The Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions (PASAI) held a 2 day workshop for Members of Parliament at the Media Building, Tuanaimato Sports Complex from the 19th – 20th January 2017.
The workshop is part of PASAI’s attempt in achieving one of its objectives in its Strategic Plan 2014-2024 to develop strong partnerships with regional organisations with an interest in enhanced accountability and transparency.
The workshop was guided by the following PASAI Output plans:
• PASAI and SAI (Supreme Audit Institutions) support initiatives led by others to strengthen PACs, public agencies and improve the understanding of accountability and transparency on the part of the general public;
• SAI advocate to their governments to adopt good practice public financial management systems with support from PASAI; and
• PASAI to work with other regional bodies and development partners to promote the effective scrutiny of audited financial statements, particularly Whole of Government (WOG)/ Financial Statement of Government (FSG) within their legislative council.
Members of Parliament were introduced to the role of the Samoa Audit Office. Furthermore, together with representatives of the PASAI engaged in prolific discussions on the role of Parliamentary Committees and strengthening accountability and transparency through the effective scrutiny of Reports from Government Ministries, Constitutional and Parliamentary Offices and Whole of Government Public Accounts.
Day 1 of the workshop introduced functions and roles of PASAI in the region to Members of Parliament as well as discussed ways for the Finance and Expenditure Committee to identify Annual Budgets and Estimates of revenues and expenditures.
Day 2 focused in helping Members aware of the current accountability and transparency rates in the region and where Samoa stands. This led to a discussion on how Samoa can be more financially transparent.
Presenters for the workshop were PASAI representatives:
Fuimaono Camillo Afele, Controller and Auditor General of Samoa, newly appointed PASAI representative on the INCOSAI Governing Board of the International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSA);
Eroni Vatuloka, Former Executive Directors of the PASAI Secretariat; and
Aolele Su’a Aloese, Director of Advocacy, Engagement and Financing.