The IV joint Conference EUROSAI / ARABOSAI was held on the 16 th -18th of April 2013, in Baku, Azerbaijan. In this conference were present 117 participants from 52 different member states of EUROSAI and ARABOSAI. Among them were also Presidents of Supreme Audit Institutions.
The Conference was honored by the presence of Mr. Guilherme d'Olivera Martines, President of EUROSAI-t and President of the Portuguese Court of Auditors, Mr. Ramon Alvarez de Miranda Garcia, Secretary General of INTOSAI and President of the Spanish Court of Auditors, Mr. Antonius Broek, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations, Mr. Osama Faquih, Chairman of ARABOSAI-t, etc.
IV Joint Conference EUROSAI/ARABOSAI, Baku, 16-18 April 2013
In this conference, ALSAI was represented by a delegation headed by Mr. Bujar Leskaj Chairman, Ms. Albana Agolli Chief auditor, and Ms. Dalina Demi Specialist.
The main speakers of the conference were Mr. Guilherme d'Olivera Martines, President of EUROSAI and President of the Portuguese Court of Auditors, Mr. Ramon Alvarez de Miranda Garcia, Secretary General of INTOSAI and President of the Court of Auditors of Spain, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Recai Akyel, President of the Turkish Court of Accounts, Mr. Wojciek Kutyla, Vice President of the Supreme Audit Office of Poland, Ms.Monica Gonzalez-Koss, Director of the Strategic Plan and representative of the General Secretariat of INTOSAI, Austrian Court of Auditors, Mr. Victor Caldeira, President of the European Court of Auditors, etc.
The Responsibility of the Supreme Public Authorities arising from challenges of UN General Assembly Resolution A/66/209, December 22, 2011 was discussed during the presentation of various participants from the SAIs of Portugal, Austria, Sudan, Hungary, Poland and France. They affirmed that this resolution on " Promotion of efficiency, accountability, efficiency and transparency of public administration by strengthening supreme audit institutions", is giving the expected results thanks to the SAIs efforts worldwide to provide their independence. These efforts find the right support in the Lima and Mexico Declarations. The resolution was considered as an important tool to be used by the SAIs. In addition, each local SAI mentioned the measures taken after the adoption of the resolution, to strengthen their independence and the changes made or expected to occur in the implementation of this resolution.
The role of SAIs in achieving national development goals was emphasized by the participants during the presentation of the SAIs of Saudi Arabia, Cameroon, Tunisia, Morocco, Latvia, Germany, Palestine, Russian Federation and Ukraine. The discussions highlighted the importance of the role of SAIs to increase efficiency, accountability, efficiency and transparency in public management, with the aim of achieving the goals and objectives in national development priority directions set by the Millennium Development Goals. In the presentations was noted the fact that the role and achievements of SAI's vary depending on the implementation of targeted aspects of their strategies national development, gender equity, environmental protection, rural development and urban sustainable development of education etc. In addition, representatives made a general description of the specific activities of SAI's with the respective difficulties and best practices, which they refer.
The importance of specifying the boundaries and targets of external and internal public financial control in improving public financial management was a sub-theme treated by the participants of the SAIs of Spain, Qatar, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Egypt. They pointed out the issue of defining the boundaries and objectives of the control system of public finance, improving the effective management of public finances and exchanging views on existing practices in different countries. During the discussions, it was emphasized as an important element of the reforms to ensure efficiency, effectiveness and accountability in public finance practice of external audit on the state budget, according to the principles of the Lima Declaration. Control over public funds should be carried out not only by the management unit (internal audit), but also from another institution that does not participate in the management process (external audit).
The Chairman of ALSAI, Dr. Bujar Leskaj had several meetings during the Conference. He met Assoc. Prof. Dr. Recai Akyel, President of the Turkish Court of Accounts, Mr.Wojciek Kutyla, Vice President of the Supreme Audit Office of Poland, Mr. Naser Ademi, Deputy Auditor General of Macedonia, Mr. Dzevad Nekic, Deputy Auditor General of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr. Radoslav Sretenovie, President of the State Audit Institution in Serbia, Mr. Joop Vrojlic, Sigma Advisor, and various representatives of INTOSAI and EUROSAI.
On the last day of the conference, the participants adopted the Declaration of Baku, which confirms that:
-The Resolution of the United Nations General Assambly A/66/209, dated 22 December 2011, on “Promoting the efficiency, accountability, effectiveness and transparency of public administration by strengthening Supreme audit Institutions”, is a powerful tool to be used in the joint efforts of SAIs to promote good public governance, as well as in strengthening SAIs independence;
-The constant challenges caused by the rapidly changing environment require adequate capacity building within SAIs. Effective communication among SAIs’ regional communities, the sharing of experience of best practices improve capacity building of SAIs;
-The clear determination of the framework of external public financial control provides a sound basis for good governance in developing public financial management.