International Journal of Auditing – Autumn 2017
The French Supreme Audit Institution (SAI), in its role as General Secretary of the Organization of French-speaking Supreme Audit Institutions (AISCCUF), organized its annual professional seminar in Dakar, Senegal, June 28-29, 2017.
This two-day event was dedicated to the new International Standards for Supreme Audit Institutions (ISSAIs) adopted at last year's International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) Congress-a theme that had not yet been discussed on the international stage.
Ten heads of SAIs, along with numerous representatives from nearly 20 nations, attended the seminar that allowed auditors from Europe, Francophone Africa and Haiti to exchange views on the added-value of international professional standards and challenges (and opportunities) arising from internal regulations. ISSAIs contribute to institutional capacities and staff competencies, thus enhancing SAIs' reputations and credibility, particularly in the face of audited administrations and stakeholders.
Among the 25 standards and guidelines recently adopted, presentations focused on a few that primarily tackle the SAI's organization and core business, such as:
Participants were also able to test their knowledge in a fun and engaging way through a quiz (developed by SAI France) that posed some rather difficult questions. Rest assured, members responded brilliantly and enjoyed the camaraderie.
ISSAI implementation is essential, and all attendees were encouraged to apply what they've learned upon returning to their SAIs. Mr. Saidou Sidibe, AISCCUF President and head of the SAI of Niger, reminded colleagues, especially senior SAI management, that constant mobilization, raising awareness and training efforts are required to successfully implement the standards.
Learn more by visiting AISCCCUF's new and improved website (with enriched content and eye-catching graphics) at www.aisccuf.org.