WGEI Newsletter Issue No. 2 – September 2015

The content of this newsletter

Introductions

  • About this issue: the 2nd WGEI Meeting
  • Introducing the CoP Coordinator

Need to know

  • Community of Practice: A WGEI Initiative
  • New resources uploaded to te WGEI home page

Trainings and events

  • The 2nd WGEI meeting to be held in Oslo 21-23 September
  • GIZ workshop

 

Introductions

About this issue: the 2nd WGEI Meeting

Welcome to the 2nd edition of the WGEI newsletter. The purpose of this issue is primarily to inform you about the second annual WGEI meeting that will take place in Oslo, Norway between 21st and 23rd September. We also take this opportunity to update you on the status of the WGEI Community of Practice, which is now equipped with a full time coordinator. In this issue, you will also find information about a recent workshop organized by GIZ in Kampala. Have a nice read!

Introducing the CoP Coordinator

The Working Group on audit on Extractive Industries is pleased to let you know the newly initiated Community of Practive (CoP) now has a full-time coordinator working to set-up its functions. His name is Mr. Ingvald Heldal and he is based at the office of the Auditor General of Uganda in Kampala, for the next three months. Mr. Heldal is a Norwegian citizen with broad experience in coordination from various international organizations. He holds a masters degree in law and an MBA.

The main tasks for the coordinator will be to establish the CoP platform for sharing resources and networking as well as strategy development and outreach. You will find his TOR on the website here.

In the following weeks Mr. Heldal will be in touch with several WGEI members and contact points with request for input and material for the CoP. The WGEI secretariat encourages you to give him your support so that together we can create an efficient community of practice for improved knowledge sharing. Do not hesitate to contact Mr. Heldal in case you have questions or recommendations regarding the CoP (his email: ingvald.heldal[at]oag.go.ug and cop[at]wgei.org)

Need to know

Community of Practice: A WGEI Initiative

The Community of Practice (CoP) is an initiative from the WGEI where the aim is to facilitate knowledge sharing on audit of the extractive industries sector.

The general objective of the CoP is to strengthen SAIs’ role in fostering accountability and transparency in the Extractive Industries, in line with the overall objective of the WGEI. The CoP shall facilitate information sharing between SAIs, but also link it with the extractive industry community outside INTOSAI.

The CoP is international and open to all interested SAIs and SAI colleagues in all INTOSAI regions. It will also invite participation by other institutions and individuals working in and with the Extractive Industries. Read more about the various functions of the CoP here

 New resources uploaded to the WGEI home page

Within a few days there will be 16 new audit reports uploaded to the “Tools and Resources” section of the WGEI web page. The new reports will be classified by value chain segment to make it easier to identify relevant reports.

 

Trainings and events

The 2nd WGEI meeting to be held in Oslo 21-23 September

On invitation by the Auditor General of Uganda and Chair of the INTOSAI Working Group on audit of Extractive Industries, the 2nd WGEI meeting will take place in Oslo, Norway, from 21st to 23rd September. The event is hosted by the Auditor General of Norway, and draws participants from 23 of the 34 WGEI member countries. The meeting comprises sessions on update and planning for the WGEI as well as a technical program. Contibutors include SAI colleagues, industry experts, government- and civil society representatives.

The event is a yearly opportunity to jointly take stock of the activities and achievements since the last meeting that took place in Kampala in 2014.

During the three days of the meeting the participants will have the opportunity to be updated on the status on WGEI activities and the newly established Community of Practice. There is also planned a group work session where aim is to share ideas on the way forward and decide on future activities and planning.

Apart from these strategically important sessions, the meeting also includes an interesting technical program with topics such as illicit financial flows, EI risks and multinational EI audits. The speakers come from members SAIs, international organizations, government and the private sector. The technical program comprises presentations as well as panel discussions.

The WGEI secretariat wants to offer member SAIs that do not have the opportunity to participate at this event an opportunity to keep up to date. The WGEI website (http://www.wgei.org/) will therefore feature various information on the meeting and continuous updates as the event proceeds.

Before the meeting, the agenda can be viewed here and a link to the speakers profile can be found here.
During the meeting, brief daily updates will be posted here.
After the meeting, a more comprehensive summary of the meeting as well as all presentation will be shared here.

The meeting will have daily presentation on a variety of topics, all related to the audit of the extractive industries sector. The agenda includes parallel sessions on day three (Wednesday), if you are participating at the meeting and have not yet signed up for the sessions, you can do so here.

GIZ Workshop: Enhancing SAI Capacity in Auditing the Extractive Industry Sector; Kampala 10-12 September 2015

The German Government through GIZ (Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit) is working on improving public financial management and good government in Africa. GIZ recognises the importance and value of developing SAI capacity and effective work with Parliaments, particularly in resource-rich African countries. In seeking to develop and share good practice, GIZ collaborated with seven African SAIs to host the ‘Workshop: Enhancing SAI Capacity in Auditing the Extractive Industry Sector,’ in Uganda. This Uganda workshop was a follow-up to an eight-day training event in Extractive Industry audit held in Germany during June 2015.

GIZ Workshop: Enhancing SAI Capacity in Auditing the Extractive Industry Sector; Kampala, 10th-12th September 2015

GIZ Workshop: Enhancing SAI Capacity in Auditing the Extractive Industry Sector; Kampala, 10th-12th September 2015

The workshop took place in Uganda with participants from the SAIs in Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. The aim of the workshop was to share technical knowledge and challenges in applying revised audit practices in Africa.

During his opening remarks, Mr. John F. S. Muwanga, the Auditor General of Uganda and Chair of the INTOSAI Working Group on audit of Extractive Industries, emphasised the key role of SAIs in the good governance of the Extractive Industries sector, the challenges faced by SAIs, and the importance of continuing capacity initiatives to enhance SAI capacity.
During the workshop in Uganda, the participant SAIs, GIZ experts and facilitators:

  • Shared knowledge and experiences as a result of their respective financial and performance audits in the Extractive Industry sector;
  • Discussed the challenges and risks in auditing the sector from an auditor’s perspective; and
  • Considered what more SAIs can do to enhance their oversight and control of the sector and contribute to enhancing the accountability of its key actors.

The workshop was invaluable in bringing together a regional group of SAIs committed to sharing diverse experiences, increasing understanding and learning lessons in auditing the Extractive Industry sector. Positive outputs from the workshop included the participant SAIs developing strategic alternatives, objectives and activities that will enhance sector control and oversight in individual countries. This is the first time that a group of SAIs have worked with a range of key partners including GIZ, AFROSAI-E and OAG Norway in developing in-country Extractive Industry strategies and audit practices.

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