Vietnam attends ASEANSAI’s 6th Senior Officials’ Meeting hinh anh 1A delegation of the State Audit Office of Vietnam, led by Deputy Auditor General Ha Thi My Dung, is attending ASEANSAI's 6th Senior Officials’ Meeting (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – A delegation of the State Audit Office of Vietnam (SAV), led by Deputy Auditor General Ha Thi My Dung, is attending the 6th Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) of the ASEAN Supreme Audit Institutions (ASEANSAI) which is being held via videoconference on July 28 - 29.

The online meeting was chaired by the State Audit of Malaysia, which is ASEANSAI Chair for the 2020 - 2021 period, and attended by representatives from 10 ASEANSAI members.

In his opening remarks, Bahtiar Arif, head of the ASEANSAI Secretariat, said that the 6th SOM focuses on discussing strategic issues related to the development of all member audit agencies as well as activities of the governments of the Southeast Asian countries.

Dung thanked the ASEANSAI members for their support to help the SAV fulfill its responsibility as the Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee for the 2020 - 2021 period, and their trust in assigning it to continue assuming this position for the 2022 - 2023 term.

She emphasised that the SAV commits to making continuous efforts to fulfill its missions, actively participating in joint activities in order to tighten the relations between members and contribute to the successful implementation of the missions and goals of the ASEANSAI community.

As the Chair of the ASEANSAI Strategic Planning Committee, the SAV chaired a discussion on a draft ASEANSAI Strategic Plan for 2022 - 2025 and a work plan for 2022 - 2023 of the committee.

The Vietnamese representative said that compared to the ASEANSAI Strategic Plan for 2018 - 2021, the new plan adds the vision, mission, and core values of the issues related to professionalism, innovation, quick response in today’s dynamic operation environment with many uncertainties.

Aside from chairing the ASEANSAI Strategic Planning Committee, the SAV is also serving as Chair of the Asian Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (ASOSAI) in the 2018 - 2021 term.

The ASOSAI was founded in 1979 and pursues a mission common among working groups of the International Organisations of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI), that “Professional supreme audit institutions promote good State governance”, and with the core values of “Professionalism, Cooperation, Equality, Creativity”.

Its goal is to promote mutual understanding and cooperation among member SAIs through the exchange of ideas and experience in public auditing, creating the conditions necessary for the training of State auditors to improve working quality and efficiency.

The SAV became a member of ASOSAI in 1997. In its initial period of membership, it primarily sent auditors to attend training courses and workshops sponsored by the ASOSAI, to enhance professional capacity. Since 2010, the SAV has undertaken a more active role in the association’s professional activities.

In an interview with the Vietnam News Agency earlier this year, then Auditor General Ho Duc Phoc said the SAV will continue promoting the sharing of experience and training among state audit institutes (SAIs), which is the top priority ASOSAI during its final year as ASOSAI Chair in 2021.

The move aims to help SAIs make a timely response to constant changes in the public financial management environment, he noted.

The SAV is currently working with the ASOSAI’s Capacity Development Committee (the Board of Audit of Japan) and its committees and working groups to share knowledge and good practice and bolster the role of the ASOSAI in supporting its members amid the COVID-19 pandemic, to build an organisation with professional and dynamic SAIs that are able to respond to challenges and emerging issues in the region and the world.

Regarding the audit of water resources in the Mekong River basin, Vietnam continued working with international experts to provide training and set up audit plans for SAIs in January - February. The SAIs will conduct independent audits in coordination with the SAV and with instructions from experts.

In the fourth quarter, the SAV will chair an international conference to share the results of the audit as well as good practice in environmental audits and the sustainable development goals (SDGs), according to Phoc./.