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From crop technician to Integrity Ambassador: INTOSaint Assessment at Cook Islands Ministry of Agriculture

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After intensive training of Cook Island and NZ OAG staff and a roll-out of early assessments in SAIs in New Zealand and Australia, last week saw a self-assessment of integrity (SAINT) completed at the Cook Islands Ministry of Agriculture.

Allen Parker assisting the participants to develop recommendation

Allen Parker assisting the participants to develop recommendation

The SAINT assessment was part of the current IntoSAINT/SAINT tool pilot programme being carried out in the PASAI region. It was led by Allen Parker, Cook Islands Director of Audit and Anne McMahon Office Manager at Cook Islands Audit Office and supported by Jonathan Keate and Sarah Markley from SAI of New Zealand.

The Ministry of Agriculture is a critical part of the Cook Islands public sector due to the importance of agricultural activities to this small island nation’s economy, so it was very encouraging to be able to provide useful recommendations to strengthen integrity systems and also to encourage the 11 staff involved in the assessment to be integrity ambassadors within the Ministry and in their interactions with the community.

How Personnel Problems Impacted Premiums - FSM's audit of the Professional Premiums Program

The FSM National OPA's latest follow-up Performance Audit on the FSM Professional Premiums Program covering FY 2016-2018 entitled, Limited Capacities at the Division of Personnel Affects the Administration of the Professional and Market Place Premium Program, was submitted to the Congress and President on May 14, 2019.

You can access the full report by visiting the FSM website at www.fsmopa.fm

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SAI Guam offers full transparency by sharing its SAI PMF performance assessment report


In March 2019, when PASAI released their SAI Performance Measurement Framework (PMF) assessment of the Guam Office of Public Accountability (OPA), the SAI decided to share the results with all their stakeholders by publishing it on their website.

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OPA was one of six Public Auditor’s offices taking part in a regional project – “Supporting SAI Performance Measurement” in the North Pacific region, and one of eleven SAIs involved across the whole PASAI region. The assessment was conducted by the Atmita Jonathan, Deputy Auditor General of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI); Ayako Yamaguchi-Eliou, Performance Audit Manager of RMI, and the PASAI Director of Practice Development, Sinaroseta Palamo-Iosefo.

“The purpose of the assessment was to assist the OPA in identifying the strengths and weaknesses of its audit processes and capabilities against International Standards for Supreme Audit Institutions (ISSAIs) and other internationally established good practice…” the report’s Executive Summary stated.

The SAI PMF looked specifically into OPA’s independence and legal framework, internal governance and ethics, audit quality and reporting, financial management, assets, and support services, human resources and training, and communication with stakeholder management. With each topic, OPA was assessed and given a rating on whether the minimum international standards were met or not.

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“Our office is grateful to PASAI and the regional team for conducting a thorough review of OPA’s operations and performance. We did notice a dip in our ratings between the draft submitted to OPA last year and the final report we just received, which was attributed to the quality assurance review conducted by the INTOSAI Development Initiative representative. Nevertheless, our office remains committed to addressing the areas in need of improvement, and, in fact, have already taken steps through the issuance of our Strategic Plan 2019-2023 that identifies how we planned to correct these deficiencies,” said Public Auditor Benjamin Cruz (pictured right).

PASAI Director of Practice Development, Sina Palamo-Iosefo, who is leading the SAI PMF assessment roll-out both in the region and beyond into the INTOSAI community, was thrilled by SAI Guam’s decision to publish the report on their website. She comments, ‘While we encourage SAIs to publish their reports and lead by example on being transparent and accountable, according to SAI PMF methodology, it’s up to the discretion of the Head of SAI whether to publish or not and how the report will be used and distributed. Guam OPA is leading the way with this resolute action and commitment to improvement.’

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For more information, please contact Vincent Duenas at 475-0390 ext. 210 or visit the website at www.opaguam.org.

Lessons to learn: SAI Chuuk's performance audit of Educational Development project

OFFICE OF THE CHUUK STATE PUBLIC AUDITOR

PRESS RELEASE NO. 2018-01

The Office of the Chuuk State Public Auditor (OCPA) announces the release of Audit Report No. 2018-01, a performance audit entitled Faichuk Educational Development and Research Project (FEDRP): With Issues on Expenditures and on Performance Outcomes and Deliverables, which covered the fiscal year 2016 to 2017. The audit report is available for public viewing online at http://www.fmocpa.com. Likewise, printed copies are available at the OCPA in Nepokos, Weno, Chuuk.

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Public Auditor,
Manuel Jr San Jose

The Public Auditor’s authority is based on the Chuuk State Constitution Article VIII Section 9 and Truk State Law 6-21 which states in part: “The Auditor shall conduct audits of all financial transactions of all branches, departments, offices, agencies, and instrumentalities of the government, and of all accounts kept by or for them.”

We conducted the performance audit in accordance with US General Audit Standards.

The objectives of this audit included determining if (a) the spending of the project funds complied with relevant FSM/Chuuk laws and regulations, agreement, and with the terms and conditions of the contract; and, (b) the agreed output and outcomes for the project were effectively accomplished.

Based on our audit, we conclude that certain practices and expenditures of Rauchholz International Consulting (RIC) were not in accordance with laws, regulations and the terms and conditions of the agreement. One of the most important requirements of an entity receiving grant money is to establish and maintain financial management and internal control system. We found that the RIC had inadequate financial management and internal control system. The weakness in internal control over the project expenditures is an indicative of higher risk. The contract with the RIC, which was documented using a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), requires that the RIC should comply with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations. In addition, the grant terms and conditions of the notice of grant award also require compliance with all laws and regulations governing the use of federal grant funds. Specifically, our audit has disclosed the following weaknesses:

1. Inadequate Financial Management System;

2. No Proper Segregation of Function in the Approval of Transactions

3. Inadequate Handling of Cash and Cash in Bank;

4. Expending of Funds for Certain Salaries and Wages Did Not Follow Laws and Regulations;

5. Expending of Funds for Certain Travels Did Not Follow Regulations and the Restriction on the use of the Funds for Foreign Travel;

6. Certain Expenditures Charged to Consumable were Not Allowable;

7. Certain Expenditures Charged to Contractual Account was not Properly Supported and/or Unallowable;

8. No Written Policies on Recording and Maintenance of Fixed Assets;

In addition, we found that there were inadequate delivery of project output and accomplishment of outcomes. Some activities need to be defined with measures that would demonstrate impact and benefits to the student.

We offered numerous recommendations to improve the issues and weaknesses noted in our audit.

We received ‘Management Response’ to the findings, which were mostly in disagreement. We included such response in the final report.

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Printed copies are available from the OCPA in Nepokos, Weno, Chuuk.


Office of the Chuuk State Public Auditor P.O Box B Weno, Chuuk FM 96942

Tel: 691.330.8832/8835; Fax 691.330.8840


Assessment teams equipped to roll out the SAI PMF measurement tool across the PASAI region

PRESS RELEASE

Friday 10 May 2019

The SAI PMF Tool will strengthen governance in the Pacific

Nadi, Fiji: The Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions (PASAI) in collaboration with the INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI) facilitated a planning workshop on measuring the performance of public audit offices.

Fourteen participants from six government audit offices namely State Chuuk of the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Pohnpei, Tonga and Vanuatu, including the facilitators and PASAI Secretariat, attended the workshop in Nadi, Fiji on 6-10 May 2019 at Novotel Nadi Hotel. The objective of the workshop is to build capabilities of public auditors in using a measurement tool, the International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) SAI Performance Measurement Framework (SAI PMF) to enable them to peer review each other’s performance.

Use of the SAI PMF tool was piloted in the Pacific region and implemented in other INTOSAI regions. Measuring the performance of SAIs ensures that government audit offices have the capacity and resources to conduct quality audits that contribute to good governance and make a difference in the lives of citizens.

The SAI PMF assessment will provide a true and clear baseline of performance built around six core organisational areas. Without this baseline, SAIs find it difficult to measure improvement against key performance indicators. Several PASAI SAIs already have this baseline information as a result of Phase 1 of the SAI PMF roll-out, and the SAIs participating in this workshop will now experience its practical application, as an assessment of their Offices will be conducted during the year. Future SAI PMF assessments will then map performance change over a period of time to feed into the SAI’s strategic planning activities.

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Facilitated by Sinaroseta Palamo-Iosefo, PASAI’s Director Practice Development and Irina Sprenglewski, IDI’s SAI PMF Advisor, the workshop provided more than an overview of the importance of measuring and reporting on performance. Delegates were able to run through a number of realistic scenarios to strengthen their learning which will be useful when they conduct these assessments over the next few months.

Says Meresimani from the Fiji Auditor General’s Office, ‘It has been very illuminating to see how SAI PMF can be used to highlight areas of weakness and potential within each SAI. As it is an evidence-based tool, we learned first-hand how to use the tool by asking the right questions, obtaining proper evidence and finally by recording our responses in an effective and meaningful manner.’

The workshop has been the first activity funded under the new donor partnership established between PASAI and the EU under the Strengthening of public Finance Management and Governance in the Pacific Project. The Strengthening of Public Financial Management and Governance in the

Pacific Project aims to strengthen oversight over public financial management in the Pacific region, through improving the budgetary scrutiny, public financial oversight and accountability capacities of parliaments, supreme audit institutions and civil society within the region, aligning with international public financial oversight and accountability standards, and fostering citizen engagement and oversight. Strengthening of Public Financial Management and Governance in the Pacific Project is funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

PASAI and IDI were honoured to welcome UNDP representatives, Marine Destrez and Manjeet Singh, to the first day of the workshop. In her opening remarks, Ms Destrez explained that this workshop is part of a whole spectrum of activities included in a new pool of funding created by the European Union (EU) that is dedicated to strengthening public financial management (PFM). Funding programs such as these are essential to strong governance, she went on. Public financial management covers frameworks, institutions and tools and brings together diverse stakeholders at the different stages of the Public Finance cycle. Audit Institutions play an important role in the oversight of PFM plans, processes and results and are an essential part of the transparency and accountability landscape of PFM. Both PASAI and EU/UNDP anticipate great collaborations on these important issues.

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PASAI also acknowledges the continuous support of the Australia Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT).

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For more information contact:

Mr. Tiofilusi Tiueti

Chief Executive PASAI Secretariat

Email: tiofilusi.tiueti@pasai.org

Telephone: +64 9 304 1275

Website: www.pasai.org

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PASAI's SAI PMF Planning Workshop in Fiji (May 2019) will ultimately strengthen governance


MEDIA RELEASE

For issue 3 May 2019

 

STRONG GOVERNANCE NEEDS QUALITY AUDITS

 

The Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions (PASAI) together with the INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI) will be holding a planning workshop on measuring performance of public audit offices in Nadi, Fiji on 6-10 May 2019 at Novotel Nadi Hotel.

Governance is strengthened through quality audits performed by competent and capable auditors. Measuring auditors’ performance ensures that government audit offices are capable and well-resourced to conduct quality audits that contribute to good governance and make a difference in the lives of citizens.

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The planning workshop will prepare government auditors from State Chuuk of the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati and Vanuatu to assess the performance of government audit offices using the International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) SAI Performance Measurement Framework (SAI PMF), a measurement tool adopted by the INTOSAI community.

Use of the SAI PMF tool was piloted in the Pacific region and implemented in other INTOSAI regions. It has proven to be very successful in identifying SAI strengths, weaknesses and development needs in a comprehensive range of organisational areas. As part of the ongoing roll-out and practical application of this program, an assessment of each participating Office will be conducted during the year.

Sinaroseta Palamo-Iosefo, PASAI’s Director - Practice Development, will lead the workshop along with IDI’s SAI PMF Advisor, Irina Sprenglewski. The director, who is also heavily involved in the refinement and application of the SAI PMF tool on a global SAI basis, states: ‘We are very fortunate in PASAI to have both the knowledge and experience of the SAI PMF process, and the funding provided by the European Union (EU) to bring this workshop directly to the region. The results so far have been very encouraging, and we now have a chance to embed and expand its usage to strengthen governance across the Pacific.’

EU representative Marga Peeters and UNDP representative Jean-Raphael Guiliani at PASAI’s Governing Board Meeting in Auckland, NZ, 28 Feb – 1 March 2019

EU representative Marga Peeters and UNDP representative Jean-Raphael Guiliani at PASAI’s Governing Board Meeting in Auckland, NZ, 28 Feb – 1 March 2019

The workshop is the first activity funded under the new donor partnership established between PASAI and the EU. It is supported by the United Nations Development Partner (UNDP), the Australia Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT).

 

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 For more information contact:

Mr. Tiofilusi Tiueti

Chief Executive PASAI Secretariat

Email: tiofilusi.tiueti@pasai.org

Telephone: +64 9 304 1275

The SAI PMF Assessment team for the Nauru SAI PMF assessment in 2018, with Sinaroseta Palamo-Iosefo far left and Irina Sprenglewski third from right.

The SAI PMF Assessment team for the Nauru SAI PMF assessment in 2018, with Sinaroseta Palamo-Iosefo far left and Irina Sprenglewski third from right.

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IDI’s Irina Sprenglewski interviews Naura SAI Head, Mr Manoharan Nair, during Nauru’s SAI PMF assessment (2018)

Pacific SAIs Establish Monitoring and Reporting Mechanisms

 Media Release

Tuesday 16 April 2019 

 

Pacific Audit Institutions Establish Monitoring and Reporting Mechanisms   

The Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions (PASAI) and INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI) joined forces once again to deliver a Monitoring and Reporting workshop in Nadi, Fiji on 8-12 April 2019.

PASAI is one of the two INTOSAI regions piloting this global programme, whose objective is to ensure audit institutions are strategically managed leading to better performance. This is the third workshop for the Strategy, Performance Measurement and Reporting (SPMR) programme, continuing on from the foundation already established in the audit institutions’ strategic and operational workshops held in Tonga and Cook Islands last year.

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Twenty-one participants from Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia – National Office and the state audit offices of Kosrae and Yap, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Tuvalu attended the workshop, which was facilitated by Freddy Yves Ndjemba, Dafina Dimitrova, and Nils Voesgen from the INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI), assisted by Tiofilusi Tiueti and Sinaroseta Palamo-Iosefo from the PASAI Secretariat.

The main objective of the workshop was to develop performance measurement systems to enable the supreme audit institutions (SAIs) to monitor the implementation of their strategic and operational plans and to capture the relevant information required for reporting on their operations.

Participants learned the rationale for using performance information in strategic decision-making, and discussed why they need to develop a measurement system to monitor SAI performance and provide assurance that the SAIs have achieved their goals.

After identifying the key elements of a good monitoring system such as indicators, baselines, milestones and targets, the group enjoyed ample opportunity to practice developing them for their own strategic and operational plans. There was also an in-depth discussion into the challenges for SAIs in preparing different types of reports, both internal and external, for various audiences. Furthermore, performance reporting – the case for SAIs reporting on their performance and the key characteristics of a good performance report - was covered at length.

Participants appreciated the important lessons learnt about monitoring and reporting on their operations. They highlighted particularly the significance of SAIs feeding back on their own performance, demonstrating their support for the improved public service accountability and transparency for which they should be role models.

Following the successful SPMR pilots, the programme will roll out globally to empower SAIs to implement their plans and monitor performance against the outputs and outcomes defined in their organisational plans. The SPMR programme is generously supported by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

PASAI acknowledges the financial support of IDI, Australia Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs to conduct this programme for SAIs in the Pacific region. 

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   For more information contact:

Mr. Tiofilusi Tiueti

Chief Executive PASAI Secretariat

Email: tiofilusi.tiueti@pasai.org

Telephone: +64 9 304 1275

Website: www.pasai.org

 

 Mr. Freddy Yves Ndjemba

Manager Capacity Development

Email contact: Freddy.ndjemba@idi.no  

Phone: +47 9024 7285

Website: www.idi.no  

 





 

 







 

 







 

 

 

 

 

PASAI's latest newsletter, honouring Christchurch, is out now

The latest issue(17) of the PASAI newsletter is now out, featuring articles and information from many SAIs including Tuvalu, Pohnpei, Fiji, Tonga, Yap, Nauru, Samoa, Cook Islands and Kiribati.

This newsletter also comes with a special foreword from PASAI Chief Executive, Tiofilusi Tiueti, in the aftermath of the tragic events in Christchurch NZ on 15th March 2019:

Read the newsletter online.

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FSM ONPA confronts MiCare Plan's risk-taking in their performance audit report

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PRESS RELEASE NO. 2019-01 from FSM Office of the National Public Auditor

The Office of the National Public Auditor (ONPA) announces the release of Audit Report No. 2019-01, a performance audit entitled MiCare Plan: Challenged by Oversight and Management Issues; New Team Optimistic About Future Prospects, which covered the fiscal years 2013 to 2017.

The audit report is available for public viewing here, or online at http://www.fsmopa.fm. Likewise, printed copies are available at ONPA in Palikir, Pohnpei.

The Public Auditor’s authority as codified at Chapter 5, Title 55 of the FSM Code gave us the power to conduct this audit which focused on MiCare Plan’s administration, including oversight and monitoring arrangements for the health insurance plan.

The objectives of this audit included determining if (a) management and oversight systems provided adequate assurance that operational goals and objectives were achieved, and (b) MiCare Plan had implemented proper system for monitoring, reviewing and reporting including assessing priorities consistent with the aims and objectives of the health insurance plan.

Based on our audit, we concluded that the Board and Management exposed the MiCare Plan and took risks that had no corresponding internal controls to mitigate them. The risks in various processes were not mitigated by systems in place (internal controls) that should have been expected to adequately identify, measure, monitor, and most importantly, control the risks to an acceptable level. As a result, Board and Management did not adequately fulfill their responsibilities to ensure that the Plan operated in a safe and sound manner; the Plan’s overall financial condition improved rather than declining and incurring substantial financial losses; and depletion of the Plan’s capital leading to a need for a considerable capital infusion to survive. Specifically, our audit has disclosed the following weaknesses:

1. Inadequate corporate governance;

2. Inadequate annual budget linked to any strategic goals and objectives;

3. Lack of risk management policy and framework;

4. Lack of performance evaluation for the Administrator and Senior Management;

5. Lack of effective information and communication technology (ICT) controls;

6. Lack of performance results and measures to implement monitoring and reporting controls;

7. Lack of adequate internal policies to direct and guide the day-to-day operations;

8. Lack of code of ethics; and,

9. Lack of oversight and guidance to manage accounts receivable.

We offered numerous recommendations to remedy the issues and weaknesses in areas such as corporate governance, annual operational plan and budget, risk management, performance evaluation, information technology, performance monitoring and reporting, internal policies and procedures, code of ethics, and accounts receivable.

Management response to the findings and recommendations, which were mostly in agreement, is included in the final report for your perusal.

For more information please contact:

Office of the National Public Auditor

P.O Box PS-05

Palikir, Pohnpei FM 96941

Tel: 691.320.2862/2863; Fax 691.320.5842

Hotline:691.320.6768; Website: http://www.fsmopa.fm

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PASAI's Newsletter - November/Christmas 2018

It’s been an eventful year for PASAI. Member SAIs, the Secretariat and many strategic development partners and consultants have worked tirelessly towards PASAI’s key priorities in strengthening SAI independence; governance, transparency and accountability; the timely completion of high quality audits, and capacity and capability of Pacific SAIs and all their staff.

While we can’t list all the activities that have gone on in 2018, we’re very pleased to be able to bring you ‘A Year in the Life of SAI Pohnpei’, showing first-hand the challenges and the highlights of serving citizens in a smaller, developing SAI.

In this issue, we also bring you an overview of:

  • Recent training in Vanuatu (QA) , Cook Islands (SPMR) and SAI CNMI (CPE credits)

  • Shared experiences in the twinning arrangement between the SAIs of NZ and Samoa

  • Reflections from three PASAI participants on IDI’s SAI Young Leaders program

  • News of the asset valuation and management initiatives of SAI Vanuatu and SAI Fiji

  • Feedback from the IDI Stakeholder Engagement Review meeting in South Africa, attended by six PASAI members from the SAIs of FSM, Solomon Islands and Tonga.

You can read the newsletter online or download it here.

Until the next newsletter in January 2019, best wishes for a wonderful Christmas season and an exciting new year, and enjoy our photo collection from this bumper edition of the newsletter.



Secondment opportunity to be acting Deputy AG, SAI Solomon Islands

An amazing opportunity has arisen for one of PASAI’s auditors to take the next step up on their career ladder.

As part of their career development, PASAI auditors at a senior level are invited to apply for a one-year secondment as Acting Deputy Auditor-General (DAG) to the Solomon Islands. Working alongside AG Peter Lokay, the secondee will provide vital DAG services to the SAI, while also mentoring and upskilling a SAI SI team member to take on the role after the secondment.

In an initiative jointly funded and organised by PASAI, the Australian Government and Solomon Islands’ OAG, the secondee will have all expenses paid for including flights, accommodation and a per diem allowance (and salary supplement if applicable ie if on leave without pay) while advancing on their career path. Applicants will currently be qualified auditors at a senior audit manager or DAG level, with a commitment to sharing knowledge, expertise and capacity-building in the PASAI region.

Interested parties should apply with a full CV (including two referees of whom one must be their existing SAI head), along with a statement of suitability for the role by no later than 21 December.

Click below to read about the opportunity and how to apply.

SAI Solomon Islands Secondment

SPMR Workshop in Rarotonga aligns operations to strategic plans

Media Release Friday 30 November 2018 

SPMR Workshop in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, helps SAIs align operational and strategic plans.  

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Pacific Audit Institutions Align Operations to Strategic Plans 

Rarotonga, Cook Islands: The Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions (PASAI) and INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI) continued their collaboration by delivering an Operational Planning workshop in Rarotonga, Cook Islands on 26-30 November 2018. The second workshop for the Strategy, Performance Measurement and Reporting (SPMR) programme, this training builds from the foundation already established in the audit institutions’ strategic plans developed during the workshop held in Tonga earlier this year.

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Twenty-eight participants from the SAIs of the Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia – National Office and the state audit offices of Kosrae, Pohnpei, and Yap, Guam, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Tuvalu attended the workshop to develop operational plans in alignment with their strategies. Representatives from SAI Australia (Australian National Audit Office (ANAO)) and SAI New Zealand joined them to share the experience and to provide support to their respective twinning partners, as determined under a separate arrangement between the PASAI and the Australian Council of Auditors General (ACAG).

 In his opening remarks, the Honourable Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Audit, Hon. Mark Brown highlighted the critical role that government auditors play in strengthening accountability and transparency in the public sector. PASAI is one of the two INTOSAI regions piloting this global programme with the objective of ensuring that audit institutions are strategically managed leading to better performance. 

In a workshop facilitated by Freddy Yves Ndjemba, Dafina Dimitrova, and Irina Sprenglewski from the INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI), assisted by Tiofilusi Tiueti and Sinaroseta Palamo-Iosefo from the PASAI Secretariat, Sarah Markley of SAI New Zealand and Rona Mellor and Penelope Edwards from SAI Australia, participants were taken from the fundamental characteristics of an operational plan through the full operational planning process.

Participants worked rigorously on aligning their operational and strategic plans, developing these key organizational roadmaps holistically to ensure the audit institutions deliver the outputs and achieve outcomes accordingly. Attendees particularly appreciated the importance of this holistic approach to managing their operations and ensuring alignment with their strategic priorities in their mission to lead by example and add value to society.  

The next phase for the SPMR programme will involve support and the provision of tools to develop a monitoring and reporting framework for these audit institutions, thus enabling impactful reporting on performance from the audit institutions to their stakeholders.

PASAI acknowledges the financial support by the IDI, Australia Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Asian Development Bank to conduct this programme for SAIs in the Pacific region. 

Download the media release here 

See more photos from the event in PASAI’s 2018 Photo Album

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

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PASAI's October Newsletter IS out now

Networking, engaging, reaching out to our member SAIs, development/strategic partners and governing bodies - in our October newsletter, we focus on PASAI’s activities in each of these areas.

In this issue, read about:

  • PASAI’s collaborative meeting with ACAG at the offices of the Victorian Auditor General’s Office (VAGO);

  • How PASAI is working with the Tongan Parliament to strengthen the oversight role of the PAC;

  • Record uptake in PASAI of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on environmental auditing;

  • The planning process in communicating about our programs to maximise impact and information.

Download the newsletter or read it online.


IDI reports on PASAI's experiences with SAI PMF

The world needs strong, high-performing SAIs. The SAI Performance Measurement Framework (PMF) gives credible and accurate information to be used in strategic planning and capacity development to ensure that SAIs can grow into the fully capable institutions envisioned in ISSAI 12.

The INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI) has issued reports on the experiences of four sets of SAI experiences with SAI PMF - Bhutan, Palestine, Brazil and a number of SAIs in PASAI.

Read IDI’s report on PASAI’s discoveries in using this invaluable tool which demonstrates SAI accountability.

You can read the other illuminating reports on the IDI website.

Media Release: PASAI and IDI team up for a high quality workshop

Media Release

19 November 2018

PASAI/IDI’s high quality workshop in Vanuatu

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Port Vila, Vanuatu: The Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions (PASAI) and the INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI) teamed up this week to deliver a Quality Assurance (QA) Regional Workshop for their member Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) in the South Pacific, launching phase 1 of the drive to improve and enhance high quality audits conducted in the Pacific Region. Co-hosted with the Vanuatu National Audit Office, the workshop has run from 12 to 16 November 2018 in Port Vila, Vanuatu at Holiday Inn Resort.

A major challenge faced by Pacific SAIs is the consistent delivery of high quality audits. The quality of a SAI’s work affects their reputation and credibility, and as PASAI aims to strengthen SAIs to ultimately make a difference in the lives of citizens, Strategic Priority 3 of PASAI’s Strategic Plan 2014/2024 is dedicated to supporting high quality audits.  For these to be achieved, an effective system of quality control needs to be built into each SAI’s strategy, culture, policies and procedures.

The objective of this workshop is to develop a pool of QA reviewers to strengthen the QA mechanism and peer review process of SAIs in the PASAI region. In the hands of a highly professional team of facilitators from IDI, PASAI Secretariat, SAI Fiji, SAI Tonga, SAI Samoa and SAI New Zealand, 17 participants attending the workshop from Fiji, PNG, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Nauru, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu received guidance on how to conduct quality assurance reviews. The high-level workshop program included exercises, quizzes, classroom lectures and practice in applying a QA tool for the three audit streams – Financial, Compliance and Performance. 

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‘Good governance is important,’ emphasised the Chairman of the Vanuatu Public Accounts Committee, Hon Ephraim Kalsakau, in his opening remarks. Furthermore, good governance must cascade down from the ‘tone at the top’, as demonstrated by Caleb Sandy, Auditor General of Vanuatu, who was appointed only recently in 2017 and attended the whole event. “My purpose of sitting in the workshop is to determine how quality assurance is inserted into the functions of an audit.”

Feedback from all parties has been extremely positive. Closing the workshop, Mr Clinton Pobke, Program Director of the DFAT FUNDED program Governance for Growth (GFG), highlighted that he has now understood the importance of SAIs, stating: ‘Audit is integral to the entire PFM system’.

As this high-impact workshop moves into the next stage, PASAI acknowledges the great collaborative partnership with IDI, in particular Capacity Development Manager Shofiqul Islam, who has worked closely with the PASAI Region to help in the strategic priority of achieving high quality audits.


Download the media release here

For more photos from this event, go to the QA Workshop photo gallery in our 2018 album.

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

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Front Row L-R: A’eau Agnes Aruwafu, PASAI Director Technical Support; Chairman of PAC Vanuatu, Hon Ephraim Kalsakau; Vanuatu Auditor-General, Mr Caleb Sandy and Mrs Sina Palamo-Iosefo, PASAI Director Practice Development

Delegates from PNG and Solomon Islands

Delegates from PNG and Solomon Islands

Participants from Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Samoa, Nauru and Tuvalu

Participants from Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Samoa, Nauru and Tuvalu

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PASAI's findings on data and digitalisation feature in the latest INTOSAI Journal.

INTOSAI JOURNAL AUTUMN 2018 ISSUE NOW ONLINE!

The Autumn 2018 edition of the INTOSAI Journal, now available online at www.intosaijournal.org, highlights the Sustainable Development Goals and environmental auditing.

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This issue includes an article by Chuck Young, Managing Director, Office of Public Affairs, US Government Accountability Office. After attending PASAI’s 21st Congress in August 2018, Chuck noted the challenges, changes and opportunities in ‘Embracing the Digital Future’ - the theme of the Congress, and shared excellent insights into the use of data analysis in sharing information via the Journal.

Read his PASAI article on page 38 of the INTOSAI Journal Flip-book.

In the latest edition of the INTOSAI Journal, you will also find...

  • An insightful editorial from Pamela Monroe-Ellis, Auditor General of Jamaica, who reflects on her SAI's journey in contributing to SDG achievement.

  • Enriching feature stories on SAI Indonesia's use of strategic environmental assessments to address sustainability; SAI Thailand's joint approach combined with experiential learning to improve environmental performance audits; and SAI Poland's recent experience in auditing national SDG implementation preparedness.

  • The latest SAI news on Auditor General appointments, along with special reports on goal chair committee meetings, regional congresses and assemblies.

  • A unique perspective on building SAI capacity through technical support in this edition's Spotlight on Capacity Building.

Chuck Young speaking at PASAI’s 21st Congress in August 2018

Chuck Young speaking at PASAI’s 21st Congress in August 2018

PASAI and Tongan Parliament work together to strengthen PAC's oversight role

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Media Release 25 October 2018

PASAI works with the Tongan Parliament to strengthen the PAC’s oversight role

L-R: PAC Chairman, Hon. Tevita Lavemaau, Speaker Lord Fakafanua, PASAI Chief Executive Tiofilusi Tiueti, and Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni.

L-R: PAC Chairman, Hon. Tevita Lavemaau, Speaker Lord Fakafanua, PASAI Chief Executive Tiofilusi Tiueti, and Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni.

The Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions (PASAI) was honoured to host a delegation from the Tonga Parliament at the PASAI Secretariat office on 23rd October 2018.

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The delegation was led by Tonga’s Speaker of Parliament, Lord Fakafanua, who previously attended a Public Financial Management (PFM) Symposium in Tonga from 4 – 6 September 2018 that was co-facilitated by PASAI, the Tonga Ministry of Finance and National Planning (MFNP), Tonga Office of the Auditor-General (TOAG), and Pacific Financial Technical Assistance Centre (PFTAC). His Lordship was joined by two Members of Parliament, Hon. Tevita Lavemaau (Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee) and Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni (member of the Public Accounts Committee).

Continuing the theme of the PFM Symposium, the two parties discussed PASAI’s current and future support programs to the Tonga Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in strengthening its oversight role on legislative scrutiny of the annual budget and the audited financial statements of government.

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Says Lord Fakafanua, ‘This was a highly productive meeting in which we were all able to gain further clarity and understanding of the status of our current programs with PASAI and also future initiatives to enhance the PAC’s roles, responsibilities and support mechanisms in this critical area. I am very keen to build on the relationships with PASAI and their development parties to share our experiences and grow accordingly, and look forward to moving forward with everything discussed.’

In the past two years, PASAI has been providing technical support to Tonga’s Parliament and PAC in building the capacity of parliamentarians to better understand their role in providing financial oversight of public expenditure, developing PAC frameworks and procedures for review and scrutiny of external audit reports, and enhancing public awareness of the PAC. The meeting clarified the way forward and continuation of these support programs. These programs were funded by Australian Aid (DFAT).    

PASAI continues to support initiatives to strengthen PACs in the region in improving the understanding of accountability and transparency on the part of citizens, and thanks all its development partners in these programs and activities, especially DFAT and MFAT.

 

For more information please contact PASAI Communications Advisor, jill.marshall@pasai.org

 

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#We too: PASAI's August newsletter is an all-female edition

Welcome to PASAI’s special August newsletter – an all-female issue which celebrates 125 years of women’s right to vote in New Zealand, and gender balance initiatives world-wide.

As NZ Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, declared at the UN, “It seems surprising that in this modern age we have to recommit ourselves to gender equality, but we do. And I for one will never celebrate the gains we have made for women domestically, while internationally other women and girls experience a lack of the most basic of opportunity and dignity. Me Too must become We Too.”

Absolutely. Which is why we’re thrilled to announce that every article in this edition of our newsletter is either contributed by or features women from our SAIs and beyond.

As they lead change and positive shifts around the region and across each of PASAI’s strategic priorities, they are empowering other girls and women to follow in their footsteps. Read about some of the PASAI women showing us the way, not just in the Pacific region, but around the globe.

PASAI’s All-Female August Newsletter



Strengthening PFM for Better Service Delivery: PFM Symposium in Tonga, 4-6 Sept 2018

 Joint Media Release

11 September 2018

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The Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions (PASAI), together with the Tonga Ministry of Finance and National Planning (MFNP) and Pacific Financial Technical Assistance Centre (PFTAC), held a Public Financial Management (PFM) Symposium in Tonga from 4 – 6 September 2018. Australia was pleased to provide financial support to PASAI for the event.

The theme of the Symposium was ‘Strengthening PFM for Better Service Delivery’. The event brought key stakeholders together to review progress against implementation of the Tonga PFM Roadmap 2014/15 – 2019/20.

Hosted by Tonga’s MFNP and co-facilitated by PASAI and PFTAC, the Symposium was attended by over 60 participants representing Government Ministries, Parliament, National Reserve Bank of Tonga, public enterprises, faith-based and civil society organisations, media entities, regional institutions, and development partners. Speakers shared valuable perspectives on Tonga PFM reform through presentations and/or panel discussions.

Lively discussions centred on how PFM can help Government to provide more efficient and effective service delivery in a transparent and accountable way, and these valuable inputs will be incorporated into an update of the Tonga PFM Roadmap. This process helped participants understand that the Roadmap is a living document that should be reviewed and updated regularly. These ‘lessons learned’ will be used across all other Pacific countries that have PFM Roadmaps in place.  

The MFNP will reactivate its PFM Steering Committee to propel the way forward for reform. The PFM Symposium has also highlighted the need to re-institute a regional PFM forum, with Pacific PFM institutions coming together more often to hold regular meetings and obtain updates on PFM issues.

HE Andrew Ford, the Australian High Commissioner to Tonga, emphasised in his opening remarks the importance of PFM to achieve efficient and effective allocation of public services and build public trust in government. This was followed by the opening address of the keynote speaker, Hon. Mateni Tapueluelu, Acting Minister for Finance and National Planning, who stated: “We need to speak with one clear voice and everyone is responsible.” This became a recurring theme throughout the three days, underlining the need for all delegates to work together, collaborate, communicate and coordinate to achieve the outcomes of the Roadmap and improve the government service delivery to the people of Tonga.

Closing the Symposium, the Speaker of Tonga Legislative Assembly, Lord Fakafanua, summed it up. “This is an ideal platform for stakeholders to share strategies involved in PFM reform initiatives. This symposium is a testament and commitment to move forward”.  The way forward will be the responsibility of all stakeholders and it is hoped implementation will result in positive outcomes for the citizens of Tonga.

PASAI would like to thank and acknowledge the ongoing support of Australia DFAT and NZ MFAT, and the great collaborative working relationship with Tonga’s Ministry of Finance and National Planning, Tonga’s Office of the Auditor-General, PFTAC, development partners and local PFM experts in delivering this Symposium.

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