Outcome of the 75th meeting of the INTOSAI Governing Board, chaired by the Accounts Chamber of Russia

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November 29, 2021
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Alexei Kudrin, Head of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation, as Chairman of INTOSAI, chaired the 75th meeting of the organisation’s Governing Board. As last year, the event took place via video conference and was attended by all 20 members of the Governing Board.

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Opening the session, Kudrin praised INTOSAI’s work in the difficult context of the pandemic.

“INTOSAI has successfully adapted to the new reality. The pandemic has spurred the SAIs to streamline their work, innovate and rethink the place and role of auditing in today's environment," he stated. “The SAIs have made significant progress in taking a strategic approach to audit, including the implementation of national development programmes and the SDGs. Introducing digital audit practices and increasing the openness and transparency of their work”.

The Head of the Accounts Chamber also briefed the Board meeting on the key outcomes of the projects implemented by the Russian SAI as part of its INTOSAI chairmanship. He said the Accounts Chamber of Russia was committed to enabling the progressive and forward-looking development of the organisation as a whole and of each SAI individually.

“The top priorities of our chairmanship include facilitating an open exchange of knowledge and experience, promoting and developing a strategic approach to auditing, developing approaches to auditing the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, and encouraging openness and inclusiveness of the SAIs and public administration," Kudrin underlined. “It is precisely to ensure openness and accessibility of knowledge and to enhance the professional capacity of auditors that the INTOSAI Digital University (U-INTOSAI) was launched and the First INTOSAI International Scientific and Practical Online Conference was held under the auspices of the INTOSAI Chairman,” Kudrin said.

The following is a summary of the key points discussed at the Governing Board meeting.

Health system audit

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of greater cooperation in health systems auditing. As Chair of the Supervisory Committee on Emerging Issues, the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation has prepared and forwarded to the Committee members proposals for the establishment of an INTOSAI Task Force on Health and Social Care Audit. The taskforce's possible areas of focus include sharing its experiences and the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for public health, and addressing the challenges of enhancing the resilience of the social care systems.

Russian as the official working language of INTOSAI

The Governing Board members endorsed the proposal to task the INTOSAI General Secretariat to calculate the possible costs of making a foreign language an official working language of INTOSAI by the next meeting.

Second INTOSAI Scientific and Practical Conference

The participants supported the idea of holding a second scientific and practical conference in March next year under the auspices of the INTOSAI Chair. This time, the focus will be on online education and the green economy.

Next INTOSAI Congress

When discussing the prospect of holding the XXIV Congress in the traditional format in Brazil, the meeting agreed to monitor developments in the pandemic situation. If a face-to-face Congress cannot be held in 2022, it is proposed to hold a virtual Congress chaired by Brazil in 2022 with decisions on the key issues of current activities, to be followed by a face-to-face Congress in 2023.

Miscellaneous

  • an initiative has been approved to set up an ad hoc group within PFAC to update the communication strategy of INTOSAI;
  • the nomination of Egypt's SAI to host the XXV INTOSAI Congress in 2025 has been supported;
  • Uzbekistan’s Accounts Chamber has become a full member of INTOSAI, and the SAI of the Northern Mariana Islands has joined the organisation as an affiliate member;
  • the concept of the new INTOSAI Strategic Plan for 2023—2028 has been presented.

For more details on the activities of the Accounts Chamber as Chair of INTOSAI, please visit the dedicated website

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