato from Japanese SAI appreciated the State Audit of Vietnam (SAV)’s thorough preparations for the 14 ASOSAI Assembly as well as the host’s hospitality to delegates.

Mr. Takaya Kato, a representative from Japanese SAI, attends 14th ASOSAI Assembly (Photo: VNA) 
Showing his strong support for Vietnam’s chairmanship, Kato said SAI Japan would like to develop a close cooperation with Vietnam.
 
“We hope and believe that the two sides will have good cooperation for the development of ASOSAI in the future,” Kato said.
 
The SAV is only 24 years old, relatively young in comparison with other hundred-year-old ASOSAI members. Hosting ASOSAI 14 means that the SAV becomes the Chairman of ASOSAI for the 2018-2021 term and maintains its membership on the ASOSAI governing board for the three successive terms from 2015 to 2024.

According to State Auditor General Ho Duc Phoc, taking charge in a new role will be a chance for the young SAV to lead the development of the organisation, while enhancing its capacity and expanding relations with other regional and international supreme audit institutions.

ASOSAI gathers 46 member organisations with diverse legal status, culture, politics and development level, leading to varying viewpoints on public auditing and interest among the members.

The ASOSAI Assembly, which is held every three years, is the venue for all heads of ASOSAI member supreme audit agencies to discuss and decide on major issues, necessary documents, regimes and policies to achieve the association’s objectives and further its development. It also serves as a forum for sharing experience in the field of state audits.

This year’s event, held for the first time in Vietnam, sees the largest ASOSAI gathering to date, with participation of around 250 delegates from 46 supreme audit institutions in Asian countries. Representatives from the International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) and a number of other international organisations are also attending as observers.-VNA