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XXI INCOSAI | Inauguration Ceremony and First General Plenary Session

The XXI International Congress of INTOSAI (INCOSAI) was inaugurated on 22 October 2013 with the participation of more than 600 delegates, the Prime Minister of the People's Republic of China, the UN Under-Secretary-General and other high-ranking national and international representatives of China. The INTOSAI Secretary General acted the moderator of the inauguration ceremony.

The inauguration ceremony of the XXI INCOSAI was held in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on 22 October 2013. The Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of China, Mr Li Keqiang, honoured INTOSAI and the host of the XXI INCOSAI, the Chinese National Audit Office, with his personal presence, which highlighted the importance of external government auditing and its key role for good global governance, the fight against corruption risk foresight and management in general and, specifically, the two congress themes "National governance and national audit" and "The role of SAIs in safeguarding sustainability of public finances".

The inauguration ceremony was moderated by the INTOSAI Secretary General, Mr Josef Moser, who underlined the importance of the UN General Assembly's Resolution A/66/209 on SAI independence for the future work of INTOSAI and its involvement in the UN Post-2015 Development Agenda.

The greeting address by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr Ban Ki-moon, which was presented by the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr Wu Hongbo, and in which he stressed the valuable role of SAIs as watchdogs to help foster the efficient and effective use of public resources, was another highlight of the opening ceremony. In this greeting address, Mr Ban-Ki-moon expressed his wish to continue the long-standing cooperation of the United Nations with INTOSAI in order to build a strong foundation for enduring peace, sustainable development and the protection of universal human rights.

In his farewell speech, the outgoing Chair of the INTOSAI Governing Board, Mr Terence Nombembe, underscored the utmost importance of truth and integrity and wished his successor the best success in taking INTOSAI from strength to strength. On behalf of all INTOSAI members, the Secretary General conferred him with a commemoration plaque, expressing the gratitude and recognition of the whole INTOSAI community for his outstanding performance as INTOSAI Chair.

In his speech, Mr Liu Jiayi, incoming chair of the INTOSAI Governing Board, underlined that the forthcoming three years would build on the success and the results of INTOSAI’s work of the past. The future focus would lie especially on auditing standards and on strengthening the influence of INTOSAI with regard to the United Nations and other international organisations.

The inauguration ceremony ended with the traditional handing over of the INTOSAI gavel from the Chair of the SAI of South Africa, host of XX INCOSAI in 2010, to the Chair of the SAI of China, host of the XXI INCOSAI and Chair of the INTOSAI Governing Board in the period 2013-2016.

First General Plenary Session

The First General Plenary Session included a series of important reports such as the report of the INTOSAI Secretary General and the report of the Director of Strategic Planning, the report of the Finance and Administration Committee, the report of the Task Force on Strategic Planning on the elaboration of the forthcoming Strategic Plan, the report on INTOSAI communication, the highly interesting and enlightening reports of the seven INTOSAI Regional Working Groups, the INTOSAI external auditors, the Capacity Building Committee and IDI. The main decisions, of which most were taken note of or approved by the 64th Governing Board immediately the day before the XXI INCOSAI in Beijing, were as follows:

  • Admittance of the SAI of Tajikistan as Full Member and of the SAI of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (Union économique et monétaire ouest-africaine – UEMOA) as Associate Member of INTOSAI, raising the number of INTOSAI members to 192 Full Members and 5 Associate Members.

  • Creation of the position of a Vice-Chair of the Standing Supervisory Committee on Emerging Issues and approval of the SAI of the United States of America as Vice-Chair of this committee.

  • Adoption of the annual reports and the audited financial statements 2010-2012 of the General Secretariat.

  • Adoption of the INTOSAI budget 2014-2016.

  • Adoption of INTOSAI’s communication priority theme 2014 "Implementation of the Beijing Declaration, especially of the UN General Assembly Resolution A/66/209 on strengthening the independence of SAIs and the ISSAI framework in order to secure sustainable development of public finances".

  • Acknowledgement of nine proposals presented by the Finance and Administration Committee especially as to offer INTOSAI more financial flexibility in maintaining its finances and in receiving voluntary financial contributions, to clarify the expectations with regard to holding INTOSAI meetings, to review the current membership assessment, to encourage INTOSAI members to give voluntary financial contributions, to notify the General Secretariat of all on-going external funding, to revisit the associate membership process, to prepare a high-level financing plan in conjunction with the new INTOSAI Strategic Plan and to review the potential for initiating a certification process for auditors.

  • Transfer of the chairmanship of the Financial Audit Subcommittee from the SAI of Sweden to the SAI of the United Arab Emirates.

  • Transfer of the chairmanship of the Capacity Building Committee (CBC), Goal 2, from the SAI of Morocco to the SAI of South Africa.

  • Establishment of the position of a CBC Vice-Chair and approval of this position to be realized by the SAI of Sweden.

  • Transfer of the chairmanship of Subcommittee 3 "Promote best practices and quality assurance through voluntary peer reviews" from the SAI Germany to the SAI of the Slovak Republic (on the occasion of the 63rd Governing Board meeting in 2012).

  • Dissolution of the CBC Subcommittee 1 "Promote increased capacity building activities among INTOSAI members" and remittance of its tasks to the CBC Committee.

  • Approval of the IDI Strategic Plan 2014-18 and the revised IDI mandate.

Furthermore, a number of publications, manuals and guides were presented such as:

– Anniversary publication "60 Years INTOSAI – 50 Years General Secretariat",

– Re-edition of the booklet on the Lima and Mexico Declarations,

– Compendium on Innovative Practices of Citizen Engagement for Public Accountability through Supreme Audit Institutions,

– Collection of Important Literature on Strengthening Capacities of Supreme Audit Institutions on the Fight Against Corruption,

– Joint Report of the General Secretariat and UN-DESA on the 22nd UN/INTOSAI Symposium

– Human Resource Management for SAIs and Annexes, Implementing ISSAIs, Business Continuity Planning for SAIs and occasional papers, Building Strong Regions and Key Characteristics of Effective Regional Capacity Building.

In addition, the INTOSAI Donor Cooperation informed on the re-launch of the Global Call for Proposals 2013, which was based on the significant success in 2011, stating that 25 projects were funded or on-going and that the SAI Performance Measurement Framework was making significant progress. Furthermore, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a new signatory of the MoU between INTOSAI and the Donor Community raised the number of donors to 21.

The INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI) gave a brief review of the amazing number of its capacity building activities, such as the most successful ISSAI Implementation Program (3I), the 3I Management Program or the elaboration of a client centre facilitation approach and a service-delivery model.

tv.people.com.cn

 23 October 2013

 

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