PASAI’s vision that "Pacific SAIs’ work contributes to improved management and use of public sector resources leading to increased transparency and accountability to the people of the Pacific” is in line with the principal objectives of regionalism:
- Sustainable development that combines economic, social and cultural development in ways that improve livelihoods and well-being, and uses the environment sustainably
- Economic growth that is inclusive and equitable
- Strengthened governance, legal, financial and administrative systems
- Security that ensures stable and safe human, environmental and political conditions for all
The PFM Roadmap for Forum Island Countries (FICs), endorsed by the Forum Leaders at its 2010 meeting, also aims to strengthen the PFM systems of FICs through better management and use of public resources and as a result enhanced transparency and accountability to the people of the Pacific.
PASAI plays an important role in strengthening the PFM systems of FICs through the work of individual Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) as well as its regional programmes under its five strategic priorities.
PASAI’s relationships with development partners (DPs) and donors are crucial to its ongoing success. Maintaining and strengthening relationships with existing primary DPs and other critical DPs, as well as ‘developing’ new relationships with others is very important.
List of Partners
Australia has made direct contributions to PRAI via the PASAI Secretariat since 2008 valued at AUD7.85 million [a total of AUD4.25 million over the period 2008-2015 with an additional AUD3.6 million for the current phase (2014-2017)].
Australia’s support contributes to the goal of helping Pacific Island Member Countries to improve the quality of public sector auditing to uniformly high standards, which in turn promotes transparent, accountable, effective and efficient use of public sector resources.
DFAT’s continued support to PASAI for this specific investment is based on the following:
- It has been an effective mechanism for mobilising skilled technical assistance to SAIs
- It is a cost effective approach (pooling of resources) to establishing consistent advice and technical assistance in response to the complex challenges in the Pacific and responses to the needs of beneficiary countries
- It is flexible and adaptive to responding to emerging country needs
- It facilitates collaboration among member countries
- It builds sub-regional capacity and collaboration
- It improves data/information for transparency and accountability
DFAT funding seeks to improve governance of PICs and to contribute to the reduction of corruption and poverty through improved transparency and accountability, leading to more effective management of public sector resources.
MFAT, acting through the New Zealand Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade, is one of the primary funders in respect of the implementation of PASAI’s Long Term Strategy 2014-2024. The funding is made available under the New Zealand Aid Programme’s Partnership and Funds Programme. Under this funding agreement, PASAI will implement the first three years of the Strategy. PASAI’s strategy aims to enhance the ability of Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) to audit the use of public sector resources to improve transparency and accountability in the Pacific.
The Pacific Regional Audit Initiative (PRAI) was designed and approved in 2008. This was a result of an agreement following the 2006 Pacific Leaders Forum of a regional support programme for audit services to improve integrity and financial scrutiny of Public funds. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded PRAI together with the Australian Government. Currently, ADB provides Technical Assistance (TA) associated with PASAI’s 2014-2024 Strategic Plan (referred to as PRAI Stage 2).
The IDI works to enhance the institutional capacity of SAIs in developing countries through needs-based, collaborative and sustainable development programmes in INTOSAI regions and groups of SAIs to meet the emerging and existing needs of our stakeholders. In conjunction with PASAI, IDI has delivered joint initiatives and programmes for the benefit of member SAIs.
The WBG’s twin goals are to reduce poverty and promote shared prosperity. The WBG supports development in developing countries around the world by providing low-interest loans, zero to low-interest credits and grants to developing countries.
The Economic Development Fund (EDF) assistance administered by PIFS from the European Union is for Pacific Regional Projects that come under the Pacific Regional Indicative Programme administered by the Regional Authorising Officer (RAO) which is part of PIFS.
UNDP helps governance institutions in countries bring constitutional reforms, organise credible elections, strengthen Parliaments, and address policy and institutional options for peace, risk-reduction and development through reconciliation, empowerment and inclusion.
PFTAC supports PICs achieve enhanced growth and poverty reduction through its high-quality technical assistance and training in improving macroeconomic management. Together, PFTAC and PASAI have delivered accounting and financial management training for member SAI staff as well as finance officers from PICs.
PICPA responds to the needs and plans identified by PICs for strengthened public administration to enable approved service delivery to their people and foster economic growth. Together with PASAI, PICPA delivers joint initiatives for the benefit of SAI members and public servants.
The University of the South Pacific (USP) is the premier provider of tertiary education in the Pacific Region and an international centre of excellence for teaching. USP, together with PASAI, delivers jointly-funded training on accounting standards for its member SAIs.
The Pacific Islands Forum is a political grouping of 16 independent and self-governing states.
The Pacific Islands Climate Science Center was established by the Department of the Interior on October 7, 2011, as a consortium led by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, and the University of Guam.
The Australasian Council of Auditors-General (ACAG) is an association established by Auditors-General for their mutual support and for the sharing of information.