The Commission on Audit (COA), the Supreme Audit Institution (SAI) of the Philippines, was elected as one of the Governing Board (GB) members of the Asian Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (ASOSAI) for the period 2021-2024 during the 15th ASOSAI General Assembly held virtually on 7 September 2021. The event was hosted by the State Audit Office of the Kingdom of Thailand as the new Chair of ASOSAI for 2021-2024.
Commissioner Roland C. Pondoc led the Philippine delegation to the recently concluded event. He was accompanied by officials from the Professional and Institutional Development Sector.
Joining the ex-officio members from the SAIs of China, India, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam, the Assembly elected the seven new GB members—the SAIs of Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. The Assembly also elected the Audit Committee which is now comprised of the SAIs of Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.
“We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to our peers in the international audit community for their recognition of COA’s commitment to audit excellence and to the integrity and professionalism of our auditors. Rest assured that the Commission will continue to uphold audit independence and promote knowledge sharing among SAIs,” said COA Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo.
As part of the newly elected GB, the Philippine delegation also attended the 57th GB Meeting which convened on 8 September 2021. Assuming its new position, COA intends to have a more active role in the pursuit of the mandate and objectives of the ASOSAI and help provide strong governance and solid leadership as sharpened by the experience and expertise as external auditor of the United Nations, its entities and other international organizations.
During the General Assembly, the ASOSAI Chairmanship was handed over from Mr. Tran Sy Thanh, Auditor General of the State Audit Office of Vietnam, to General Chanathap Indamra, President of the State Audit Commission of Thailand.
Moreover, the appointment of SAI India as the next Chair of ASOSAI for the period 2024-2027 and the host of the 16th ASOSAI Assembly in 2024, as well as the renewal of the terms for SAI China as the Secretary General, SAI Japan as the Capacity Development Administrator, and SAI India as the Editor of the Journal, were approved. Reporting of accomplishments of the committees, presentation of the draft Strategic Plan for 2022-2027, approval of the establishment of the Working Groups on Auditing the Sustainable Development Goals and Crisis Management, and adoption of the Bangkok Declaration, were also among the matters discussed. # (Contributed by the Professional Development Office; edited by the Public Information Office)