The Training Institute of State Finance Audit held a Training of Quality Assurance and Quality Control on Writing of Audit Recommendation for State Audit Organization (SAO) of Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) virtually on 6-8 October 2020 which was attended by 30 participants from SAO of Lao PDR. The theme raised in this activity focuses on technical control practices and quality control in order to maintain the quality of financial audits, especially in the current conditions of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The training program held virtually through the zoom meeting application is a form of commitment to bilateral cooperation between the BPK and SAO Lao PDR since 2018. This is in line with what was expressed by the Secretary General of BPK, Bahtiar Arif in his report on initiating this training program. He revealed, in the context of implementing the action plan for the bilateral cooperation, BPK is committed to helping increase the capacity of SAO of Lao PDR by sharing knowledge and audit experience, one of which is organizing a Training Program.
“The Supreme Audit Institution’s collaboration to discuss problems that arise in the audit sector and find solutions to overcome common challenges by sharing ideas, experiences, and lessons learned,” is also a goal to be achieved in the implementation of this Training Program, said Vice Chairman of BPK, Dr. Agus Joko Pramono, CSFA in his speech at the same time opened the implementation of the Training Program between the Training Institute of State Finance Audit and SAO Lao PDR.
The opening ceremony was also attended by the High Officials of SAO Lao PDR, Mr. Bounpone Vannachit (The Vice President of SAO Lao PDR), Mr. Heng Khanthavisay (Acting Director General of International Cooperation), and Mr. Phaiyaveth Phothisane (Acting Director of Training Institute). In his remarks represented by the Vice President of SAO Lao PDR, he expressed his appreciation to BPK for helping SAO Lao PDR in developing organizational capacity and audits, especially in organizing training programs. He also revealed that although in the current situation only distance learning could be carried out, this activity was expected to increase collaboration between BPK and SAO Lao PDR.
By presenting the training instructors and auditors in charge of technical control and quality control at the BPK, it is hoped that it can facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experience in the application of technical control and quality control practices in both countries, and expand the cooperation that has been going well between BPK and SAO Lao PDR so that it can provide optimal benefits for both parties.