By Julia Bastian
The African Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (AFROSAI) will hold its flagship event, the General Assembly of all African Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs), in October this year. The triennial General Assembly is the superior decision-making body of the SAI network and is a unique opportunity for the exchange of experiences among African SAIs. Furthermore, it provides a moment for reflection on the progress AFROSAI has made over the last three years and allows to discuss future steps that need to be taken. The General Secretariat as the operative organ of AFROSAI in cooperation with the Presidency, the technical commissions, and the linguistic subgroups of AFROSAI are busy preparing the meeting with support from the GIZ Good Financial Governance in Africa programme.
The 2017 General Assembly is the first one since the adoption of the AFROSAI Strategic Plan 2015 – 2020 and is therefore a valuable opportunity to look how far the network has come with the implementation of the Strategic Plan. To prepare this meeting the taskforce for the Strategic Priority No. 3 (AFROSAI – Model Organisation) met in Cairo, Egypt, from 18 to 20 July to undertake a mid-term review of the Strategic Plan and define the priorities for 2018 – 2020. Under the auspices of the AFROSAI Presidency, currently held by SAI Egypt, the Capacity Building Committee, chaired by Senegal, the Knowledge Sharing Committee, overseen by Kenya, the linguistic subgroups AFROSAI-E and CREFIAF and the General Secretariat hosted by Cameroon, reviewed the action plans for each of the three strategic priorities of AFROSAI. The taskforce identified key building blocks for the achievement of the goals set out in the Strategic Plan: internal communication among the organs of the network and towards AFROSAI members, stronger monitoring of the implementation of activities, and the improvement of the financial situation of AFROSAI. The taskforce also reviewed the alignment of AFROSAI’s Strategic Plan with the INTOSAI Strategic Plan adopted in Abu Dhabi in December 2016. It was agreed that the current plan already provides for AFROSAI to address emerging issues such as the professionalisation of auditors, SAIs’ role vis-à-vis the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs), but that the linkages need to be highlighted more clearly in the strategic document.
Lastly, the mid-term review meeting provided opportunity for participants to look at the structure and outline of the General Assembly and further action required to improve the financial sustainability of AFROSAI as a network. It was decided that the General Secretariat should develop a financial sustainability strategy. This process is currently underway, with the Directorate for Administration and Finances and representatives of the Directorate for Strategic Planning of the AFROSAI General Secretariat conducting a two-day workshop from 24 to 25 August to discuss different options to be presented to the General Assembly in October.
More information on the outcome of the General Assembly will follow.
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