Having organised the meeting of the Forum for INTOSAI Professional Pronouncements (FIPP) in Riga on 25-28 June 2019, the State Audit Office of Latvia has repeatedly proved that Latvia is becoming a centre of competence for public sector audit standards also at international level.
“The FIPP is responsible for the quality of international auditing standards, thus setting the rules of the game for the supreme audit institutions of almost 200 countries. We are very proud that a small country can also contribute to the development of efficient public administration around the world. This is possible exactly because we have been able to prove our professionalism, so we are listened to,” stated Auditor General Elita Krūmiņa.
Representatives of the sixteen supreme audit institutions, with a very high level of expertise and experience in public administration auditing, work in the FIPP on a competitive basis. The State Audit Office of the Republic of Latvia was selected to work in the FIPP three years ago and has been working shoulder to shoulder with public audit authorities such as the European Court of Auditors, and Supreme Audit Institutions of the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand, France, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway.
During the meeting in Riga, the FIPP approved international standards for the Supreme Audit Institutions – Courts activities, information systems audits, and evaluation of policy implementation progress, as well as assessed the draft standards for public-private partnerships, public procurement, etc. audits.
By participating in the development of international auditing standards, the State Audit Office actually creates the environment, in which audits are carried out throughout the world, thus directly affecting the work of the State Audit Office itself in order to make the state administration of the Republic of Latvia more efficient and to improve the everyday life of the population as well.
After completing four days of work, our partners from other countries represented in the FIPP highly appreciated the contribution of the Head of the State Audit Office and employees having emphasised that the organisation of the meeting was particularly productive and the State Audit Office of the Republic of Latvia has set a high standard for the organisers of the next FIPP meetings.
The FIPP meetings are organised by the member states of the FIPP on a rotational basis, and the next meeting is scheduled this December in Oslo, Norway.
The representative in the FIPP from Latvia is Ms Marita Salgrāve – Advisor to the Auditor General on Strategic Development of the State Audit Office of the Republic of Latvia.