The Chamber of Accounts, the Supreme Audit Institution of the Republic of Azerbaijan takes an active part in the work of international organizations to which it is a member and this participation is supplied in two directions. It means that, the Chamber of Accounts exchanges professional skills in the main meetings (congress and assemblies) of international and regional organizations of the SAIs, in international conferences and seminars, in the annual meetings of Working Groups and Task Forces with different levels of the staff and hosts some important events of the international organizations.
Congress (The International Congress of Supreme Audit Institutions) is a supreme organ of INTOSAI and is composed of all members. Once every three years the congress holds regular meetings, which are chaired by the hosting SAI. It offers all INTOSAI members an opportunity to share experiences, discuss common issues, and pass resolutions and recommendations to improve government accountability.
Participants include delegations of member SAIs as well as representatives of the United Nations, the World Bank and other international and professional organizations.
Last XXII Congress was held in December 2016 in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The Congress covered two topics:
I Subject: How can INTOSAI help the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, including good governance and anti-corruption efforts?
II Subject: Professionalism: What can motivate INTOSAI to become a more advanced international organization?
The Abu Dhabi Declaration was adopted at the end of XXII INCOSAI, which was also represented by the Chamber of Accounts.
The next XXIII Congress will be held at the Chamber of Accounts of the Russian Federation on 23-26 September 2019.
According to articles 5-9 of EUROSAI Statutes the Congress is the supreme body of EUROSAI composed by all members of EUROSAI through their Heads or their duly authorized representatives. The Congress is held every three years.
Lastly, the X Congress was held on 22-25 May 2017 by the Turkish Court of Accounts. The main theme was "Implementation of ISSAIs, Challenges and Solutions for Further Improvement". The event was attended by the delegation headed by the Chairman of the Chamber of Accounts.
Next, the Congress will be held in the Czech Republic in 2020.
Assembly meets once in three years with the participation of ASOSAI Member States. Symposiums are also held as well as Assembly. The last, 13th ASOSAI Assembly was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in February, 2015. The delegation headed by the Chairman of the Chamber of Accounts participated in the Assembly.
The next, 14th Assembly will be held in Vietnam in 2018.
Assembly comprises the Heads of Supreme Audit Institutions of member countries of ECO and their duly authorized representatives. The Assembly holds its meetings triennially. It also holds extra ordinary sessions at the initiative of the Governing Board or at the request of half of the member institutions. The meetings are chaired by the President of the Governing Board. Each member institution has the right to one vote regardless of the number of representatives.
On October 17-19, 2016, the 7th Assembly and the 7th Symposium of ECOSAI were held in Ankara, Turkey. The delegation of the Chamber of Accounts took part in the 22nd meeting of the ECOSAI Governing Board held on October 22-24, 2017.
The UN/INTOSAI seminars provide capacity building for SAIs (Goal 2 of the INTOSAI Strategic Plan). Through the exchange of subject-specific experiences and information in all relevant fields of public sector auditing the UN/INTOSAI seminars contribute to research and methodology development in these areas.
They have been held in Vienna since 1971 – normally in biennial intervals – jointly sponsored with the United Nations, and provide training for participants from SAIs in developing and transition countries.
The UN/INTOSAI seminars are organized by the General Secretariat. The technical program is designed by the General Secretariat in cooperation with the United Nations.
23 seminars in the field of government audit were organized under the auspices of UN in interregional level.
In November 2017 the representative of the Chamber of Accounts took part in the 11th Meeting of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva, Switzerland.
Seminar on “The Importance of Quality Indicators in Assessment Practice of Efficiency in SAIs’ Activity”
Seminar on “The Importance of Quality Indicators in Assessment Practice of Efficiency in SAIs’ Activity” was held in the Chamber of Accounts of the Republic of Azerbaijan on 20-21 February, 2018.
During the discussions on the reports the participants shared the experience on the assesment of efficiency of the SAI’s activity of their countries.
Seminar continued within the framework of bilateral cooperation between the Chamber of Accounts of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Chamber of Accounts of the Republic of Russia, on the issues regarding learning of practice in audit of funds implementing payments on social security at the expences of Federal Medical Insurance Fund as well as Pension Fund and Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation.
XII meeting of Working Group on Development of State Financial Control Standards for Supreme Audit Institutions of the CIS Member States
XII meeting of Working Group on Development of State Financial Control Standards for Supreme Audit Institutions of the CIS Member States is attended by the delegation comprised of 8 people from 5 SAIs.
The auditor of the Chamber of Accounts of the Republic of Azerbaijan opening the event welcomed the guests, informed on the aim and theme of the meeting and spoke about the importance of the meeting for SAIs. Then the member of Accounts Committee for the Control over Execution of the Republican Budget of the Republic of Kazakhstan delivered opening speech in the event. He also gave information on XI meeting of the Working Group held in video conference mode under the chairmanship of Accounts Committee for the Control over Execution of the Republican Budget of the Republic of Kazakhstan, issues discussed in the meeting and approval of Work Plan 2018-2019 of the Working Group.