Vietnam attends ASEANSAI fourth congress

NDO/ VNA – Vietnamese State Auditor General Ho Duc Phoc attended the fourth Congress of the ASEAN Supreme Audit Institutions (ASEANSAI) that opened in Vientiane, Laos, on November 6.

Opening the event, Viengthong Siphandone, ASEANSAI Vice President and President of the Audit Office Organisation of Laos said that since ASEANSAI was first established on November 16, 2011, the organization has focused on improving the capacity of its member institutions, thus contributing to building states of the rule of law.

Furthermore, ASEANSAI has concentrated on fostering intra-bloc solidarity, in addition to their cooperation with outsiders in order to raise its role in the region and the world, while completing its organisation to meet the requirements of ASEAN development in the future, as well as the growth of the audit sector of member countries.

Lao Deputy Prime Minister Sonesay Siphandone said that the congress is a chance for leaders of the audit sector of the ASEAN countries to discuss their plans of action, contributing to completing the ASEAN Community Vision effectively across various fields, such as the building of states of the rule of law, preventing and fighting corruption and encouraging investment.

Participants at the event reviewed the performance of the ASEANSAI Committees in the 2016-2017 period, defined targets for the upcoming tenure, shared experience and expertise, as well as identifying the joint goals of the countries to ensure the sustainable growth of each state and the whole community.

They re-elected Laos’ Audit Office Organisation as the President of the ASEANSAI in the 2018-2019 tenure. The State Audit of Vietnam was elected as the Chair of the ASEANSAI Strategic Plan Committee for the 2018-2019 period. Indonesia will continue taking the charge of ASEANSAI Secretary General.

They also passed the action programmes of the ASEANSAI committees for the 2018-2019 period.

Speaking with a Vietnam News Agency correspondent in Laos, Vietnamese State Auditor General Ho Duc Phoc highlighted ASEANSAI’s contributions to improving the capacity of member SAIs through diverse conferences, seminars and training courses for sharing experience, documents and infrastructure in new audit areas, such as the environment, information technology and operations.

Phoc said that as one of the four founders of the ASEANSAI and Chair of the Strategic Plan Committee, Vietnam’s State Audit has demonstrated strong performance and has contributed to strengthening the relationship among member countries, as well as among the countries implementing the ASEANSAI targets.

Vietnam has actively engaged in supporting other members in personnel training, while sharing experience in areas of its strength.

Phoc also affirmed the Vietnam State Audit’s commitments in working closely with the ASEANSAI committees and members and getting involved in all of the ASEANSAI activities.