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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or for recruitment queries please contact Natalie Price on +64 9 304 1275 or email@example.com.
The position description is available here. To apply, please forward applications to Natalie Price firstname.lastname@example.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