ASOSAI Chairman in the 2018-2021 term Ho Duc Phoc speaks at the closing ceremony (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - The 14th Assembly of the Asian Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (ASOSAI) closed in Hanoi on September 22, adopting the Hanoi Declaration during its 2nd plenary session in the same day.

The second plenary session was chaired by ASOSAI Chairman in the 2018-2021 term Ho Duc Phoc who is also Auditor General of the State Audit of Vietnam (SAV); and ASOSAI Secretary General Choe Jaehyeong.  

During the session, delegates elected the SAIs of Indonesia, Russia, Kuwait, Nepal and Bangladesh to the Governing Board of ASOSAI for the term 2018-2021.

They also elected Turkey and Kazakhstan to the Audit Committee in the 2018-2021 term.

The session recognised Palestine’s SAI as a new ASOSAI member; designated  ASOSAI training centres; and transferred the role of ASOSAI Secretary General from the Republic of Korea (RoK) to China.

One of the contents for discussion during the session was the goal of professionalization of the ASEAN Supreme Audit Institutions (ASEANSAI)'s. On this topic, ASEANSAI Chairperson Viengthong Siphandone, who is President of Laos's State Audit Organisation, said the goal has been included in ASEANSAI’s strategic plan in 2018-2021.

ASEANSAI aims to become a self-control, independent, professional and non-political organization, which will help develop capacity and enhance collaboration among its members, thus establishing constructive relationships to benefit ASEAN and other stakeholders, he said.

In order to improve the capacity of SAIs and share knowledge on the compliance with the International Standards of Supreme Audit Institutions (ISSAI), ASEANSAI has carried out many meaningful activities, including a long-term programme on the implementation of ISSAI in 2015.

Towards this goal, ASEANSAI implemented a long-term programme on applying international audit standards from 2015 to the end of July this year. It has also organised many training programmes and workshops to better capacity of regional auditors on issues related to land, mineral resources, public procurement; and raise their awareness of sustainable development goals.

ASEANSAI has adopted its Strategic Plan for 2018-2021 and revised relevant regulations.

President of Thailand’s State Audit Commission Chanathap Indamra affirmed ASOSAI is an open community, and the cooperation among ASOSAI members is key to achieve the overall goal of promoting and enhancing experience in term of public audit.

ASOSAI Secretary General Choe Jaehyeong, who is also Chairman of the Board of Audit and Inspection of the RoK, announced that SAIs of India, China and Malaysia were recognized as ASOSAI training centres due to their excellent training facilities and capabilities.

In his closing speech, ASOSAI Chairman Ho Duc Phoc thanked the RoK SAI for well fulfilling its duty as Secretary-General of ASOSAI in the past term, and congratulated the Chinese SAI for being elected ASOSAI Secretary General for the 2018-2021.

After four days of working, member SAIs discussed and agreed on many important issues such as the budget plan of the organisation in 2019-2021; ASOSAI Strategic Plan 2016-2021, the 11th research report and the 11th symposium report.

He called on member SAIs to strengthen cooperation and experience and initiative sharing, thus further contributing to the ASOSAI community’s development.

Thailand will host the next Assembly of ASOSAI in 2021.-VNA