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

Hanoi (VNA) – The 52nd meeting of the Governing Board of the Asian Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (ASOSAI) took place in Hanoi on September 19 under the co-chair of ASOSAI Chairperson Madinah Binti Mohamad and Secretary General Choe Jeahyeong.

Madinah Binti Mohamad said that member supreme audit institutions (SAIs) have high expectations for the 14th ASOSAI Assembly, especially in terms of sketching out the organisational strategy for the 2016-2021 period.

She said that the board will work to improve the efficiency of the implementation of programmes to strengthen ASOSAI capacity, while seeking orientations and strategy to deal with issues related to public auditing.

The ASOSAI Chairwoman said that the organisation’s 14th assembly will be a chance for the board to get a better understanding of the challenges and difficulties facing member SAIs.

She pointed out that one of the key challenges is how to reach a higher quality
of problem-solving in terms of explaining, preventing, finding the cause of, and handling issues thoroughly, thus ensuring confidence amongst society and winning over the community’s cooperation in providing information on wastefulness, fraudulent activity, or wrongdoings.

Madinah Binti Mohamad affirmed that currently, public auditing has a great responsibility to the public. Therefore, at the ASOSAI 14, member SAIs hope to foster partnerships and learn from each other for their common benefit.

Vietnamese Auditor General Ho Duc Phoc said that the State Audit of Vietnam hopes to continue working closely with other member SAIs and the Governing Board across all fields in order to strengthen its capacity and share experiences in dealing with existing challenges that are affecting transparency, accountability, and governance.

At the meeting, Vietnamese Deputy Auditor General Doan Xuan Tien delivered a draft Hanoi Statement, which is scheduled to be issued at the ASOSAI 14, that is comprised of ideas and recommendations from the organisation to the regional and global public auditing community.

Representatives from member SAIs also discussed the recommendations and annual issues of the organisation, such as finance and budget, along with the outcomes of the ASOSAI strategic plan for the 2016-2021 period and the plan of action to implement the strategic plan for 2018. They also sought ways to strengthen capacity for member SAIs and encourage experience sharing among them.

Participants at the meeting approved the minutes and discussed issues stated in that of the previous meeting. They also debated a number of reports, including that of the International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) on information technology auditing. –VNA