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ASOSAI 14 to foster links amongst supreme audit institutions

The hosting of the Asian Associations of Supreme Audit Institutions (ASOSAI)’s 14th Assembly will not only contribute to promoting the image of Vietnam, but also give the State Audit of Vietnam (SAV) a good opportunity to forge links with ASOSAI member supreme audit institutions, said Auditor General Ho Duc Phoc.

Speaking at a press conference in Hanoi on September 17, Phoc, who is also head of ASOSAI 14’s organising board, stressed that the event will help promote information exchange and collaboration in personnel training in the auditing field between the SAV and its peers in the ASOSAI community.

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, Phoc said.

It will also serve as a forum for sharing experience in the field of state audits, he noted.

Through the event, the SAV will also learn from the experiences and strengths of audit institutions in developed countries, thus taking measures to improve its role and ability in the time to come.

This year’s event, under the theme “Environmental Auditing for Sustainable Development”, will be the largest ASOSAI gathering to date, and is due to be held in Vietnam for the first time. Its main events will take place on September19, 20, and 22 in Hanoi. Sideline events will be arranged on September 17th, 18th, and 21st in the capital city and the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh.

It will be attended by 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 will also be attending as observers.

The event is expected to welcome some 350 domestic guests representing the Party, State, political and social organisations, mass organisations, localities, universities and research institutes. There will also be representatives from international organisations and embassies of foreign countries in Vietnam.

Selecting the event’s topic on the environment is strongly supported by ASOSAI supreme audit institutions, Phoc said.

Hosting ASOSAI 14 means that the SAV will become the President 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.

ASOSAI 14 will see the approval of many important issues, including a report on the implementation of the ASOSAI Capacity Development Programme in 2015-2018 and the plan for its 2018-2021 programme; as well as a budget estimate for ASOSAI 2019-2021.

The 14th Assembly of ASOSAI will also select the host of the 15th event, and elect the governing board and audit committee for the term of 2018-2021.

It will also approve the “Hanoi Declaration” – the official document summarising the most important working results of the event and reflects the commitment and action of the ASOSAI community for the organisation’s development objectives for the 2016-2021 period, focusing on the sharing of knowledge among its supreme audit institutions.

The declaration will also affirm the interest, efforts, and practical contribution of the ASOSAI community to pursuing sustainable development goals for the world in general and addressing global environmental challenges in particular.

The seventh symposium, themed “Environmental Auditing for Sustainable Development”, which will take place on September 20 and is one of the event’s most important agendas.

To serve press activities during the event, the organisation board has set up a press centre, which operate as a guide to all domestic and international reporters, and swiftly provide full information related to events and related activities.

The centre operate under the close coordination of the Vietnam News Agency (VNA), the Vietnam Television (VTV), and the Voice of Viet Nam (VOV).