INTOSAI celebrated the 40th anniversary of the adoption of the Lima Declaration at a festive conference on 5th December 2017. The following day the delegations attended the opening ceremony of the 7th International Anticorruption Conference organised by the SAI of Peru and listened to the keynote speeches.
The Lima Declaration of Guidelines on Auditing Precepts was adopted at the IX INCOSAI held in 1977. The document covers all goals and issues relating to government auditing and defines the responsibilities of SAIs and auditors in a concise way and is considered as the fundamental document of the audit of public organisations. The Lima Declaration, standing on top of the professional rules of auditing, referred to as ISSAIs, has remained relevant over the 40 years of existence and the values contained therein have maintained their topicality.
During the high-level conference held on 5th December 2017 on the commemoration of the Lima Declaration, the presentations by SAIs and other organisations playing a strategic role in INTOSAI were grouped around four main topics. The speakers covered the results of peer reviews on SAIs independence, the relationship between the INTOSAI strategic goals and the Lima Declaration, the challenges towards the future regarding SAIs independence and the implications on global sustainability.
The festive event continued on 6th December 2017 with the opening ceremony of the 7th International Anticorruption Conference organised by the SAI of Peru. In his keynote speech “Audit approach oriented at the improvement of public services and activities” Mr. Nelson Shack Yalta, Auditor General of the SAI of Peru presented the negative impacts of corruption on the society and economy, the national control system in place in Peru and pointed out the importance of collaboration on national level and the need for effective coordination. Mr. Shack outlined the upcoming innovative reform of the control system of public organisations, which will help to improve the transparency and effectiveness of the audit of public interventions.
Mr. Francisco Caamaño Domínguez, former Minister of Justice of Spain covered the topic of “Corruption: Obtaining irregular benefits and threat to democratic stability”. The speaker analysed the causes, the mechanism and types of corruption and ways to fight against corruption. He underlined the benefits of the approach focusing on prevention rather than on repression. In order to fight against corruption effectively and to prevent corruption the close collaboration of the affected parties and the sharing of related experiences is of utmost importance.
Department of Methodology and International Relations