Delegation of the Accounts Chamber Participates in the 2nd International Seminar on Audit, Control and Inspection
The delegation of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation headed by auditor Tatiana Blinova visited Havana where participated in the 2nd International Seminar on Audit, Control and Inspection, arranged by the General Comptroller's Office of the Republic of Cuba.
The seminar was attended by over 140 people, including SAIs’ representatives of nine countries (Argentina, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, China, Cuba, Mexico, Russia, El Salvador and Ecuador), as well as the heads of most Cuban government institutions of central and regional levels.
The topical issues of state financial control, such as accountability and transparency, participation of civil society and its role in prevention and avoidance of financial misconducts, best practices in carrying out control activities of social and economic programs aimed at achieving the goals of sustainable development, were addressed at the meeting.
At the plenary meeting, Aleksandr Zhdankov, an auditor of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation presented a report on “Experience in the Audit of Implementation of Bilateral International Treaties in the Field of Trade and Economic Cooperation, Including Establishment and Operation of Joint Ventures and Joint Projects Implemented by Russia with other Countries (Mongolia, Vietnam, Tajikistan, Cuba)”.
In the report the principles of joint control activities (by the example of audits of Rusvietpetro (with SAI of Vietnam), Sangtudinskaya Hydroelectric Power Plant-1 (with SAI of Tajikistan), Erdenet Enterprise (with SAI of Mongolia) and simultaneous audits (by the example of Russian-Cuban activities on financing deliveries of Russian construction and agricultural equipment, as well as in the field of civil aviation) conducted by the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation, were considered.
Tatyana Blinova, auditor of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation reported on “The Role of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation in improving the public governance efficiency”.
First of all, an emphasis in the report was made on the peculiarities of the audit for implementation of the government-sponsored programs of the Russian Federation, identification of options to improve the state audit and control over efficient use of funds of the federal budget as the means of improving the efficiency of public management. As integral elements of public management development, anti-corruption measures and regulatory framework improvement methods were considered.
Also, at the seminar, for the purpose of implementation of the provisions contained in the Cooperation Agreement between the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation and the General Comptroller's Office of the Republic of Cuba (2013), on June 2, 2016 the negotiations of the Russian delegation with Cuban SAI management on preparation to conduct Russian-Cuban audits in 2017 and 2018, were held.
In the course of bilateral consultations, the parties exchanged the information on the preparations for the simultaneous audit of the implementation of the projects on deliveries of Russian civil aircraft, accessories and services for the programs of the Cuban civil aviation modernization. As a result, the Parties reached an agreement to share the results of the work done in December 2016 and conduct simultaneous control activity in the field of civil aviation in the second half of 2017.
Discussion of the preparations for the simultaneous control activity in the field of construction of power units at Maximo Gomez and East Havana thermal power plants became a separate item of the agenda. The parties agreed to conduct the simultaneous audit on this subject in the second half of 2018.
At the end of the meeting, the parties confirmed their willingness to cooperate at all levels.