Dr. Madinah Binti Mohamad

Auditor General of Malaysia and Former Chairperson of ASOSAI


Dear ASOSAI Journal members and readers,

In this special issue of the ASOSAI Journal, I would like to highlight the significant matters deliberated during the 52nd and 53rd Governing Board Meeting, 7th ASOSAI Assembly and 14th ASOSAI Symposium held in Hanoi, Vietnam on 18 – 22 September 2018. I would like to take this opportunity to highlight ASOSAI’s significant achievements during SAI Malaysia’s tenure as the Chair of ASOSAI for the period 2015-2018 encompassing ASOSAI’s enhanced management and operations pertaining to capacity building programmes and knowledge sharing activities of member SAIs.

The ASOSAI Strategic Plan 2016-2021 was reviewed and adopted by the ASOSAI Assembly in Hanoi, Vietnam. This document provides the roadmap detailing the ASOSAI strategic goals, strategies, key programmes, performance indicators, baselines and targets for a six term period. A self-assessment on the annual operational plan was first conducted in 2016. Several improvements have been made in ASOSAI’s operation in respect of election management, ASOSAI website, and revision of the ASOSAI Charter, Rules and Regulations.

Besides the ASOSAI Strategic Plan, there was active involvement from ASOSAI members on capacity development activities. Amongst the activities implemented were the ASOSAI-Sponsored Workshop on Assessment of Internal Control held in Malaysia in October 2015, ASOSAI Seminar on SAI Management held in India in December 2015, Instructors’ Design Meeting for the ASOSAI-Sponsored Performance Audit held in Japan in September 2016, ASOSAI Seminar on ISSAI Implementation-Experience and Strategy held in Bhutan in August 2016 and ASOSAI Seminar on IT Audit held in Kazakhstan in July 2018. This year, ASOSAI launched a new blended capacity development approach by combining online courses and face-to-face meetings on IT Audit. This pilot capacity development programme will be conducted from 2018 to 2019.

In the context of cooperation with other organisations, ASOSAI established a new cooperative relationship with African Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (AFROSAI). Various programmes under the framework of IDI-ASOSAI cooperation such as the 3i Programme, e-learning Course Specialist Certification programme had been implemented. During the 14th ASOSAI Assembly held in Hanoi, Vietnam in September 2018, two (2) studies entitled Methods for Developing Risk-Based Audit Plan and Audit of Public-Private Partnership Agreements under the 11th ASOSAI Research Project were presented and endorsed by the Assembly. For continuous improvement, a manual for managing research projects conducted by ASOSAI’s Research team had been produced. The ASOSAI-EUROSAI Cooperation framework had also been reviewed at the same time.

The ASOSAI’s achievement in the pursuit of public audit excellence is a result of members’ commitment, concerted planning and focused effort. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the outgoing Secretary General, Board of Audit and Inspection of Korea for their dedication and relentless support to ensure the smooth running of ASOSAI’s activities throughout my term; the Capacity Development Administrator, Board of Audit of Japan for their high commitment in ensuring the successful implementation of the Capacity Development Program and Knowledge Sharing activities; ASOSAI Journal Editor, The Comptroller and Auditor General of India for their concerted effort in producing the ASOSAI Journal.

Last but not least, I would like to dedicate my sincere gratitude to other Governing Board members, the Audit Committee and all ASOSAI members for their contributions and immense support during my chairmanship.  I also owe tribute to those Governing Board members who have left us, for their equally invaluable contributions. We are really grateful to be part of ASOSAI to champion the cause of greater accountability, transparency and integrity in the management of public funds.

I wish to take this opportunity to congratulate Dr.HoDucPhoc, the Auditor General of Vietnam as the new Chairman of ASOSAI and Madam Hu Zejun, the Auditor General of China as the next Secretary General of ASOSAI and all the board members for the term 2018 – 2021. I wish them all the best in their future endeavours and I pray that ASOSAI will continue to grow and progress in every aspect.

As Governing Board member of ASOSAI, SAI Malaysia looks forward to working closely with other ASOSAI members and other international organizations to strengthen our cooperation by sharing experiences, ideas and best practices in the field of public sector auditing for sustainable development of the regional and global economy.

I hope this special edition of ASOSAI journal will be useful to all readers to keep abreast of current developments within ASOSAI countries and also for knowledge sharing.

Thank you.

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