International Journal of Government Auditing – Autumn 2016
The first Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) SAIs Leaders Meeting took place June 24, 2016, in Beijing, China.
Mr. Liu Jiayi, Auditor General of China; Mr. Shashi Kant Sharma, Comptroller and Auditor General of India; Mr. Aroldo Cedraz de Oliveira, President of Brazil’s Court of Accounts; Mr. Thembekile Kimi Makwetu, Auditor General of South Africa; Mrs. Tatyana Manuylova, Auditor of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation; and their delegates were all in attendance.
Participants shared experiences in keeping with the event’s theme, “The Role of Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) in Promoting National Economic and Social Development,” where they learned how national audit can help contribute to combatting corruption, eradicating poverty, protecting the environment, improving governance and livelihood and coping with challenges associated with sustainable development.
At the conclusion of the meeting, the SAIs of the BRICS countries realized the need for strengthened cooperation and adopted the “Outcome Document,” which highlights establishing a mechanism for regular exchange and cooperation, as well as finding ways to further enhance knowledge sharing and transfer.
AUDITOR GENERAL OF CHINA RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS AWARD
On May 25, 2016, the Federal President of the Republic of Austria, Dr. Heinz Fischer, conferred the Grand Decoration of Honor in Gold with Sash for Services to the Republic of Austria award to Mr. Liu Jiayi, acknowledging Mr. Liu’s outstanding contributions in his capacities as the Auditor General of China, Chairman of INTOSAI’s Governing Board and the member and Chair of the United Nations Board of Auditors.
In his speech, Dr. Fischer highlighted some of Mr. Liu’s efforts in promoting cooperation between the Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) of China and Austria; strengthening SAIs’ roles in encouraging national governance; and enhancing INTOSAI through advocating adapting to global trends. Mr. Liu accepted the award with appreciation and emphasized that he would continue to promote INTOSAI’s role in global economic governance and implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, as well as enhance the cooperation between the SAIs of China and Austria.
CHINA-INDIA YOUNG AUDITORS’ FORUM HELD IN CHINA
The 7th China-India Young Auditors’ Forum was held in China May 10-20, 2016, where 20 young auditors (10 from each Supreme Audit Institution (SAI)) participated in lively exchanges based on two themes, “Quality Control in the Process of Auditing,” and “Data Analytics.”
The forum, initiated from a proposal put forth by the Auditors General of China and India in 2010, has thrived since its inception, and Mr. Liu Jiayi, Auditor General of China, praised the vigor this mechanism instills into capacity building of young auditors and SAI development.
Ms. Qin Boyong, Deputy Auditor General, also attended the forum, as did Mr. Kamaljit Singh Ramuwalia, Senior Deputy Accountant General and head of the Indian delegation, who extended his gratitude to Liu Jiayi and the China National Audit Office (CNAO) for the continued opportunities for knowledge transfer, hospitality, cultural immersion and the CNAO’s overarching development and achievements.