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III EUROSAI-ASOSAI Joint Conference 2019 in Israel

The III EUROSAI–ASOSAI Joint Conference on "Emerging Issues und Emerging Situations" was organized by the SAI of Israel and took place in Jerusalem, Israel, from 11 to 14 March 2019. 44 SAIs from Europe and Asia as well as the INTOSAI General Secretariat participated in the meeting. As many as 21 heads of SAIs and more than 130 delegates attended the third joint EUROSAI-ASOSAI event. This international meeting also gave the participants the opportunity to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Office of the State Comptroller and Ombudsman of Israel.

The program was very diverse and featured 12 workshops on topics such as audit data analysis in the big data era, real time audit of emergency situations, workforce in the year 2030, national emergency management, increase in life expectancy and pension plans — challenges for SAIs, as well as information technologies — opportunities and challenges.

Furthermore, three open-mic sessions were held on thematic blocks revolving around the SDGs and different audit fields, cyber and IT-security concepts for SAIs as well as on the audit of disaster management. Four keynote speakers explained the Israeli situation regarding start-ups (Israel as the "start-up nation"), government incentives to stimulate innovation, cyber emergencies and 21st century mega trends.

In a special plenary session, heads of SAIs discussed topics such as the audit of care for the elderly with dementia, dealing with ethics in a digital world, e-governance and digitalization of the public sector as well as approaches towards emerging IT-audits and internal information security developments.

The last conference day featured a visit to the international airport of Israel, Ben Gurion, with interesting insights behind the scenes, as well as a visit to the Simon Peres Center for Peace and Innovations and to a wastewater treatment and desalination plant.

14 March 2019


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