From the International Desk
The International role of the Supreme Audit Institution of India extends to following areas:
- Association with INTOSAI
- Association with ASOSAI
- Participation in Global Audit Leadership Forum(GALF) & other international multilateral bodies
- Bilateral relations with other SAIs
- Audits of International Organizations
The CAG of India occupies several important positions in INTOSAI and ASOSAI. The prominent ones among these are Chair of INTOSAI Committee on Knowledge Sharing and Knowledge Services (KSC), Chair of the INTOSAI Working Group on IT Audit (WGITA) and member of ASOSAI Governing Board. A Forum for INTOSAI’s Professional Pronouncements (FIPP) has been established by the INTOSAI Goal Chairs (i.e. PSC, CBC and KSC). The FIPP is chaired by Ms. K. Ganga, DAI (CRA) which has 15 other members from various SAIs. The SAI-India has also taken over the responsibility of Chairmanship of the INTOSAI Compliance Audit Subcommittee (CAS) from SAI-Norway at the XXII INCOSAI held in December 2016 at Abu Dhabi, UAE.
CAG is a member of the UN Board of Auditors (Board) for the period July 2014 to June 2020. UK, Germany and Tanzania are the other members of the Board. As per the work allocation among the three members of the Board, SAI India is the lead auditor for audit of UN Secretariat [Volume I] and also audits
- UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund)
- UNOPS (United Nations Office for Project Services)
- UNJSPF (United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund)
- UNCC (United Nations Compensation Commission)
- Escrow Account
- UNFIP (United Nations Fund for International Partnerships (UNFIP)
- ITC (International Trade Centre), and
- 6 UNPKO Missions
With the completion of audit cycle of 2015-16, CAG completed his term as external auditor of World Food Programme (WFP), International Organization for Migration (IOM) and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Handing over formalities of WFP to SAI France, IOM to SAI Ghana and IAEA to SAI Indonesia have been completed.
UN ECOSOC‘s High Level Political Forum (HLPF) and 13th Meeting of Finance and Administrative Committee., Washington D.C. 20-22 July 2016
Comptroller And Auditor General India led the delegation consisting of Director General (Internal Relations), Director of External Audit, UN Board of Auditors and Secretary to CAG. The meeting was also attended by Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations, Permanent Representative to United Nations of Austria and United Arab Emirates. CAG spoke on the theme “The Contribution of Supreme Audit Institutions to ensuring that no one is left behind in the implementation of SDGs” highlighting the unique position of SAI India in contributing towards the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals from three perspective
- (i) As national Auditor of India
- (ii) Chair of Knowledge Sharing Committee of INTOSAI and
- (iii) member of UN Board of Auditors and various initiatives taken by him under each of these roles.
The 13th FAC meeting in addition to the regular activities, held discussions on the revised INTOSAI Statutes, creation of new working group on Big Data. Further, substantial discussions were also held on the Key Performance Indicators under the new Strategic Plan (2017-22)
3rd meeting of the INTOSAI Forum for INTOSAI Professional Pronouncements (FIPP) New Delhi-India 26-30 September 2016
Third meeting of FIPP was held at New Delhi, India from 26 to 30 September 2016. It was attended by 16 delegates. FIPP finalised Strategic Development Plan, including classification principles and key projects to be packaged with IFPP for approval by Governing Board and INTOSAI Framework of Professional Pronouncements for approval by the INCOSAI (through PSC).
The meeting was chaired by Ms. K. Ganga, FIPP Chair and Dy. CAG. The next meeting of the Common Forum would be held at Luxembourg in February 2017.
8th INTOSAI Steering Committee meeting of the Knowledge Sharing Committee (KSC) Mexico City, Mexico 7-9 September 2016
The 8th INTOSAI Steering Committee meeting of the Knowledge Sharing Committee (KSC) was held in Mexico City from 7 to 9 September 2016. The meeting was chaired by Shri H. Pradeep Rao on behalf of CAG, KSC Chair. In addition to approval of KSC work Plan 2017-22, six ISSAIs/INTOSAI GOV and other documents for endorsement of XXII INCOSAI were also approved in the meeting. It was also decided to create a new Working Group on Big Data, to be chaired by CNAO China under KSC. SAI-Indonesia will host the next KSC-Steering Committee meeting at Bali, Indonesia in 2017.
Annual meeting of the INTOSAI Capacity Building Committee and 9th INTOSAI Donor Steering Committee, Cape Town, South Africa 3-6 October 2016
An annual meeting of the INTOSAI Capacity Building Committee and a meeting of the INTOSAI Donor Steering Committee was held at Cape Town, South Africa from 3 to 6 October, 2016. CAG led the Indian delegation. Discussions were held on the themes - “Maximising SAI cooperation in support of capacity” and “Maximising the benefits of the SAI PMF in support of SAI capacity development”.In addition, a meeting of the INTOSAI Goal Chairs was also held on the sidelines.
17th INTOSAI Working Group on Environmental Auditing (WGEA) Assembly meeting Jakarta, Indonesia 24 -27 October 2016
The 17th INTOSAI Working Group on Environmental Auditing (WGEA) Assembly meeting was held at Jakarta, Indonesia from 24 - 27 October 2016. SAI India was represented by DG, iCED.
This meeting was attended by 115 participants representing SAIs of 48 countries, European Court of Auditors (ECA), INTOSAI Working Group on Extractive Industries (WGEI), Australian National University (ANU), Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), UN Department of Economic and Social affairs (UN DESA), UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UN FCCC).
The agenda for the meeting among other things included approval of INTOSAI WGEA Work Plan 2017-2019 and discussions/presentations on 8 themes.
XXII INCOSAI Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 5-11 December 2016
The Comptroller and Auditor General of India led SAI-India delegation to the XXII INCOSAI-2016 which was held at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from 5 to 11 December, 2016.
The Comptroller and Auditor General of India as Chair of the Knowledge Sharing and Knowledge Services (KSC) - Goal 3 presented the activity report of KSC for the year 2014-16 and the Work Plan 2017-2019 which is aligned with Strategic Plan 2017-2022. The Congress also adopted six ISSAI/INTOSAI GOVs developed by various working groups/task force under KSC. The Congress also approved formation of the new Working Group on Big Data and transformation of Task Force on Procurement Audit to Working Group on Procurement Audit.
In line with the revised INTOSAI Statues, CAG as Chair of KSC Goal-3 was also made member of INTOSAI Governing Board.
6th Seminar on Environmental Auditing and 5th Working Meeting of ASOSAI WGEAiCED Jaipur 17-19 September 2016.
The Seminar on Environmental Auditing and Working Meeting of ASOSAI Working
Group on Environmental Auditing (WGEA) is held once in two years to share knowledge and experiences on environmental auditing by Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) of ASOSAI.The Comptroller & Auditor General of India hosted the 6th Seminar on Environmental Auditing and 5th Working Meeting of ASOSAI Working Group on Environmental Audit from 17 to 19 October, 2016 at International Centre for Environmental Auditing and Sustainable Development (iCED), Jaipur.
Forty Nine delegates from ASOSAI member SAIs, representative from AFROSAI and from Department of Economic and Social Affairs United Nations (UNDESA) participated in the seminar.Themes for the Seminar were
- (i) Audit on the implementation of environmental policy and
- (ii) SAI’s role in promoting national sustainable development.
Bilateral and Multilateral Relations
16th Indo-Polish Seminar Warsaw, Poland 8-12 October 2016.
16th Indo-Polish Seminar on “State Budget Execution Audit – methodology of the audit, analysis of the monetary guidelines and the approval for the government” was held at Warsaw, Poland from 8-12 October 2016. The seminar was attended by a three member Indian delegation headed by Dr. P. Mukherjee, Deputy Comptroller & Auditor General.
23rd Indo-China Seminar New Delhi, 14-15 October 2016
The 23rd Indo-China seminar on “Environment Auditing” was held at New Delhi from October 14-15, 2016. The seminar was attended by four delegates from National Audit Office of People’s Republic of China (CNAO), headed by Ms. Qin Boyong, Deputy Auditor General. The other participants from CNAO were Mr. LIU Feng, Director General, Ms. ZHOU Wenhua, Dy. Director General and Mr. ZHOU Xun, Director. The Indian delegation was headed by Mr. Rakesh Jain, Dy. Comptroller and Auditor General.
The two sides discussed various aspects of Environment Auditing and shared experience in this respect.
8th Joint Indo-Kuwait Seminar Kuwait 7–10 November 2016.
The 8th Indo-Kuwait Seminar on “Role of Supreme Audit Institutions in Good Governance” was held at Kuwait from November 7-10, 2016. The seminar was attended by a three member Indian delegation headed Shri Ashwini Attri, Additional Dy. Comptroller and Auditor General.
UN Board of Auditors and UN Panel of External Auditors Meetings, New York USA 26 July 2016 and 16-22 November 2016.
The Comptroller & Auditor General of India attended the 70th Regular Session (2016) of the UN Board of Auditors held on 26 July 2016.
During the period from 16 to 22 November 2016, C&AG of India along with his delegation also attended Technical Group meeting, Panel of External Auditors session and UN Board of Auditors meeting at New York, USA. India,as Chair of the Working Group,made a presentation on ‘New Reporting Requirements’ in these meetings.
The Comptroller & Auditor General of India will be the Chairman UN Board of Auditors with effect from 1 January 2017.