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eLearning course of ASOSAI Capacity Development Program on “IT Audit”-(February to April, 2018)


ASOSAI has successfully concluded the eLearning course of ASOSAI Capacity Development Program on “IT Audit” that was held from February 26 until April 27, 2018. As many as 76 participants from 29 SAIs joined in the eLearning course which was the first activity of the ASOSAI Capacity Development Program from 2018 to 2019. The course required participants to work for at least 10 hours every week to complete all compulsory reading materials, quizzes, discussion forum assignments and exercises on the ASOSAI Learning Management System (LMS).

During the nine week of the course, six Resource Persons from SAIs of China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines provided the online support together with the Program Manager and LMS Administrator from SAI Thailand.

Those who successfully completed the necessary activities proceeded to the next stage, “Development of draft Audit Plan”.




Sub-regional Audit Planning Meetings of ASOSAI Capacity Development Program on “IT Audit” - (Noida, India in June, Ankara, Turkey and Nilai, Malaysia in July, 2018)


Sub-regional Audit Planning Meetings of ASOSAI Capacity Development Program on “IT Audit” were successfully concluded in three countries, namely India, Turkey and Malaysia for five days each in June and July with the administrative support of Comptroller and Auditor General of India, Turkish Court of Accounts, and National Audit Department of Malaysia, respectively. In each Meeting two of six resource persons from SAIs of China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines facilitated the sessions with the support of the Program Manager from SAI Thailand. A representative of the Capacity Development Administrator of ASOSAI (SAI Japan) also attended the two Meetings to organize them. In the three Meetings, total 61 participants from 27 SAIs attended the Meeting and actively discussed about their audit plans.




Seminar for Knowledge Sharing - ASOSAI Seminar on “IT Audit”- (Astana, Kazakhstan in July 2018)


An ASOSAI Knowledge Sharing Seminar on “IT Audit” was held in Astana, Kazakhstan from July 9 to 13, 2018 with the administrative support of the Accounts Committee for Control over Execution of the Republican Budget of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Twenty nine participants from twenty seven member SAIs attended the seminar with facilitation and technical guidance provided by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from the SAIs of Indonesia and Turkey. A representative of the Capacity Development Administrator of ASOSAI (SAI Japan) also participated in the seminar for the management of the seminar.

The purpose of the seminar was to share experience and knowledge on IT audit, as well as identify good practices of IT Audit. During the seminar, selected participants made presentations based on their country reports on the above theme, which were followed by Q&A sessions. At the end of the seminar, participants agreed on the identified good practices of IT audit, and the seminar was successfully concluded on July13th, 2018.




14TH ASOSAI ASSEMBLY


The 14th Assembly of Asian Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (ASOSAI) was held during 19th – 22nd September 2018 in Hanoi, Vietnam. This Assembly attracted attention of more than 250 delegates from 41 member SAIs, international organizations and observers. The 7th Symposium “Environmental Auditing for Sustainable Development” was held in conjunction with this Assembly on 20th September 2018 in Hanoi, Vietnam. This Symposium welcomed more than 400 delegates and guests from member SAIs, International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI), professional associations, multinational auditing firms, institutions and universities. The Courtesy call on the President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the visit to the Headquarters of the State Audit Office of Vietnam, as the side events, were held after the first plenary session on the 19th September 2018.

Opening Ceremony of the 14th ASOSAI Assembly and the Commemoration of the 40th Year of the ASOSAI Charter.
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The Opening Ceremony of the 14th ASOSAI Assembly, on 19th September, was held to not only commence the Assembly but also celebrate 40 years of establishment of the ASOSAI Charter. Approximately 1000 participants including delegates from member SAIs and international organizations, and representatives from many agencies of the Party, Central and Local Governments, National Assembly, civil societies, universities, institutions and embassies of several Asian countries in Vietnam attended this event. Her excellency Madam Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, Chairwoman of the National Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, and His excellency Mr. Trinh Dinh Dung, Member of the Party Central Committee and Deputy Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, were the Guests of Honor.
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This Ceremony commenced with a welcome address by Dr. Ho Duc Phoc, Auditor General of Vietnam, followed by opening remarks by Dr. Madinah Binti Mohamad, Auditor General of Malaysia and Chairwoman of ASOSAI, and Dr. Harib Al Amimi, President of the State Audit Institution of United Arab Emirates and Chairman of INTOSAI. Her excellency Madam Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, Chairwoman of the National Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, delivered the welcome remarks before striking the gongs to commence the Assembly.

First Plenary Session

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On the 19th September 2018, before the session commenced, Dr. Harib Al Amimi, President of the State Audit Institution of United Arab Emirates and Chairman of INTOSAI addressed the Assembly.

The documents approved at the first plenary session included the report of the Secretariat activities of ASOSAI since the previous Assembly; the ASOSAI Financial Statements for FYs 2015-2017 and report of the Audit Committee; the ASOSAI Strategic Plan; the amendment of Section 1, Article IV of the ASOSAI Charter; Rule 14, Chapter V of the ASOSAI Rules and Regulations; Chapter II of the Established Selection Procedures of ASOSAI Post and the report on the ASOSAI capacity development activities. The ASOSAI Secretary General gave further clarification on the budget for the Capacity Development Program 2021 and the budget for e-learning course 2019-2021 in the ASOSAI Budget for FYs 2019-2021. In this regard, he explained that ASOSAI, during the first year (2019), is expected to require substantial budget to set up a system; once, the system is set up, such large budget may no longer be needed.
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The session also saw the adoption of the reports on the IDI activities, the 11th Research Project, cooperation between ASOSAI and European Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (EUROSAI) and between ASOSAI and African Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (AFROSAI), and the ASOSAI Journal. Mr. Moermahadi Soerja Djanegara, Chairman of the Audit Board of the Republic of Indonesia, was awarded for the best article in the ASOSAI Journal for his article titled “The Role of SAIs to achieve more transparent, accountable, and sustainable REDD+ scheme: the case of Indonesia”. The Assembly also approved the reports on the ASOSAI Working Group on Environmental Audit, the INTOSAI Professional Standards Committee, the INTOSAI Knowledge Sharing Committee, the INTOSAI Compliance Audit Sub-Committee, the INTOSAI Working Group on Environmental Audit and the INTOSAI Working Group on IT Audit, the INTOSAI Working Group on Big Data, the INTOSAI Policy, Finance and Administration Committee on the activities of the INTOSAI Governing Board.

The plenary also approved the State Audit Office of the Kingdom of Thailand as the host for the 15th Assembly in 2021 and National Audit Office of the People’s Republic of China as the ASOSAI Secretariat for 2018-2021 Governing Board.

The ex-officio members of the Governing Board for 2018-2021 are:
i.    Supreme Audit Institution (SAI) Vietnam as the Chair for 2018-2021;
ii.    SAI Thailand as the host of the 15th Assembly to be held in 2021;
iii.    SAI Malaysia as the ex-Chair;
iv.    SAI China as the ASOSAI Secretariat for 2018-2021;
v.    SAI Korea as the ex-Chair for 2015-2018;
vi.    SAI Japan as the Capacity Development Administrator for 2018-2021; and
vii.    SAI India as the Chair, Board of Editors of ASOSAI Journal.
Seven SAIs who had self-nominated themselves for Governing Board members were announced. These included SAIs of Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iraq, Kuwait, Nepal, Pakistan and Russia. There were also five self-nominations for two positions of the Audit Committee for 2018-2021 which included SAIs of Azerbaijan, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan and Turkey.

The ASOSAI Secretariat General explained the voting procedure for selecting the Governing Board and the Audit Committee members for the period 2018-2021.

The first plenary session ended with changing the chairpersonship of ASOSAI from the Auditor General of Malaysia to the Auditor General of Vietnam.

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The second plenary session was held on 22nd September 2018. Five SAIs namely Indonesia, Kuwait, Russia, Nepal and Bangladesh were elected as members of the ASOSAI Governing Board; and SAIs of Turkey and Kazakhstan were elected as ASOSAI Audit Committee for the period 2018-2021. The report on the 7th ASOSAI Symposium “Environmental Auditing for Sustainable Development” was presented by SAI Vietnam.

A special presentation on “The revised due process for INTOSAI documents” was delivered by Mr. Praveen Kumar Tiwari, Director General (International Relations) of the Office of the C&AG of India, followed by two speeches on the activities of ASEANSAI Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (ASEANSAI) and Economic Cooperation of Supreme Audit Institution (ECOSAI) by Ph.D. Viengthong Siphandone, President of State Audit Organization of Lao PDR and Mr. Seyit Ahmet BAŞ, President of SAI Turkey, respectively.

The ASOSAI Secretary General announced that ECOSAI were recognized as an observer in ASOSAI Assembly by a majority of the Governing Board members at the 52ndGoverning Board Meeting.

The Hanoi Declaration was presented by Prof. Doan Xuan Tien, Deputy Auditor General of Vietnam, on behalf of Dr. Ho Duc Phoc, Auditor General of Vietnam; and was adopted at the Assembly. This was followed by a speech by Mr. Prajuck Boonyoung, Auditor General of the State Audit Office of the Kingdom of Thailand and the next Chairman of ASOSAI.

The session saw a change of ASOSAI Secretariat from SAI Korea to SAI China. The ex-Secretary General of ASOSAI announced SAI Palestine was recognized as the 47th member of the ASOSAI community.

SAIs of India, China and Malaysia were designated as the ASOSAI Training Centers and were awarded a plaque and certificate to certify their designation as the ASOSAI Training Centres.

7th ASOSAI Symposium

This symposium held on 20th September 2018 served as a platform for member SAIs, international institutions and professional associations to exchange and share knowledge and best practices on environmental auditing and sustainable development.
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The symposium was divided into 3 sessions. The first session includes opening speech by SAI Vietnam and two keynote speeches by SAIs of United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Korea, followed by 04 special reports presented by representatives from SAIs of Malaysia, Indonesia, China and Vietnam.
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At the second session (discussion), there were 02 presentations from IDI and ACCA; and 04 country papers from SAIs of Australia, Thailand, Bangladesh, Nepal and Kuwait. The final session drew many recommendations to strengthen the role of SAIs in sustainable development and promote cooperation among SAIs and with other organizations in conducting environmental auditing and addressing environmental issues.
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