Editorial

International Journal of Government Auditing – January 2014

 

Thoughts from the Chairmen of the Board

Photo: At the XXI INCOSAI in Beijing in October 2013, outgoing chair Terence Nombembe, right, Auditor-General of South Africa,handed the gavel representing the chairmanship of the INTOSAI Governing Board to Liu Jiayi, Auditor General of China.
At the XXI INCOSAI in Beijing in October 2013, outgoing chair Terence Nombembe, right, Auditor-General of South Africa,handed the gavel representing the chairmanship of the INTOSAI Governing Board to Liu Jiayi, Auditor General of China.

 

Photo: Liu Jiayi, Auditor General of China and current Chairman of the INTOSAI Governing Board.
Liu Jiayi, Auditor General of China and current Chairman of the INTOSAI Governing Board.


What do you believe are the greatest challenges and opportunities confronting SAIs today?


Liu Jiayi: Good national governance and security are the common aspirations of people around the world and constitute a shared mission of all SAIs. Today, as economic globalization develops in depth, global issuesóclimate change, energy and resources security, economic security, environmental security, food security, government honesty and efficiency, and anti-corruption effortsóhave become more acute, posing higher requirements for, and new challenges to, SAIs. The greatest challenge of all, I believe, is to promote and serve good national governance.


First, since this new era of development assumes an increasingly important role in national governance, it calls for the continuous deepening of the functions of national audit. As a vital force in maintaining democracy and the rule of law, national audit plays a crucial role in enhancing government efficiency, advancing clean administration, safeguarding national security, and improving people's livelihood. However, audit institutions are presently constrained in their guiding ideas, approaches, and impacts to fully meet the needs of good national governance.


Second, this new era of transformation cries for expansion of the scope of audit. In the context of a world afflicted by financial crisis, countries are exploring and seeking new ways of development. Changing situations, measures, and demands require SAIs to keep pace with the times. It will become normal for SAIs to constantly embrace new challenges, make changes, and take proactive measures to push forward good national governance.


 

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