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INCOSAI XXII in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

On the occasion of INCOSAI XXII, which was held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, from 7 to 11 December 2016, the new Secretary General of INTOSAI, Dr. Margit Kraker, was cordially welcomed to her new function. She underlined her willingness to make a positive and constructive contribution to the successful further development of INTOSAI.

The SAI of the United Arab Emirates under the leadership of its President, Dr. Harib Al Amimi, was an excellent host and organizer of this INTOSAI Congress, which takes place every three years and which, in addition to the traditional discussions in the plenary sessions, provided plentiful opportunities for individual talks and group discussions.

During INCOSAI XXII, the members of INTOSAI, which now has 194 full members, took numerous ground-breaking decisions, such as the

  • endorsement of the INTOSAI Strategic Plan 2017–2022, which envisages to put into practice, in a comprehensive, transparent and efficient way, the contribution of SAIs to enhancing accountability and transparency in public administration for the benefit of citizens worldwide;
  • endorsement of the revised Due Process for the INTOSAI Framework for Professional Pronouncements;
  • endorsement of the INTOSAI Framework for Professional Pronouncements (IFPP), which comprises all INTOSAI products broken down by three categories: 1. INTOSAI Principles, 2. INTOSAI Standards and 3. INTOSAI Guidelines. The IFPP replaces the former ISSAI framework;
  • creation of the Forum for INTOSAI Professional Pronouncements (FIPP), the INTOSAI standard-setting body, which revises and approves professional pronouncements, such as the ISSAIs, according to the Due Process;
  • endorsement of 30 ISSAIs and 3 INTOSAI GOVs;
  • appointment of the SAIs of Ghana and Lithuania as INTOSAI’s external auditors, who will audit the financial statements of INTOSAI in the General Secretariat in Vienna in early March 2017;
  • endorsement of the reviewed INTOSAI Statutes, which brought about a closer alignment with the current structure, strategy and objectives in order to better meet the needs of its members and stakeholders;
  • adoption of the SAI Performance Measurement Framework (SAI PMF);
  • election of the following SAIs as new or re-elected representatives in the INTOSAI Governing Board, which now consists of 20 members: Argentina, the Bahamas, Brazil, India, Peru, Portugal, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia and Samoa;
  • creation of a Regional Forum for Capacity Development in the framework of the CBC (Strategic Goal 2);
  • creation of a forum for the closer cooperation of SAIs with jurisdictional competences;
  • confirmation of the INTOSAI Community Portal with features such as communities of practice, blogs, chats, virtual meetings or interactive surveys; and
  • approval of the 2017 priority theme “Implementation of the INTOSAI Strategic Plan 2017-2022 based on the Abu Dhabi Declaration, with particular focus on the 5 strategic cross-cutting priorities”.

As regards Theme I of this year’s INCOSAI, which addressed the contribution and the role of SAIs with regard to reviewing and monitoring the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Congress identified the importance of, and interest in, undertaking audit and review work on the SDGs, and, in doing so, through four different approaches. INTOSAI plans to provide regular feedback to its community on SDG-related audit issues, such as approaches, methodologies and results, in order to engage with, inform and encourage SAIs to do effective work in this area.

The Congress identified the following key objectives for the expert group to be addressed in the period leading up to INCOSAI XXIII in 2019:

  • developing and delivering  frameworks for implementing the four approaches based on SAIs’ initiatives, and a mechanism for monitoring progress and collecting information;
  • supporting the production of high-quality SDG-related information through these frameworks, and its sharing within the SAI community; and
  • ensuring effective relations with the UN and other external partners, including informative and accessible reporting and maximizing the value of future INTOSAI/UN symposia on the theme.

As regards Theme II of the INTOSAI Congress, professionalization, INTOSAI’s members agreed upon the fact that a decisive contribution to improving professionalization requires a commitment from all parts of INTOSAI to grow the professional support available to all SAIs and their staff, thereby enabling them to deliver timely, relevant high-quality products. INTOSAI is addressing this through three major initiatives:

  • enhancing INTOSAI’s standard setting;
  • professionalization at global, regional and SAI levels; and
  • rolling out the SAI performance measurement framework (SAI PMF).

On the last day of the Congress, the participants adopted the Abu Dhabi Declaration as the official final and outcome document.

14 December 2016

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