Dr. Ho Duc Phoc

Chairman of ASOSAI and Auditor General of State Audit Office of Vietnam

First of all, on behalf of the State Audit Office of Vietnam (SAV), I would like to express my deep gratitude to ASOSAI members for supporting the SAV to organize successfully the 14th Assembly of ASOSAI in Hanoi from 19th – 22nd September, 2018.

May I also avail this chance to express my sincere thanks to all the esteemed SAI members to have had confidence in me in the capacity of acting as the Chairman of ASOSAI for the term 2018-2021.

After 40 years of establishment and development, ASOSAI has asserted itself as one of the most active regional organizations of INTOSAI. ASOSAI has been and will continue to make its utmost endeavour to pursue the mission of “supporting its SAI members in achieving higher results, contributing to the sustainable development of the country as well as contributing positively for the INTOSAI community”. Promoting that spirit, the SAV as the Chairman of ASOSAI for the term 2018-2021 will together with the Governing Board and SAI members are determined to continue to act more vigorously to create new motivation for ASOSAI to bring into full play the potential of SAI members and bring ASOSAI – as a model regional organization to a new height.

Recognizing the important challenges that our SAI members are facing, the SAV is willing together with the Governing Board and all SAI members to promote knowledge sharing and capacity development in ASOSAI community in the field of environmental auditing for sustainable development. The activities of knowledge sharing and capacity building should be promoted comprehensively on various aspects, including: (i) Building professional capacity: developing appropriate audit methodologies and guidelines, training staff, planning and monitoring professional engagements, and enhancing audit quality assurance; (ii) Improving organizational capacity: developing strategic plans, managing resources, and enhancing governance and accountability; and (iii) Strengthening the capacity of adapting to the external environment: exchange of experience and cooperation with external stakeholders.

More importantly, implementing SDGs and addressing global environmental challenges also need to be dealt with among ASOSAI community, especially, recognizing, nowadays, the new opportunities and emerging challenges in the process of globalization and climate change, we respect and follow common principles of how INTOSAI can contribute to the United Nations towards 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In specific, environmental issues for sustainable development have been remaining as a top concern and posing challenges to human community across the world. I, therefore, as the new Chairman of ASOSAI, sincerely urge all ASOSAI members to work together to find practical and effective solutions for conducting audits on environmental issues, and contributing to the achievement of SDGs at national, regional and international levels.

Once again, I would like to express my sincere thanks to SAI members who have believed and supported the SAV as Chairman of ASOSAI for the term 2018-2021. The SAV is committed to make its best efforts to fulfill missions assigned by the ASOSAI community, for the common development and prosperous growth of ASOSAI.