Ensuring accountability of public expenditure is a big challenge for the Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) in the backdrop of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To face the challenges SAIs have to develop institutional, organizational and professional capacity. Professional capacity can be developed through staff training, workshop, seminar, joint audit, sharing knowledge and experience etc. In view of gaining experience through mutual knowledge sharing, Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General (OCAG) of Bangladesh organized a two day seminar on “Role of SAI as an Institution of Accountability” from 26-27 October, 2015 at Dhaka, Bangladesh. A total of 18 delegates including 5 Auditors General from 9 SAIs namely Afghanistan, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Nepal and Sri Lanka participated in the seminar. Comptroller and Auditor General of Bangladesh Mr. Masud Ahmed along with the senior officials of SAI Bangladesh attended the seminar. Mr. Shawkat Ali, MP, Honorable Chairman, Committee on Public Undertakings, Bangladesh National Parliament inaugurated the seminar as the chief guest.
The seminar started with a Theme Paper presentation, on the topic, by SAI Bangladesh followed by Country Paper presentation by each SAI. The Theme Paper was discussed by a group of panel discussants. The participants also made their comments, queries and suggestions on the issue which paved the way of sharing mutual knowledge and experience. Discussion on each Country Paper was held by discussants and also by the participants. Final part of the seminar was the presentation of Moderator’s Report which summarized the key aspects of all presentations and discussions and also highlighted the way forward for addressing the challenges of ensuring accountability of public expenditure entrusted upon the SAIs.