Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos bolster audit cooperation hinh anh 1State Auditor General of Vietnam Tran Sy Thanh attends the 9th Tripartite Meeting between the Supreme Audit Institutions of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) - State Auditor General of Vietnam Tran Sy Thanh attended the 9th Tripartite Meeting between the Supreme Audit Institutions of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam with the theme of auditing budget collecting via IT system held via videoconference on August 26.

In his opening remarks, State Auditor General of Laos Malaithong Kommasith emphasised that cooperation between the three national audit agencies has achieved many good results in recent years. In particular, environmental audit, an important new sphere initiated by the State Audit of Vietnam, has been well implemented, contributing greatly to the goal of sustainable development in Indochina.

Meanwhile, State Auditor General of Cambodia Kim Som Suor affirmed that this meeting was a testament to the strong will and determination of the three institutions in boosting cooperation and exchanging experience.

Sharing the same view, Thanh said that this event created favourable conditions for the three audit institutions to improve the professional capacity of their auditors through the sharing of professional knowledge and experience, and enhance mutual understanding and promote cohesion among them, thus helping to consolidate and encourage good governance in the three Indochinese countries.

The officials all agreed that this meeting’s theme conforms to the general development trend of the world and has special significance in the context of the spread of COVID-19 in the region.

The Vietnamese Auditor General said that the exploitation of audit data through the IT system with supporting tools will help the audit of budget revenue not be limited by geographical distance, time and space.
Accordingly, the auditors can audit any records at the tax offices, and the State Audit Office can also use resources effectively and save time and human resources in the data mining process.

The partnership among State audit agencies of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, initiated by the SAV, aims to build a long-term cooperation mechanism for higher efficiency of collaboration in State auditing activities, contributing to promoting the traditional ties among the three countries.

After 12 years, major targets of the partnership have been completed, including the promotion of traditional relations and enhancement of professional capacity of the three countries, helping raising the position of State Audits of the three countries in the region and creating a suitable playground for them to learn experience to join larger multilateral forums.

On June 1, 2009, the State audit agencies of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia signed a memorandum of understanding on the outcomes of talks among leaders of the three agencies in Hanoi. They agreed to strengthen the implementation of contents of the signed bilateral deals, while increasing the organisation of trainings, conferences, surveys, and experience exchange in building standards, procedures and method of auditing, and conducting joint programmes and projects.

They concurred to organise rotated talks to improve the efficiency of their cooperation activities, and propose the government of each side to consider their adding collaboration contents to inter-governmental cooperation programmes.

Since their partnership was set up, the three sides have maintained annual conferences in a rotation format to share their knowledge and experience in matters of common interest. This is a useful forum for all parties to enhance their professional capacity and reinforce their cooperation and friendship for common development.

In order to further lift up the coordination efficiencies among the three agencies, at the sixth tripartite conference held in Vientiane, Laos, from November 11-12, 2014, they agreed to hold the conference every two years instead of annually. Alongside, they also reached consensus of the changes in the organisation form of the event, dividing the event into two separate meetings, one on issues of shared concern in line with the conference’s theme, and the other gathering top leaders of the three agencies to reach agreements of discussed issues and evaluate outcomes of their cooperation in previous year and sketch out future cooperation orientations./.