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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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New Zealand Aid Programme
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World Bank
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Work with us

Survey design and analysis

PASAI wants to engage a survey design and analysis consultant to assist the PASAI Secretariat gather  information about the efficacy PASAI's current approach to undertaking cooperative performance audits and where improvements may be necessary. The full position description is available here. Applications close 6 May 2016.

Financial audit expert

PASAI is seeking a financial audit expert to build capacity with inexperienced auditors, provide mentoring, coaching, on the job training and technical assistance to  audit teams to complete audits of Financial Statements of Government, Whole of Government accounts, or Public Accounts. The consultant will also work with some Pacific SAIs to draft guidance materials and refine the audit methodology process to achieve sustainability and strengthen audit offices. The full position description is available here. Applications close 31 May 2016.


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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New Auditor-General for the Solomon Islands sworn in

The Governor General of the Solomon Islands swore in the new Auditor General, Mr Peter Lokay, on Monday 15 February 2016.  
 
Mr Lokay has over 20 years of experience in public financial management in the Solomon Islands during which time he has served as Accountant General as well as be very involved in the development of Public Financial Management reforms in the country. Mr Lokay said that he was very pleased to be given the opportunity to contribute to the strengthening of governance in the public sector of the Solomon Islands’ economy through his appointment as Auditor General.
 
“Solomon Islands faces many challenges in ensuring that the people’s money is most effectively spent on providing essential government services to them – and that those moneys are properly accounted for and made public so the people know how and where their money was spent”  Mr Lokay said.
 
Mr Lokay welcomed the Government’s current push to increase accountability and transparency through a raft of new legislation aimed at anti-corruption measures but said their enforcement was a key to making them actually work.
 
Mr Lokay has been appointed for a term of five years.

The full media release about Mr Lokay's appointment is available here.

 

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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!



Leadership opportunity with the PASAI Secretariat

The Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions (PASAI) is the official association of 28 Supreme Audit Institutions (government audit offices and similar organisations, known as SAIs) in the Pacific region.
 
PASAI has an Auckland-based Secretariat and operates through a New Zealand-registered incorporated society. Its budget is about NZ$3 million each year, although this is expected to increase. Its work is funded by several development partners, including the Asian Development Bank, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the World Bank Group.
 
To better align the current Secretariat to PASAI's 10-year Strategic Plan, PASAI is seeking suitably qualified and experienced staff. This staff will help the Secretariat deliver its Strategic Plan and promote transparent, accountable, effective, and efficient use of public sector resources in the Pacific.
We're recruiting for the following accounting/auditing technical role.
 
Director — Advocacy, Engagement and Financing
The Director — Advocacy, Engagement and Financing contributes to strengthening SAI independence, governance, transparency and accountability by developing and maintaining strong relationships with stakeholders and donors to finance and help the SAIs and PASAI achieve these objectives.
 
This role is one of senior leader positions within the PASAI Secretariat. The person in this role will need to work with consultants to support the implementation and delivery of the strategic and operational plan. Some work will be carried out at locations within New Zealand, around the Pacific and further abroad.
 
For more information on this role, please contact Tiofilusi Tiueti, Chief Executive, PASAI on +64 9 304 1275 or tiofilusi.tiueti@pasai.org, or for recruitment queries please contact Natalie Price on +64 9 304 1275 or natalie.price@pasai.org.

The position description is available here. To apply, please forward applications to Natalie Price natalie.price@pasai.org.
 

Applications close Friday, 15 January 2016.





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

11–15 April: Post-SAS program visit, Solomon Islands 

29 April – 1 May Regional Performance Audit Programs meeting, Auckland 

2–6 May: Regional TeamMate User Forum, Auckland 

9–13 May: Strategic planning approach, Palau 

10–12 May: ACAG/RWGEA meeting, Melbourne 

1–3 June IDI/PASAI Head of SAIs Workshop, Cook Islands 

20–24 June SAI PMF Review, Solomon Islands 

25–29 July 2016, APIPA Congress, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia

1 August 2016, 15th PASAI Governing Board meeting, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia

2–5 August 2016: 19th PASAI Congress, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia

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

 

 







 
 
 
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