News in Brief

International Journal of Government Auditing – Autumn 2017

Myanmar

SAI MYANMAR HOSTS SEVERAL WORKSHOPS, MEETINGS

Train-the-Trainer on Applying ISSAIs Workshop
Photo: Attendees at ISSAI 'Train-the-Trainer' session.

The Office of the Auditor General of Union-Myanmar (OAGM) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) hosted a joint train-thetrainer workshop on applying International Standards of Supreme Audit Institutions (ISSAI) in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, May 8-12, 2017. The workshop, designed to share knowledge and experience with ISSAI-based financial audit manuals and guidelines, included several auditors from OAGM's headquarters, regional and state audit offices, as well as ADB experts and delegates from the Office of the Auditor General of Norway (OAGN).

During the workshop, ADB staff discussed several aspects of ISSAI-based financial audit materials, including ethics, internal control systems, materiality levels, risk assessment and scope, substantive procedures in practices, communication channels with audited organizations, and audit report and follow-up systems.

Meeting with IDI, ASOSAI to Enhance E-Learning Capacity
Photo: Attendees of IDI, ASOSAI E-Learning session.

The Office of the Auditor General of Union-Myanmar (OAGM), along with INTOSAI's Development Initiative (IDI), hosted an Instructor Design Meeting specifically for the Blended Learning Specialist Workshop at the Thingaha Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, May 22-June 2, 2017. Attendees included IDI staff, the Capacity Development Administrator of the Asian Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (ASOSAI), along with instructors from the Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) of Indonesia, Philippines, and Pakistan.

The meeting's objective was to formulate necessary course materials for the Blended Learning Specialist Workshop-a new IDI-ASOSAI initiative to enhance e-Learning capacity by creating a pool of resource persons with proven training skills who will support future ASOSAI capacity development programs. The engagement also allowed SAI Myanmar to further strengthen working relationships with ASOSAI and IDI.

Report on Observance of Standards and Codes—Accounting and Auditing Dissemination Workshop
Photo: Participants in Standards and Codes workshop.

The Office of the Auditor General of Union-Myanmar (OAGM), together with the Myanmar Accountancy Council, Myanmar Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the World Bank, held a "Report on Observance of Standards and Codes (ROSC)-Accounting and Auditing Dissemination" workshop at the Park Royal Hotel, Yangon, Myanmar, June 16, 2017.

During the workshop, OAGM and World Bank authorities briefed key decision makers and business leaders on ROSC findings and policy recommendations and offered stakeholders the opportunity to inquire as to the proposed next steps toward implementing the policy recommendations.

There were also panel discussions on such topics as "Towards a Stronger Accounting Profession," "Accounting Education- The Catalyst to High Quality Accountants," and "Enhancing the Quality of Corporate Financial Reporting and Auditing," where national and international experts shared personal perspectives and experiences with attendees.