RAA attends Global Conference on Peer Reviews

The Auditor General of Bhutan, Dasho Tshering Kezang led a two-member delegation to attend the Global Conference on Peer Reviews under the headline “Motivating and equipping The Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) to carry out peer reviews” organized by SAI Slovakia the INTOSAI Sub-Committee on Peer Reviews in Bratislava, Slovakia.

The conference aimed to highlight peer review as a method to apply various INTOSAI assessment tools, support global application of peer review as a method using various individual assessment tools, present testimonials and lessons learned on peer review tools, strengthen the comprehensive global knowledge about the individual tools advantages, and inspire capacity development, learning and cooperation within the INTOSAI community. The Peer Review Conference is a significant event for the global audit community and had three individual themes on (i) SAIs leading by example through carrying out peer reviews; (ii) Peer review tools to improve the SAIs performance; and (iii) Good practices in a peer review.

The RAA as SAI, Bhutan was invited to the conference as RAA has a lot to offer in this field having subjected itself to numerous peer reviews as well as SAI PMF assessment. The Auditor General of Bhutan made a presentation on the topic ‘Peer review from reviewed institution’s point of view – experience to be shared, lessons learned’ and also shared the experiences of RAA. The RAA was peer reviewed in 2004 & 2010 by the Comptroller & Auditor General of India and a SAI Performance Measurement Framework (PMF) assessment was conducted on RAA’s request in 2015 by the Office of the Auditor General of Norway. In 2016, a joint team of auditors from Board of Audit of Japan & Austrian Court of Audit conducted another Peer Review.

Peer review is the evaluation of a SAI’s performance by a peer SAI, and conducted in order to maintain or enhance the quality of the work or performance. It measures or assesses a SAIs performance to  essentially demonstrate the true value and benefits of SAIs to the society.

A total of 116 participants from 42 countries and 6 organisations attended the Peer Review Conference held from 20 – 22 June 2018.

The presentation and contribution, agenda items, participants list and information about the conference can be found on the webpage  https://www.nku.gov.sk/web/sao/peer-review-conference-2018

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