1st INTOSAI Working Group on Big Data, Nanjing, China, 18-19 April, 2017

The INTOSAI Working Group on Big Data (WGBD) held its first meeting on 18-19 April, 2017 at CNAO’s Audit Academy. Fourty Nine participants from 18 SAIs took part in this meeting. During the meeting most of the participants shared their experience in big data analytics in their respective countries. In the meeting, the Working Groups adopted its Terms of reference and Work Plan 2017-2019.
Working Group was created in the 22nd INCOSAI in December 2016. The Working Group is chaired by CNAO, China with GAO, USA as vice Chair. It has currently 17 members, which are Austria, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brazil, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Thailand, United Kingdom and one observer Estonia.


4th Global Audit Leadership Forum, Copenhagen, Denmark, 17-19 May 2017

The Global Audit Leadership Forum (GALF), a group of nineteen Auditors’ General (including the Comptroller and Auditor General of India), meets annually for organised yet informal discussions on current and emerging issues of concern to their Governments and officers and to explore opportunities to share information and work closely.
The 4th GALF meeting was held at Copenhagen, Denmark from 17 to 19 May 2017.  The discussion were held on the topics “Strategy work in SAIs” and “Evaluation of the audit work”. The next meeting of GALF would be held in Luxembourg.

26th Meeting of the INTOSAI Working Group on IT Audit, Seoul, Korea, 22-23 May 2017

The 26th meeting of the INTOSAI Working Group on IT Audit (WGITA) was hosted by BAI, Korea in Seoul on 22 and 23 May, 2016.  The 7th International Seminar on “Audit Management System for Ensuring Audit Capabilities: Challenges, Opportunities, and Solutions” was also held in conjunction with the WGITA meeting on 24 May, 2017.
The meeting was inaugurated by Mr. Chan-hyun Hwang, Chairman of the Board of Audit and Inspection, Korea and was presided over by Mr. Shashi Kant Sharma, Comptroller & Auditor General and Chair of WGITA.
Fifty five delegates from 30 member countries/observers attended the meeting.  SAI-Hungary participated as a special invitee.
The meeting discussed various issues in connection with the Strategic Development Plan of International Forum for Public Pronouncements (IFPP) and the quality assurance of non-IFPP documents. The five project teams presented the progress reports on their respective projects. Country papers on topical issues on IT Audit were also presented in the meeting.  GAO USA, leading the project on updating the IDI-IT Handbook, presented their views on the topic.
The 27th meeting of the INTOSAI Working Group on IT Audit would be held in Australia.


Supreme Audit Institution Leadership and Stakeholder Meeting - Audit of Preparedness for Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), New York, USA, 20-21 July, 2017

A meeting on “Auditing preparedness for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” was held in New York, from 20 to 21 July 2017.  It was jointly organised by the United Nations Department of Social and Economic Affairs (UNDESA) and the INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI), following the ministerial segment of the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).


The aim of the meeting was to foster substantive discussions and knowledge-sharing on critical issues related to preparedness for SDG implementation. Discussions were organized around three objectives of the cooperative performance audits to be conducted in 2017-18 by selected SAIs with support from IDI and its partners: (i) Integration of the 2030 Agenda in national contexts; (ii) Securing means of implementation for the 2030 Agenda; (iii) Monitoring, follow-up, review and reporting on progress on the 2030 Agenda. Heads of SAIs, members of SAI leadership, experts from the SAI community, representatives from civil society, academia, UN organisations and other key stakeholders were provided with an opportunity to reflect on how to enhance the capacity of SAIs to conduct performance audits of preparedness for SDG implementation and SDG-related audits more generally and discuss about challenges and opportunities for SAIs’ contributions to SDG follow-up and review. Further details are available at

14th INTOSAI Steering Committee Meeting of Professional Standards Committee (PSC), Brasilia, Brazil 8-9 June, 2017

The 14th meeting of the Steering Committee of INTOSAI PSC was held at Brasilia, Brazil from 8 to 9 June, 2017. Issues related to the Strategic development plan – SDP (implementation and revision), Review of the Subcommittees’ terms of reference, Cooperation between the IDI and the PSC Subcommittees were discussed in the meeting.

Various proposals to improve the standard setting system in INTOSAI as well as the implementation of specific projects to review or create standards were discussed and approved in the meeting. The next PSC Steering Committee meeting will be held in Luxembourg.


9th INTOSAI Steering Committee meeting of the Knowledge Sharing Committee (KSC) Bali, Indonesia 23-25 August, 2017

The 9th INTOSAI Steering Committee meeting of the Knowledge Sharing Committee (KSC) was hosted in Bali, Indonesia 23-25 August, 2017. The meeting discussed the programmes and activities of the Working Groups and Project groups. The members also discussed the quality assurance mechanism for documents developed outside the IFPP, newly devised Reporting Dashboards and the KSC Risk Register. The meeting also saw approval of the revised KSC Terms of reference and utilization of INTOSAI Budget for the revamping of KSC Web portal. The next KSC Steering Committee meeting will be held in Kampala, Uganda.


Annual meetings of the INTOSAI Capacity Building Committee, INTOSAI Donor Steering Committee meeting and Policy Finance and Administration Committee, Washington D.C, USA, 19-22 September, 2017

Annual meetings of the INTOSAI Capacity Building Committee (CBC), Goal Chair Collaboration report, INTOSAI Donor Steering Committee, Task Force on INTOSAI Auditor Professionalization and Policy, Finance and Administration Committee (PFAC) were held at Washington D.C., USA from 19 to 22 September, 2017. At the CBC meeting discussions were held on the themes ‘accountability and transparency’ where the reports of the work streams of CBC were discussed. The theme ‘consultation and collaboration’ involved inputs from the guest speakers and  report from Goal chairs demonstrating  the value of collaboration to the benefit of INTOSAI and ‘responsiveness and partnering’ theme covered  the Regional Forum for Capacity Development.

INTOSAI Donor Steering Committee meeting saw discussions on Global Call for Proposal (GCPs) for Tier 2 SAIs and on how donors and INTOSAI could support Tier 2, proposed funding mechanisms and how to ensure optimal service delivery.

One of the important decisions taken in the PFAC meeting was on making available the   INTOSAI surplus funds of about Euro 300 to 400 thousand for the implementation of the INTOSAI Strategic Plan.