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Why Kiribati's SAI PMF assessment couldn't have come at a better time ...

SAI PMF paves the way for a stronger SAI in Kiribati

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By Kiribati’s Auditor-General, Eriati Tauma Manaima


The SAI-PMF Assessment

Over two weeks in late August and earlu September 2019, the Kiribati Audit Office had the pleasure of hosting the PASAI Supreme Audit Institution Performance Measurement Framework (SAI PMF) assessment  team, comprising of team leader Ms Sinaroseta Palamo-Iosefo from PASAI’s Secretariat, Ms Elsie Willy and Ms Elsie Daniel both Audit Managers from the SAI-Vanuatu, and Mr Samuela Tupou an Audit Manager from SAI-Fiji.

What does the SAI-PMF mean for the Kiribati Audit Office?

The timing of this assessment could not have been better!

This SAI-PMF assessment is very important to SAI Kiribati. Not only is this the first ever comprehensive assessment for SAI-Kiribati, but as the new head of the Kiribati Audit Office, it will provide me with a much-needed stock-take and baseline as we go forward. It’s important for me to know where we stand in terms of the institution’s strengths, weaknesses and opportunities, and threats.

In addition to this, SAI-Kiribati is now in the final year of her four year (2016-2019) strategic plan, so having the SAI-PMF assessment in the midst of reviewing our 2016-2019 strategic plan and preparing our next (2020-2023) strategic plan is brilliant. Among other things, what we will learn from this assessment will help inform SAI-Kiribati on what/which key strategic goals or areas to focus on the next four years as we continue building and strengthening our office.   

Another reason that this assessment is very important to SAI Kiribati is that when we request development assistance from our stakeholders, especially the Government and our development partners, the findings of the SAI-PMF assessment will provide evidence to support and make the case for our request for those needed assistances.    


What does the SAI-PMF mean for the Government of Kiribati and her people?

 Strengthening SAI Kiribati aligns well the Government of Kiribati’s vision, in particular the Pillar 4: Governance of the Kiribati Vision 20 (KV20) which advocates for the creation of a corruption-free public service through strengthening of institutions, like the SAI-Kiribati, within the public and private sector that foster good governance practices.

A strong and effective SAI-Kiribati plays an important role in the Government’s combat against corruption and its negative impact on the economy and the people of Kiribati. In this context, the SAI-PMF plays an essential role in building and strengthening the Kiribati Audit Office and - more importantly - the audit impact it will bring to the lives of the people of Kiribati.

How was the SAI PMF process for Kiribati?

 The whole SAI PMF assessment was a fascinating experience. Even though this is our stock-in-trade as auditors, we were all excited to learn about the value of strong interviewing techniques and the importance of finding supporting evidence to back up any comments, whether negative, positive or neutral.

As the SAI PMF assessment tool is a new concept for Kiribati’s Audit Office, the assessors spent time with the SAI’s entire team explaining its format and uses, before getting into the assessment itself. 

So what comes next?

We’re waiting on the edge of our seats for the results! But in the meantime, I have already been able to factor some of the information into our strategic plan, and it has been a privilege to be part of such a comprehensive process. I strongly recommend it for all SAIs!

For more information please contact PASAI’s Communications Advisor on jill.marshall@pasai.org


PASAI's Director of Practice Development talks SPMR with RNZ's Tim Glasgow

SInaroseta Palamo-Iosefo, PASAI’s Director of Practice Development, took time out from co-facilitating the SPMR workshop in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, 26 - 30 November 2018, to talk to Tim Glasgow of Radio New Zealand.

She discussed the objectives of the workshop in improving auditing processes in the Pacific, highlighting the importance of working with the SAIs to align their operational plans with their strategic plans.

Download Sina’s interview here

Read Tim’s article (with interview) here

How many hats can a Secretary-General wear? PASAI's new SG, John Ryan, explains.

Wearing many hats,

by John Ryan, PASAI’s Secretary-General

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karangarangatanga maha o te motu, tēnā koutou.

Thank you for the warm welcome you have given me as your Secretary-General. It’s a privilege for me to hold this position – to don this particular hat - and I look forward to serving all the members of PASAI in this role.

Unfortunately, I was unable to get to PASAI’s Congress this year. This was a great disappointment for me but there are times when the many hats we wear include life outside work, and on occasions our family commitments must come first.

In fact, in our work we must remain focused on what we, our families, our friends and communities should reasonably expect, especially in terms of understanding how well the public sector is delivering for us.

I’m rapidly finding that wearing several hats simultaneously is an essential part of what we do. As well as any titles we may hold, we’re both auditors and citizens. We’re outside and inside the systems we work for. We hold institutions to account, and tell them how they can improve. As auditors, we naturally focus on the institutions’ last financial year, but influencing how the public financial management system works is also absolutely critical.

As members of PASAI, we have the unique perspective and independent voice to influence positive changes needed for the public sectors of our countries. We are able to contribute to the effective operation of organisations and to their accountability to our people – today and for the future.

The SAIs of our Pacific nations face relative isolation and constant constraints on our capability and capacity, yet we can always do more. Our countries are made up of many small communities with diverse economic, cultural, social and environmental needs. How well we monitor the organisations that deliver the essential services we rely on has enormous impact on the trust and confidence our people will have in how we are governed.

Given our unique role, we need to be recognised as champions for public sector performance and accountability for the 21st century. We need to keep our organisations relevant, strongly connected and active, and lead with integrity and independence. We have many challenges ahead in re-imagining our public accountability system for the significantly different world that’s emerging.

John Ryan signing Tokelau agreements

John Ryan signing Tokelau agreements

Wearing my hat as the Auditor-General of Tokelau (and of Niue), for example, I recently met with Government of Tokelau and key officials. Tokelau’s development strategy sets good governance as its first strategic priority. I was impressed by the commitment of Tokelau’s leaders to take the necessary steps to ensure accountability systems are strengthened as a foundation for future development.

For each of us in all of the corners of the Pacific our challenges present themselves in different ways - but our goals are the same. PASAI has a well-defined and outcomes-focused strategy to assist each of us to reach those goals. I look forward to working closely with you all to deliver on the key focus areas of the PASAI Strategic Plan.


John with Deputy Secretary-General, Sarah Markley, and PASAI Chief Exec, Tiofilusi Tiueti

John with Deputy Secretary-General, Sarah Markley, and PASAI Chief Exec, Tiofilusi Tiueti

Launching NZ OAG’s Procurement Programme

Launching NZ OAG’s Procurement Programme