Samoa Audit Office pushes educational skills enhancement for staff

Audit Seminar for SAIS in the Pacific Region Seminar 2014

APIA, SAMOA – FRIDAY 21 OCTOBER 2016: Fresh off its Institutional Strengthening Project, the Samoa Audit Office (SAO) continues to implement its educational programmes to further enhance skills and equip its staff with the most recent auditing and financial know-how to perform their duties.

Last year, 17 SAO auditors became Certified Fraud Examiners with the world’s largest anti-fraud organization, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

This year, Miss Annie Frances Tanielu Leitupo is the first from the Samoa Audit Office to be given a scholarship award to complete a Masters in Auditing at Nanjing Audit University in China. This programme has been made possible because of the close working relationship between the Samoa Audit Office and the China National Audit Office (CNAO). CNAO has been instrumental in providing assistance through sponsorship of these scholastic opportunities by the Government of China.

Discussions started in August 2014 after the Controller and Auditor General and Samoa Audit Office hosted the Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions (PASAI) Congress in Apia as the Chairman of PASAI, and subsequently took a PASAI delegation to China to accept and honour an invitation from the Auditor General of the China National Audit Office. In that visit to China the Controller and Auditor General of Samoa and Chairman of PASAI then presented a request to the Auditor General of the China National Audit Office (CNAO) for a Masters or Postgraduate Programme in Auditing for staff of Audit Offices of PASAI.

1.Assistant Controller & Auditor General, Violet Roebeck-Fasavalu, H.E. Mr. Wang Xuefeng Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to the Independent State of Samoa, Annie Frances Tanielu Leitupo at the Chinese Embassy at Vailima

The Assistant Controller & Auditor General, Violet Roebeck-Fasavalu, H.E. Mr. Wang Xuefeng Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the Independent State of Samoa, Annie Frances Tanielu Leitupo at the Chinese Embassy at Vailima

In August this year 2016, the Auditor General of CNAO granted Samoa and PASAI’s request for an ongoing programme to commence from 2016/2017. Miss Leitupo is a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington and will continue with her audit assignments while she is in Nanjing for two years.

Nanjing Audit University (NAU) was established in 1983 and its areas of specialization include auditing, accounting, economics and management. It was established with the assistance of CNAO which headed the NAU in its early years. NAU also has an affiliation and cooperation with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) to promote international Certified Public Accountants.

The Controller and Auditor General Fuimaono Camillo Afele said, “This Masters programme will go a long way in ensuring sustainability in the efforts of INTOSAI and PASAI to maintain and improve good and ethical national governance and national audit in Samoa as well as in the PASAI Region. It will also go a long way to sustain the capacity and leadership of the Samoa Audit Office now and in many more years to come.”

The Samoa Audit Office has already earmarked members of its staff for this programme as part of its ongoing capacity building over the next few years.

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