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