Activities by SAI Pakistan

Activities by SAI Pakistan

Report on the activities of Economic Cooperation Organization Supreme Audit Institutions (ECOSAI)

The Economic Cooperation Organization Supreme Audit Institutions (ECOSAI) is a sub-regional forum of Supreme Audit Institutions of South and Central Asian Countries, which are members of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO). The ECOSAI aims at promoting the state auditing profession in member countries through exchange of ideas, experiences and by holding seminars, conferences, workshops and training programmes. SAI Pakistan is the permanent Secretariat of ECOSAI and the Auditor-General of Pakistan is Secretary General of ECOSAI. The member countries include Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and Uzbekistan.

ECOSAI is governed by its Charter and the objectives of ECOSAI are achieved through its organs namely Assembly, Governing Board and Secretariat. The ECOSAI Assembly meeting is a triennial event and meetings of the ECOSAI Training Committee and the ECOSAI Governing Board are held annually. A Symposium is also organized alongside the ECOSAI Assembly where member SAIs presents their country papers.

The 7th Assembly and Symposium, 21st Governing Board meeting and 16th Training Committee meeting of ECOSAI were held from October 17-19, 2016 at Ankara, Turkey. After these meetings new initiatives have been undertaken by the ECOSAI Secretariat in consultation with the members who discussed and approved them at above stated meetings including formulation and implementation of 2nd Strategic Plan (2016-21) for ECOSAI and effective implementation of ECOSAI training plan 2014-17. The approved ECOSAI Budget was enhanced in line with the ECOSAI Strategic Plan 2016-2021 to include Peer review, Cooperative audit (Joint and Parallel) and bilateral visits. The Symposium was addressed by speakers from the SAIs of Iran, Kazakhstan, Pakistan and Turkey on the proposed topic, “Overcoming the challenges in Implementation of ISSAI’s”.

ECOSAI member SAIs are being urged to sign Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) among themselves for a more effective collaborative mechanism to benefit from the experiences of the members of ECOSAI in the field of public sector auditing. SAI Pakistan signed MoU with SAI of Turkey in the sideline meeting of Assembly. SAI’s Pakistan and Iran have also signed MoU and negotiations are underway between SAI’s Pakistan and Taiikistan to sign an MoU for co-operation in public sector auditing.

After signing of MoUs their provisions are being implemented as well, in this connection a five (05) member delegation from the Turkish Court of Accounts (TCA) paid a visit to the office of Auditor General of Pakistan (OAGP) from 20-23 February 2017 to discuss the areas of cooperation highlighted in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two SAIs. The delegation showed interest in the new areas of audit conducted by OAGP and it was agreed that both SAIs will extend cooperation and guidance in the audit of special sectors or special issues audits. Both SAI’s discussed the possibility of conducting cooperative audits in the shape of joint and parallel audit.

Under the training plan for ECOSAI training activities / capacity building activities in areas like Performance Auditing, Environmental Auditing, International Standards of Supreme Audit Institutions (ISSAIs), Audit of Internal Controls have been planned and will be conducted in member countries during 2017.

The ECOSAI Secretariat took on the task to revamp the ECOSAI website. The new website is partly dynamic and the respective SAIs have been allocated usernames and passwords for uploading their news or any relevant information in areas allocated to them on the website.

The Secretariat is currently working on the process of linking the website with some other channel so that the short training videos may be accessed from the established links on ECOSAI website.

ECOSAI Secretariat is now publishing two Circulars (Spring and Autumn issues) every year as against one Circular till 2015. It provides a forum for the member countries to exchange knowledge and information on relevant topics of public sector auditing. It is worth mentioning that the number of contributions from ECOSAI members has been increasing with every subsequent issue.

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