The Controller and Auditor-General of Samoa Mr. Fuimaono Papalii Camillo Afele is hosting the Pacific regional programme on public procurement.
It is part of an international capacity building programme developed and delivered jointly by INTOSAI Development Initiative (I.D.I.) and the Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions (P.A.S.A.I.).
Twenty-two auditors from Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, State of Pohnpei FSM, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Tuvalu are participating in this week-long review meeting which commenced yesterday and will end on Tuesday 20, December 2016.
The keynote speaker, Salā Fata Pinati (Minister for Audit Office) formally opened this regional meeting by highlighting the important role that Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) play in ensuring accountable and transparent government procurement practices.
Mr Fuimaono Papalii C.G. Afele, Controller and Auditor General of Samoa further commented, “This regional programme is the first being delivered in the global INTOSAI region and I am pleased to host it because the subject matter of public procurement is a significant matter which affects all areas of public service delivery which my office is mandated to do.”
The programme aims to use the cooperative audit guidance developed by INTOSAI’s Capacity Building Committee with the main objective to support SAIs in moving towards International Standards of Supreme Audit Institutions (ISSAIs) in the conduct of compliance audits.
The programme which is part of the global ISSAI implementation initiative or 3i programme spans a period of two years and provides blended support solutions by supporting participants in sustainably enhancing their professional and organisational capacity.
The Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions (PASAI) is the overarching regional working group of Supreme Audit Institutions in the Pacific region. We have 26 members that we work with to promote transparent and efficient use of public sector resources with the aim to make a difference to the lives of our citizens. PASAI is a working group of the International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) which operates as an umbrella organisation for the external government audit community and has a worldwide global affiliation with SAIs around the world.
PASAI acknowledged the financial support of the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and the collaborative ongoing joint regional partnership with INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI).