PASAI Newsletter

PASAI Quarterly Bulletins

 

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PASAI acknowledges the financial contributions and support from:

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Asian Development Bank
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INTOSAI Development Initiative
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PASAI Secretariat welcomes new Systems Developer 

The Secretariat welcomes its new Systems Developer, Mr Tu’amalie Paea this week.  Mr Paea is contracted by the Secretariat for four months to develop a Web Information System that will be an easy-to-use, centralized repository of information to record, analyze and store critical data regarding the activities of the Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions’ (PASAI) members. It will also store data on PASAI's activities to support implementation of its strategic plan and be an information hub for strategic, operational and periodic plans and reports.

Born in Neiafu Vava’u, Tonga, Mr Paea is a Senior Computer Programmer, Database/Web Designer, and Systems Developer. Tu’amalie has a Bachelor of Computer Science and Information Systems from the University of the South Pacific, and a Masters of Information Technology from the University of Queensland, Australia.

Tu’amalie’s systems development experience started with the Government of Tonga where he helped develop a Web Portal and a number of computer systems. He was also engaged by the Department of Climate Change as a TA National Consultant in March 2016. Tu’amalie has joined the Secretariat as an international consultant funded by the Asian Development Bank.   

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Assessment of the Tonga Office of the Auditor General

Capacity development of Pacific Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) continued with the assessment of the Tonga Office of the Auditor General (TOAG) conducted on 4-8 July 2016 using the INTOSAI SAI Performance Measurement Framework (SAI PMF).  

The SAI PMF is a global framework that enables SAIs to perform voluntary assessments of their performance against International Standards of Supreme Audit Institutions (ISSAIs) and other established international good practices for external public auditing. It is a universal tool which can be applied to all types of SAI regardless of governance structure, mandate, national context and development level.  The development of the “lite” version of the SAI PMF and its use by smaller Pacific SAIs is in line with PASAI’s regional strategic priorities of helping Pacific SAIs to strengthen their independence, complete high quality audits on a timely basis and enhance their institutional capacity and capability.

The TOAG SAI PMF assessment was conducted by an internal assessment team from the TOAG and peer reviewed by the Tuvalu Audit Office (TAO) with support from PASAI. The TOAG team was co-ordinated by Mr Kelepi Makakaufaki while the peer review team included Ms. Claire Kelly (PASAI consultant), Mrs Sinaroseta Palamo-Iosefo, PASAI Director Practice Development, Mr. Eli Lopati (Auditor General - TAO) and Mrs Imase Kaunatu (TAO). The Auditor General of TOAG, Mr. Sefita Tangi, management and staff of the SAI provided great support to the assessment team during the week.

Tonga Visit

A copy of the full media release can be found here /site/pasai/MEDIA RELEASE SAI PMF ASSESSMENT_TONGA 4 July 2016.pdf


Assessment of the Solomon Islands Office of the Auditor-General

Effective operation and capacity development of Pacific Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) took a step forward last week for the Office of the Auditor-General of the Solomon Islands on 19-23 June 2016, with the completion of the first pilot assessment using the INTOSAI SAI Performance Measurement Framework (SAI PMF) as a new model for SAI performance management. 

This is the first of many assessments that will be conducted as part of a regional project called “SAI PMF Lite”.  This regional project is coordinated by the Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions (PASAI) in collaboration with the INTOSAI Donor Secretariat (IDS) and the INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI).

The SAI PMF is a global framework that enables SAIs to perform voluntary assessments of their performance against International Standards of Supreme Audit Institutions (ISSAIs) and other established international good practices for external public auditing. It is a universal tool which can be applied to all types of SAI regardless of governance structure, mandate, national context and development level.  The development of the “lite” version of the SAI PMF and its use by smaller Pacific SAIs is in line with PASAI’s regional strategic priorities of helping Pacific SAIs to strengthen their independence, complete high quality audits on a timely basis and enhance their institutional capacity and capability.

The Solomon Islands’ SAI PMF assessment was conducted by an internal assessment team from the Solomon Islands Office of the Auditor-General (SIOAG) and peer reviewed by the Cook Islands Audit Office (CIAO) with support from PASAI. The SIOAG team was led by Mrs Mary Oldom while the peer review team included Mr. Robert Buchanan (PASAI consultant), Mr. Desmond Wildin (CIAO) and Ms Mere Waqanicagica (CIAO). The Auditor-General Mr. Peter Lokay and the Deputy Auditor General Mr. Robert Cohen and staff of the SAI provided great support to the assessment team during the week.

A copy of the full media release can be downloaded here /site/pasai/MEDIA RELEASE SAI PMF ASSESSMENT SIAO -FINAL v3.pdf



 

Enhancing capability through understanding International Public Sector Accounting Standards

The Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institution (PASAI) in collaboration with the University of the South Pacific (USP) are conducting a workshop in Nadi, Fiji this week on International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS). Twenty eight auditors from thirteen supreme audit institutions in the Pacific are participating at the workshop.

One of PASAI’s strategic priorities is to enhance the capability of supreme audit institutions through improving auditors’ knowledge and skills on appropriate accounting standards adopted by government entities across the Pacific as the basis for preparing their financial statements.

PASAI’s Director Practice Development, Ms Sinaroseta Palamo-Iosefo is coordinating the workshop with Professor Mr Arvind Patel and Dr Mr Nacanieli Rika of the USP instructing the practical technicalities of IPSAS.

The workshop included an overview of the public financial management system, a brief overview of the cash basis IPSAS and discussions of selected IPSAS. Participants engaged in practical exercises and case studies to apply the accounting concepts taught in each IPSAS.

A copy of the full media release could be downloaded here /site/pasai/MEDIA RELEASE IPSAS - NADI FIJI 22062016.pdf


 

A visit from the Secretary General


Secretary General of PASAI, Lyn Provost, Controller and Auditor-General of New Zealand visits the Secretariat's Auckland Office.  Lyn was welcomed by Mr Tiofilusi Tiueti, Chief Executive. 

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Public Debt Management in the Pacific

 

During the IDI/PASAI Meeting with SAI Management and Stakeholders meeting being held in Auckland New Zealand from 15-17 June 2016 PASAI launched its 5th Pacific Regional Cooperative report on the topic of Public Debt Management.


This regional report provides a useful snapshot of how public debt management is being dealt with at a national and regional level.  It provides key messages to SAIs and Pacific governments and stakeholders to strengthen governance, legal, financial and administrative systems to strengthen public debt management which aligns with Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The official PASAI Media release released on 15 June 2016.

We would welcome any feedback on this report so please send any comments to PASAI to Director Technical Support at agnes.aruwafu@pasai.org

A copy of the report can be viewed here /site/pasai/PASAI Public debt management report June 2016.pdf
 

Work with us

 

Asset Management Consultancy Work - Closing Date: 22 June 2016

PASAI is seeking to engage technical support for the development and delivery of an asset management workshop for public auditors in November 2016.

The management of public assets is a continuing challenge for governments due to a lack of technical expertise in asset management, administrative capacity within government ministries, and the lack of understanding of the economic importance of well-maintained infrastructure assets.  The successful consultant will assist PASAI to help auditors conduct high quality audits.
If you are interested to work with PASAI please refer to information Advertisement and TOR


Video production services

PASAI is seeking expressions of interest from video production companies who are able to tell the stories behind the Secretariat’s programs and projects in the Pacific.  The successful company will assist PASAI to effectively communicate its report findings, recommendations, and impacts in a creative way to reach a wide audience. 
Get the terms of reference.


Advocating for good governance

PASAI, in collaboration with the Cooks Islands  Audit Office, held a high-level workshop for parliamentarians on the role of a Public Accounts Committee of Parliament. PASAI was in Rarotonga to support the government officials who are responsible for preparing government accounts and for scrutinising those accounts after they are audited.

Key government officials came together to talk about the role of Members of Parliament in overseeing how public funds are spent and the role of the Public Accounts Committee within the Cook Islands Parliamentary processes.

Mr Eroni Vatuloka, the PASAI Advocate, and Mr Siosiua Utoikamanu, PASAI Consultant, facilitated the workshop alongside the Cook Islands’ Director of Audit, Mr Allen Parker. Mr Vatuloka said, “The intention of the workshop was to establish and then to continue to build a working relationship with the Committees”. 

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Rose Brown, opened the proceedings stating, “The Public Accounts Committee and other members of Parliament in attendance will benefit from the workshop in terms of understanding their roles in the financial oversight of government finances.”

The workshop was based around presentations and question and answer sessions about PASAI’s newly released Accountability and Transparency report, about the roles of Public Accounts Committees across the Pacific, and how to read and understand the audit opinions, and the whole-of-government financial statements. 

Get the full press release.

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Final round of the SAS program is complete 

The final SAS Committee meeting was held in the PASAI Conference Room on Tuesday 9 February 2016 to review the final round of the SAS program. 


Starting the year as we mean to carry on — advocating for good governance in Tonga


PASAI, in coordination with the Tonga Parliament and the Tonga Audit Office, started the new year in Tonga with a three-day, high-level workshop for parliamentarians of Tonga on the role of a Public Accounts Committee of Parliament. The workshop was facilitated by PASAI Advocate Mr Eroni Vatuloka and Siosiua Utoikamanu (and former Tonga Minister of Finance), with Chita Marzan and Savenaca Narube from the Pacific Financial and Technical Assistance Centre. The workshop was attended by Cabinet Ministers, People’s Representatives and Nobles Representatives. The full media release is here.


Republic of the Marshall Islands Request for Proposal

The Republic of the Marshall Islands’ Office of the Auditor-General (OAG) is soliciting written proposals from any interested individual or firm that has the knowledge, skill, and experience in the conduct of functional and performance review of government, programs, functions, and activities. The objective of the audit services solicited is to review, evaluate and report on the operational aspects of the Office of Commerce and Investment, an independent entity of the Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands established to promote economic development. 

More information is available here.



PEFA Partners announce PEFA upgrade for 2016

Washington, December 22, 2015 – The seven PEFA Partners are pleased to announce that an upgraded PEFA framework for measuring and monitoring public financial management (PFM) performance will be launched by 1 February 2016.

The PEFA program was founded in 2001 as a multi-donor partnership between the European Commission, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the International Monetary Fund, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, and the World Bank. The seven partners have remained involved and committed to the program since then.

Following a program evaluation in 2012, the PEFA Partners concluded that the performance assessment methodology should be updated to take account of evolving good practices in PFM and higher global benchmarks for PFM performance. The upgrading process has involved detailed review by teams of technical experts and extensive international consultation. Proposed refinements have also been analyzed and comprehensively tested.

The Partners believe the upgrade will significantly strengthen PEFA’s usefulness as a tool for countries to assess their PFM performance, monitor progress of PFM reforms and identify priorities for further improvement. Good PFM practices are seen as critical to improving global development and poverty reduction and have been acknowledged in various international forums including the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Effective Institutions Platform (EIP).

Following the endorsement by the PEFA Partners, the upgraded framework, to be known as PEFA 2016, is currently being finalized and will be officially launched by 1 February 2016. For more information and updates go to the PEFA website: https://www.pefa.org/

 

 


Annual report 2014/15

 

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It has been a busy end of the year for PASAI. Today we publish our Annual Report 2014/15. Highlights of the year include the appointment of our new Chief Executive, Tiofilusi Tiueti, and the restructuring of the Secretariat with a new and permanent team. It was also the first year of the implementation of our Strategic Plan 2014-2024.

The full report is here


PASAI launches
2015 Accountability and Transparency Report

PASAI is pleased to release our 2015 Accountability and Transparency Report. This report is the third report in a series that has become one of PASAI’s most important research projects. It provides an independent view of accountability and transparency in the Pacific region, which our members can use as a basis for communicating with the region’s governments and for undertaking broader advocacy about the role of SAIs and associated governance mechanisms in achieving the accountable and transparent use of public resources.

The PASAI Governing Board approved the commencement of the project earlier this year. Six countries were visited as part of the in-depth study: Cook Islands, Fiji, Tuvalu, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, New Caledonia and Vanuatu.
 
The 2015 Accountability and Transparency Report focused on three key themes: 

       1. Financial independence and operational autonomy

       ​2. SAI involvement in setting national budgets

​       3. Promoting ethical governance in the public sector.

Download the summary document or the full report.


We have moved

As of 14 December 2015, our new address is:

Suite 7, Level 2 Heards Building
168 Parnell Road
Auckland 1052
New Zealand

Drop in for a coffee soon!


 




INTOSAI-Donor Quarterly Update available here

You can now access the INTOSAI-Donor Quarterly Update from the Resources/Newsletters/Bulletins section of our website.

The July-October 2015 edition includes stories on:

  • the 8th Steering Committee Meeting of the INTOSAI-Donor Cooperation held in Brazil
  • updating the SAI Capacity Development Database
  • SAI PMF reports published
  • Implementation of the SAI PMF in Costa Rica
  • Independent review of SAI PMF reports
  • Annual Meeting of the INTOSAI Capacity Building Committee held in Stockholm 

 

 

 



 

Public Debt Management in the Pacific

During the IDI/PASAI Meeting with SAI Management and Stakeholders meeting being held in Auckland New Zealand from 15-17 June 2016 PASAI launched its 5th Pacific Regional Cooperative report on the topic of Public Debt Management.


This regional report provides a useful snapshot of how public debt management is being dealt with at a national and regional level.  It provides key messages to SAIs and Pacific governments and stakeholders to strengthen governance, legal, financial and administrative systems to strengthen public debt management which aligns with Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The official PASAI Media release released on 15 June 2016.

We would welcome any feedback on this report so please send any comments to PASAI to Director Technical Support at agnes.aruwafu@pasai.org


 

Work with us

 

Asset Management Consultancy Work - Closing Date: 22 June 2016

PASAI is seeking to engage technical support for the development and delivery of an asset management workshop for public auditors in November 2016.

The management of public assets is a continuing challenge for governments due to a lack of technical expertise in asset management, administrative capacity within government ministries, and the lack of understanding of the economic importance of well-maintained infrastructure assets.  The successful consultant will assist PASAI to help auditors conduct high quality audits.
If you are interested to work with PASAI please refer to information Advertisement and TOR


Video production services

PASAI is seeking expressions of interest from video production companies who are able to tell the stories behind the Secretariat’s programs and projects in the Pacific.  The successful company will assist PASAI to effectively communicate its report findings, recommendations, and impacts in a creative way to reach a wide audience. 
Get the terms of reference.


Advocating for good governance

PASAI, in collaboration with the Cooks Islands  Audit Office, held a high-level workshop for parliamentarians on the role of a Public Accounts Committee of Parliament. PASAI was in Rarotonga to support the government officials who are responsible for preparing government accounts and for scrutinising those accounts after they are audited.

Key government officials came together to talk about the role of Members of Parliament in overseeing how public funds are spent and the role of the Public Accounts Committee within the Cook Islands Parliamentary processes.

Mr Eroni Vatuloka, the PASAI Advocate, and Mr Siosiua Utoikamanu, PASAI Consultant, facilitated the workshop alongside the Cook Islands’ Director of Audit, Mr Allen Parker. Mr Vatuloka said, “The intention of the workshop was to establish and then to continue to build a working relationship with the Committees”. 

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Rose Brown, opened the proceedings stating, “The Public Accounts Committee and other members of Parliament in attendance will benefit from the workshop in terms of understanding their roles in the financial oversight of government finances.”

The workshop was based around presentations and question and answer sessions about PASAI’s newly released Accountability and Transparency report, about the roles of Public Accounts Committees across the Pacific, and how to read and understand the audit opinions, and the whole-of-government financial statements. 

Get the full press release.

PAC group photo-586

 

Final round of the SAS program is complete 

The final SAS Committee meeting was held in the PASAI Conference Room on Tuesday 9 February 2016 to review the final round of the SAS program. 


Starting the year as we mean to carry on — advocating for good governance in Tonga


PASAI, in coordination with the Tonga Parliament and the Tonga Audit Office, started the new year in Tonga with a three-day, high-level workshop for parliamentarians of Tonga on the role of a Public Accounts Committee of Parliament. The workshop was facilitated by PASAI Advocate Mr Eroni Vatuloka and Siosiua Utoikamanu (and former Tonga Minister of Finance), with Chita Marzan and Savenaca Narube from the Pacific Financial and Technical Assistance Centre. The workshop was attended by Cabinet Ministers, People’s Representatives and Nobles Representatives. The full media release is here.


Republic of the Marshall Islands Request for Proposal

The Republic of the Marshall Islands’ Office of the Auditor-General (OAG) is soliciting written proposals from any interested individual or firm that has the knowledge, skill, and experience in the conduct of functional and performance review of government, programs, functions, and activities. The objective of the audit services solicited is to review, evaluate and report on the operational aspects of the Office of Commerce and Investment, an independent entity of the Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands established to promote economic development. 

More information is available here.



PEFA Partners announce PEFA upgrade for 2016

Washington, December 22, 2015 – The seven PEFA Partners are pleased to announce that an upgraded PEFA framework for measuring and monitoring public financial management (PFM) performance will be launched by 1 February 2016.

The PEFA program was founded in 2001 as a multi-donor partnership between the European Commission, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the International Monetary Fund, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, and the World Bank. The seven partners have remained involved and committed to the program since then.

Following a program evaluation in 2012, the PEFA Partners concluded that the performance assessment methodology should be updated to take account of evolving good practices in PFM and higher global benchmarks for PFM performance. The upgrading process has involved detailed review by teams of technical experts and extensive international consultation. Proposed refinements have also been analyzed and comprehensively tested.

The Partners believe the upgrade will significantly strengthen PEFA’s usefulness as a tool for countries to assess their PFM performance, monitor progress of PFM reforms and identify priorities for further improvement. Good PFM practices are seen as critical to improving global development and poverty reduction and have been acknowledged in various international forums including the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Effective Institutions Platform (EIP).

Following the endorsement by the PEFA Partners, the upgraded framework, to be known as PEFA 2016, is currently being finalized and will be officially launched by 1 February 2016. For more information and updates go to the PEFA website: https://www.pefa.org/

 

 


Annual report 2014/15

 

Annual Report Cover-932

It has been a busy end of the year for PASAI. Today we publish our Annual Report 2014/15. Highlights of the year include the appointment of our new Chief Executive, Tiofilusi Tiueti, and the restructuring of the Secretariat with a new and permanent team. It was also the first year of the implementation of our Strategic Plan 2014-2024.

The full report is here


PASAI launches
2015 Accountability and Transparency Report

PASAI is pleased to release our 2015 Accountability and Transparency Report. This report is the third report in a series that has become one of PASAI’s most important research projects. It provides an independent view of accountability and transparency in the Pacific region, which our members can use as a basis for communicating with the region’s governments and for undertaking broader advocacy about the role of SAIs and associated governance mechanisms in achieving the accountable and transparent use of public resources.

The PASAI Governing Board approved the commencement of the project earlier this year. Six countries were visited as part of the in-depth study: Cook Islands, Fiji, Tuvalu, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, New Caledonia and Vanuatu.
 
The 2015 Accountability and Transparency Report focused on three key themes: 

       1. Financial independence and operational autonomy

       ​2. SAI involvement in setting national budgets

​       3. Promoting ethical governance in the public sector.

Download the summary document or the full report.


We have moved

As of 14 December 2015, our new address is:

Suite 7, Level 2 Heards Building
168 Parnell Road
Auckland 1052
New Zealand

Drop in for a coffee soon!


 




INTOSAI-Donor Quarterly Update available here

You can now access the INTOSAI-Donor Quarterly Update from the Resources/Newsletters/Bulletins section of our website.

The July-October 2015 edition includes stories on:

  • the 8th Steering Committee Meeting of the INTOSAI-Donor Cooperation held in Brazil
  • updating the SAI Capacity Development Database
  • SAI PMF reports published
  • Implementation of the SAI PMF in Costa Rica
  • Independent review of SAI PMF reports
  • Annual Meeting of the INTOSAI Capacity Building Committee held in Stockholm 

 

 

 



 

 

Upcoming events

23–26 May: Budget Seminar and workshop for Legislative Assembly members, Nuku’alofa, Tonga.

15–17 June: IDI/PASAI Meeting of SAI Management & Stakeholders, Auckland, New Zealand.

20–24 June  SAI PMF Review, Solomon Islands

20–24 June : PASAI/USP Regional International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) Workshop, Nadi, Fiji, 

4 – 8 July: Tonga SAI PMF Peer Review, Nuku’alofa, Tonga.

25 – 29 July: APIPA Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)

1 August: 15th PASAI Governing Board Meeting Pohnpei, FSM

2–5 August: 9th PASAI Congress, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia

8 – 12 August: PAC Workshop, Pohnpei, FSM

8 – 12 August: Strategic Plan workshop, Yap, FSM

12 – 16 September: SAI PMF Peer Review, Funafuti, Tuvalu

8–11 December 2016: INCOSAI Congress in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

 

 







 
 
 
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