The Comptroller and Auditor General of Bangladesh (CAG) Ahmed Ataul Hakeem, FCMA made a presentation on agenda item 6: Central elements of and prerequisites for independent SAIs in the light of the Lima Declaration of Guidelines on Auditing Precepts and the Mexico Declaration on SAI Independence, at the Conference on Strengthening External Public Auditing in INTOSAI Regions held in Vienna, Austria. The conference was hosted by the INTOSAI General Secretariat at the premises of the Austrian Parliament during 26-27 May, 2010.
This conference was developed based on the conviction that INTOSAI should make every effort to strengthen the independence and capacities of its member SAIs. The conference focused on the needs and requirements of INTOSAIís seven regional working groups. It discussed different approaches to transmitting the values and benefits of independent SAIs in INTOSAI regions along with the resulting requirements and needs for capacity building.
As part of the conference, CAG Bangladesh made a presentation on agenda item 6. The presentation highlighted on the relevant sections/principles on SAI independence under the Lima Declaration [ISSAI (International Standards of Supreme Audit Institutions)-1] (1977) and the Mexico Declaration of SAI independence (ISSAI-10) (2007). This also covered the challenges and responsibilities of SAIs. The concluding remarks stressed that SAIs can perform their tasks objectively and effectively only if constitutions endow them with the required organizational and operational independence requiring constant struggle and support from the government itself. A permanent structure and mandate for continuous updating and improvement of the ISSAIs was highlighted following approval by the XX INCOSAI. Finally, it was emphasized that independence should not be viewed separately from other SAI values, such as transparency, accountability, ethics and quality.