International Journal of Government Auditing–January 2013
2012 OLACEFS General Assembly Held in Brazil
The Organization of Latin American and Caribbean Supreme Audit Entities (OLACEFS) held its in 22nd General Assembly in Gramado, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, November 5–10, 2012. The assembly was hosted by the Brazilian Court of Audit (TCU) with attendees from Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Guests and observers included representatives from the SAIs of Portugal and Spain, the INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI), the Inter- American Development Bank (IADB), the European Court of Auditors (ECA), the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, local auditors from Brazil, and this Journal.
The meeting was officially opened with a speech by Brazil's Vice President, Michel Temer, who welcomed the delegates and spoke of the key role SAIs have in promoting accountability in the region. The Brazilian Court of Audit's President, Benjamin Zymler, also spoke, thanking the delegates for joining TCU in celebrating its 122nd anniversary, making it Brazil's second oldest public agency. Carlos Pólit Faggioni, Comptroller General of Ecuador, the current OLACEFS president who presided over the meetings, emphasized the importance of SAIs in promoting a culture of transparency in OLACEFS member nations.
The assembly featured presentations on the following topics:
Throughout the conference proceedings, the Brazilian Court of Audit and its staff treated participants with generous hospitality. Highlights were visits to nearby communities where participants enjoyed song and dance presentations by local heritage groups, a commemorative dinner at a local park with a gaucho theme related to regional history, several Christmas-themed performances in the evenings that are a "signature" of Gramado, and the opening dinner and closing lunch at the conference site.
The General Assembly elected the Brazilian Court of Audit to preside over OLACEFS from 2013–2015 and Minister Augusto Nardes, the Vice President of the TCU, to take office as president on January 2, 2013. The next General Assembly is scheduled to be held in Chile.
Information and papers from the assembly will be available at the OLACEFS website: http://www.olacefs.com.