It was attended by all development partner, stakeholders and members from 25 countries including American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, the Federal States of Micronesia (FSM), Fiji, Tahiti, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia , New Zealand, Palau, Samoa, Vanuatu and including Tonga.
The Auditor General of the Republic of Kiribati, Mr. Raimoni Taake welcomes Tonga's Auditor General, Mr Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa as incoming Chair of the 14th Congress. The last PASAI Congress was held in Tarawa, Kiribati last July 2010.
The meeting discussed the progress of PRAI and its activities including its adoption of the Johannesburg Accords and other working strategies of the PRAI 2011/12 program. The Board also prioritized PASAI activities in view of current status of project funds where stakeholders from development partners conducted presentations.
Tonga's Acting Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Lord Tu'i'afitu keynotes the opening with special remarks from PASAI Secretary General, Mrs Lyn Provost and other leading Governing Board members.
During the week, the congress reviewed topics on leading organizational changes for Attorney Generals and examining strategies and tools to address such issues.
The primary mandate and objective of the PASAI is to promote transparent, accountable, effective, and efficient use of public sector resources in the Pacific. It contributes to that goal by helping its member SAIs improve the quality of public sector auditing in the Pacific to uniformly high standards.
The Congress is one way of bringing together stakeholders and members to strengthen their understanding, co-operation, and co-ordination between its members; advocate the interests of good governance, including transparency, accountability, and the need for strong and independent SAIs, to governments and others in the Pacific region;
It also aims at building and sustaining public auditing capacity across the Pacific by sharing knowledge with, and providing support to, its members;
First established in 1987, the Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions (PASAI) is the official association of supreme audit institutions (government Audit Offices and similar organisations, known as SAIs) in the Pacific region. PASAI is one of the regional working groups belonging to the International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI).
The INTOSAI Governing Board is made up of seven Regional Working Group of which PASAI is a part of. Other similar regional organizations are AFROSAI (Africa), ARABOSAI (Arab), ASOSAI (Asian), CAROSAI (Caribbean) and the EUROSAI (European counterparts).
by the: Ministry
of Information and Communications, Nuku'alofa, 2011