From the Desk of Secretary General

From Secretary General of ASOSAI

Mr HWANG Chan-hyun, Secretary General of ASOSAI & Chairman of the Board of Audit and Inspection of Korea


The 51st ASOSAI Governing Board Meeting (GBM) was held in Bali, Indonesia, between 13 and 14 of February, 2017. I, as Secretary General of ASOSAI, am highly pleased with the successful meeting. I would also like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere gratitude to Dr. Harry Azhar Azis, Chairman of the Audit Board of the Republic of Indonesia, Mr. Made Mangku Pastika, Governor of Bali, and all the staff of the Audit Board of Indonesia for their great support as the host of the Meeting.

Not only regular reports on ASOSAI activities and financial status, but also important issues were placed on the agenda for the 51st GBM. First of all, under the agenda on the ASOSAI Strategic Plan 2016-2021, the Secretary General presented a report on the performance evaluation for 2016 activities and 2017 Annual Operational Plan. In particular, as part of its efforts to align the ASOSAI Strategic Plan with the INTOSAI Strategic Plan 2017-2022, and to support the INTOSAI initiative on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Governing Board agreed to include ASOSAI’s own program and activities for SDGs in its Strategic Plan.

Accordingly, the program on SDGs was added to the ‘Strategic Goal 2: Enhance Knowledge Sharing among Member SAIs’, and feasible activities have been sought for the year 2017, including the ASOSAI Seminar with the SDGs being included in the theme. I expect that full implementation of the ASOSAI Strategic Plan will contribute to enhanced professionalism of ASOSAI members, as well as the realization of SDGs. I would like to extend my special thanks to member SAIs, especially the ASOSAI Strategic Plan Management Task Force, for their efforts and active participation.

In addition, the ASOSAI has put forward various capacity development activities led by the SAI of Japan, Capacity Development Administrator of ASOSAI, to help member SAIs build their capacities on public audit. In particular, we have shared the plan of introducing a new blended approach, combining e-learning and face-to-face workshops. The new blended approach will be launched in 2018, while the conventional face-to-face workshop will be held in Malaysia between 10 and 12 of July, 2017, on Performance Audit. I would like to ask for your keen interest and active participation in the workshop so that we can work toward making significant contributions to the capacity development of ASOSAI member SAIs.

On top of this, the ASOSAI has spared no efforts in promoting cooperation with other Regional Organizations since the 50th ASOSAI Governing Board Meeting last year. As a result, it agreed to develop the Terms of Reference (TOR) for the Joint Conference, in order to make the Conference more practical and fruitful. As a follow-up, the ASOSAI Governing Board jointly decided to make some suggestions to EUROSAI for more effective bilateral cooperation and Joint Conference: keep a regular periodicity of three years for the ASOSAI-EUROSAI Joint Conference; and diversify programs for different levels of participants, such as a working-level meeting to support a high-level meeting, or a sub-committee, etc. Furthermore, the ASOSAI Chair and Secretary General signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the cooperation between ASOSAI and AFROSAI on the sideline of the 22nd INTOSAI Congress (INCOSAI) last December. The MOU was designed to expand cooperation between Regional Organizations, and enhance professionalism through bilateral exchanges and knowledge sharing. I would like to ask for your proactive engagement in the cooperation with other Regional Organizations.

The 51st ASOSAI GBM also nominated the host of the 15th Assembly to be held in 2021 and the next Secretary General for the period of 2018-2021. As a result, China, who was the only self-nominating SAI, was nominated as the candidate for the next Secretary General. Thailand was selected as the candidate to host the 15th Assembly by vote. The nomination will be put before the 14th Assembly for approval next year. The Secretariat of ASOSAI highly appreciates the SAI of Jordan, ASOSAI Audit Council member, as well as the host of Indonesia, for their great assistance in carrying out an effective and transparent voting and nomination.

Furthermore, the SAI of Vietnam, host of the 14th Assembly and 52nd and 53rd Governing Board Meetings, reported its preparation for the meetings next year. The meetings will be held in Hanoi between 16 and 22 of September, 2018. The Assembly will have many important agenda items, including the approval of the next Secretary General and the host of the 15th Assembly, and the revision of the ASOSAI Charter and Regulations to establish a selection procedure for ASOSAI Journal Editor as an ex-officio member. I would like to ask your keen attention regarding these matters.

Last, but not least, I would like to conclude my letter by extending my deepest gratitude to the SAI of India, Editor of ASOSAI e-Journal, for its contribution in promoting better communication and exchanges with ASOSAI member SAIs and other stakeholders. Thank you very much.