Tatiana Golikova had a meeting with the leaders and representatives of the Supreme Audit Institutions of Hungary, Italy, Cuba, Norway, Slovakia, and the Republic of South Africa
During the XXII INCOSAI in Abu-Dhabi (the United Arab Emirates), the Chairwoman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation Tatiana Golikova have had a bilateral talks with the leaders and representatives of the Supreme Audit Institutions (SAI) of Hungary, Italy, Cuba, Norway, Slovakia, and the RSA.
On the bilateral meeting of the Chairwoman of Accounts Chamber of Russia and the RSA Auditor General Mr Kimi Makwetu the parties expressed mutual readiness for further development of cooperation, including parallel audits, both bilateral and with the participation of others SAIs of member-states of BRICS. One of the themes of such interaction could be the examination of energy sector. “Today, the development of energy, namely atomic and hydrocarbonic ones, seems to be the most promising direction under the given format of interaction”, underlined Tatiana Golikova, offering to take this point into consideration during the development of the framework program for collaboration of the Supreme Audit Institutions of the BRICS states with respect to the INTOSAI activity.
The Russian party also offered to examine the possibility to sign an updated Cooperation Agreement between the Supreme Audit Institutions of Russia and the RSA (2010), which is a subject to planned practical consideration.
Within the framework of the multilateral cooperation development the Chairwoman of Russian Accounts Chamber informed her South African colleagues about the intention to create a special INTOSAI group tasked with matters of informational openness of SAIs and proposed to join this project.
In his turn, the South African Auditor General noted the active collaboration of two institutions in the Working Group on Public Procurement Audit with the Working Group on KNI concerning the audit of government procurement. Also, Kimi Makwetu offered the Russian SAI to join the INTOSAI Committee on SAI potential growth, and specifically, to take part in the group activity of conducting coordinated audits.
During the meeting with the Auditor General of the Italian Accounts Chamber Mr. Claudio Galtieri, the Russian party proposed to add some practical meaning to the bilateral relations between Russian and Italian SAIs. As the first step towards this goal Tatiana Golikova offered her colleague to sign an updated version of the Italian and Russian Cooperation Agreement (2002) in consideration of their future practical interaction.
The two parties also discussed the possibility of mutual work in the framework of the EUROSAI Working Group on the Audit of Funds Allocated to Disasters and Catastrophes, and to conduct a coordinated audit of matters related to earthquake disasters. The Italian party confirmed that the next meeting of the Group will take place in Rome in March 29-31, 2017.
Moreover, the parties came to an agreement about the experience exchange in such spheres as SAI collaboration with judicial authority and fight against corruption.
During the meeting of the delegations of the SAIs if of Russia and Norway the question of forthcoming bilateral audit in the sphere of environmental protection was discussed.
In this regard Tatiana Golikova informed her Norwegian colleagues about the beginning of the priority program “Clean Country” since January, 1, 2017, and also about the fact that the next year is declared the Year of Ecology. “These themes will coincide with our planned audit”, she said.
The parties agreed that the Accounts Chamber of Russia will provide the Norwegian SAI with the results of these activities, conducted to implement this project.
Moreover, the readiness of Russia and Norway to sign an updated version of the Cooperation Agreement (2007) in April 2017 during the official visit of the Norwegian Auditor General P.K. Foss to Moscow was confirmed.
Tatiana Golikova invited the Norwegian Auditor General to participate in the International Economic Forum in Saint-Petersburg in 2017 and offered the Norwegian colleagues to join the INTOSAI Task Force on SAI Information Transparency.
The main topic of the talks between Tatiana Golikova and the Cuban Auditor General Gladys María Bejerano Portela was the question concerning the preparation of two parallel audits in the sphere of civil aviation (in 2017) and in the energy sector (in 2018).
During the meeting the Cuban party received the information about the results of the expert analytical event, conducted by the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation in 2016 as part of preparations for the bilateral audit of matters related to civil aviation.
As a result, the parties agreed to exchange official visits. The Cuban party also accepted Tatiana Golikova’s invitation to join the INTOSAI Task Force on SAI Information Transparency.
During the meeting with the Deputy Chairman of the Slovakian Audit Office Igor Shulay, the parties outlined the major directions of further cooperation – from experience exchange to the conduct of mutual and parallel audits.
Namely, the parties expressed readiness to share the audit information in the energy and health sectors, as well as the materials on the project planning.
It was pointed out, that the parties planned to start cooperation of two SAIs within the frame of the Working Groups on KNI and on Procurement Contract Audit.
Moreover, the Accounts Chamber invited their Slovakian colleagues to take part in the INOSAI Task Force on SAI Information Transparency and expressed readiness to provide the necessary materials.
During the meeting with the representatives of the Hungarian SAI, particular attention was paid to a discussion of the questions concerning the audit of large-scale sport projects. Hungarian supervisors were especially concerned with the methodology of conduct of such control events.
In this regard, the Hungarian party invited the Russian Accounts Chamber to take part in the Seminar, which will take place in Budapest in March 2017, to exchange experiences in the sector of audit of large-scale sport projects.