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Pacific government audit offices’ performance results analyzed

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Press Release) — Five audit offices’ in the Pacific undertook a review of its operations using the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions or INTOSAI performance measurement framework.

A workshop organized by the Pacific Supreme Audit Institution or PASAI, provided an opportunity to continue the capacity development efforts of national public auditors in the respective supreme audit institutions in using the performance measurement framework tool and provide guidance on preparing performance reports.

This initiative was made possible through the “Strengthening of Public Finance Management and Governance in the Pacific Project.”

It aims to strengthen oversight over public financial management in the Pacific region through improving the budgetary scrutiny, public financial oversight and accountability capacities of parliaments, supreme audit institutions and civil society within the region, aligning with international public financial oversight and accountability standards, and fostering citizen engagement and oversight.

The project is funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development Program in partnership with PASAI. This is the second and final workshop for this regional program, which is a continuation from the planning workshop in May this year and the assessment fieldwork conducted in the last four months in five audit offices in Chuuk, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Fiji, Kiribati and Vanuatu.

Workshop participants and facilitators.  Contributed photoWorkshop participants and facilitators. Contributed photo

In his opening remarks, the auditor general of the Vanuatu Audit Office, Caleb Sandy, emphasized the importance of measuring SAI’s performance to ensure they are well-equipped and capable to deliver value and benefits for citizens.

“The comprehensive assessment highlights key areas for improvement which will help our respective offices determine necessary actions to address these deficiencies and strengthen our capability to serve our people,” said Sandy.

Facilitated by PASAI’s director for practice development, Sinaroseta Palamo-Iosefo, and INTOSAI Development Initiative’s SAI PMF Advisor, Irina Sprenglewski, the workshop involved developing the performance report to describe a holistic picture of the SAI’s performance. Delegates analyzed the results of performance assessed, identified root causes of the performance, and integrated the external factors that are beyond the audit offices’ control that influence their performance.

The public auditor of Chuuk, Manny San Jose, said, “Participating in this workshop really helped me have a better understanding of the comprehensive standards and criteria used to measure SAI performance.”

Sinaroseta Palamo-Iosefo, who also manages the SAI PMF program, in the region said, “Writing the SAI performance report demands careful analysis and interpretation of the assessment results to ensure the report complies with the prescribed methodology and adequately describes the performance of the SAI.”

In the next few weeks, the assessment teams will finalize the respective performance report they are responsible for, to be ready for IDI’s independent quality review. The workshop was held from Nov. 11 to 15, 2019.