ALSAI participates in the annual meeting of the INTOSAI Capacity Building Committee

07.09.2018

On September 3-6, 2018, in Kuwait City, was held the Annual Meeting of the INTOSAI Capacity Building Committee. This meeting was organized under the auspices of the INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI) and the Donors Secretariat of this global audit community. On its first day, the conference was held under the motto “Inspiring and Encouraging One Another”. The welcoming speech was delivered by the President of Kuwait SAI and the moderators were represented by the Vice-Chairman of the Swedish SAI and the President of the South African SAI. An impressive conference paper was that of the United Nations representative, Mr. Jens Wandel, on the opportunities of capacity building.

 

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Photo taken during the meeting with the Crown Prince of Kuwait, Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, attended by leaders of several SAIs and donor community representatives: GAO General Auditor, Gene L. Dodaro; President of the National Audit Office of Kuwait, Mr. Adel Al-Sarawi; ALSAI Chairman, Mr. Bujar Leskaj, President of Hungary SAI, Mr.Laszlo Domokos; General Director of the Austrian Court of Auditors, Mrs. Monika Gonzalez-Kross, etc.

The Albanian delegation in this activity was represented by Mr. Bujar Leskaj, Chairman of the ALSAI and Mr. Rinald Muça, Director of the Performance Audit Department and the discussions were oriented towards the topics that reflected the two mottos “People first” and Forward together”.

The participation of the Albanian delegation was the result of the invitation of the Polish SAI (NIK). This invitation came as part of the successful completion of the IPA project and the goal was to share the common experience with the donor community and other SAIs. Along with 4 other groups, the Poland-Albania group presented the background, results, challenges and lessons learned from the 2-year IPA cooperation. The presentation took the form of a fair of ideas, where, in roundtables, attendees walked among the presenters to understand, ask questions and filter out ideas which could be the most effective and efficient way to collaborate with foreign colleagues in capacity building of the respective institutions. In the presentation of Poland-Albania partnership, Mr. Jacek Jezierski, the former-chairman of Polish NIK emphasized the importance of leadership commitment in building a culture of constant change within the institution, while highly praising the role of the Chairman of the ALSAI, Bujar Leskaj, as an uncompromising promoter and supporter of this culture. Mr. Jezierski said: “The ALSAI leadership was clear about what institutional needs were, how to address change and where to extend cooperation with Polish colleagues. Such a vision of leadership is a premise and the cornerstone of capacity building and institutional success in a constantly changing world”.

In his speech, Chairman Leskaj stressed that the role of SAIs around the world is on the rise and small SAIs must make every effort to further enhance this role, learning from the experience of the best. "We live in realities and contextual truths. But in fact, responses to the challenges we face in these realities are global and largely tested by developed countries. One of the best ways to save time, improve our performance and globalize capabilities is cooperation and sharing the experiences”. Further on, the Poland-Albania group was represented by Mr. Rinald Muça, whose conference paper was received with great interest and was quoted as "best practice" by the moderator of the panel, Mr. Magnus Lindell, Vice-Chairman of the Swedish SAI.

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Secondly, in the spirit of close and friendly co-operation with the Kuwait SAI, with which the ALSAI held a joint scientific conference in April 2018, the Albanian delegation was specifically welcomed by the President of the Kuwait National Audit Office, Mr. Adel Al-Sarawi. At this meeting, were discussed the modalities for the next conference between our two institutions, to be held in Albania, in the spring of 2019. The theme of the conference will be "Audit Independence and Good Governance Challenges". The Kuwaiti SAI made a detailed presentation of the Handbook on Good Governance, a manual that it had prepared and promoted in the international community, specifically with the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). On the other hand, the Albanian side made a presentation on the challenges of independence in the audit, both in the external environment, focusing mainly on the financial aspect and the internal environment, largely defined as a challenge to ethics and integrity in audit. This meeting was concluded in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

This visit was seen as a great momentum for the Albanian delegation to meet and strengthened the co-operation lines with a series of other delegations where it is worthwhile to distinguish the meeting with the General Auditor of US GAO. Gene L. Dodaro and his staff. Also, under the auspices of Mr. Al-Sarawi and Mr. Dodaro, a small group of personalities, made up of Presidents and Heads of SAIs present at this visit, were received by the Crown Prince of Kuwait, Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and the Prime Minister, Jaber Al-Mubarak al-Hamad Al-Sabah.