Posted by indonesia On September 6, 2012

The Audit Board of Republic Indonesia (BPK RI) hosted a Technical Meeting on the Environmental and Customs Parallel Audits between BPK RI and Jabatan Audit Negara (JAN ) Malaysia at Sheraton Hotel, Senggigi Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara in September, 3-4 2012.


This meeting was opened by a Board Member of BPK, Dr. H. Ali Masykur Musa S.H., M.Hum., and attended by the Minister for the Environment of the Republic of Indonesia, Prof. Dr. Balthasar kambuaya, Deputy Auditor General of JAN Malaysia (Federal), Dato’ Haji Anwari bin Suri, the Governor  of West Nusa Tenggara Province, Dr. HM. Zainul Majdi, and officials and staff from BPK RI and JAN Malaysia, as well as local government officials from West Nusa Tenggara Province.


The meeting was the implementation of a technical cooperation agreement signed in 2007 between BPK RI and JAN Malaysia.  Previous parallel audit – an audit conducted more or less simultaneously by two or more SAIs but with a separate audit team from each SAI reporting only to its own legislature or government, and only on the observations and/or conclusions pertaining to its own country – implementation covered audits in 2007-2009 of management of forests, and audits in 2007-2009 of management of the mangroves in Malacca Strait . Beside parallel audits BPK RI and JAN Malaysia have other cooperation such as: training in the field of audits of tax collection, training in investigative audits, training in International Public Sector Accounting Standards, and the use of Geographical Information Systems (GISs) in audits of forest management.


The Technical Meeting in Mataram was the 10th meeting after the previous Technical Meeting was conducted in Pangkor, Perak Malaysia. In that meeting, the two SAIs agreed to conduct parallel audits on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing, and a performance audit on Custom Duties Assesment of exported goods, as well as to develop an Audit Planning Memorandum (APM) and an audit design matrix for Water Resources Management.


Associated with IUU Fishing, BPK RI and JAN Malaysia agreed to conduct this parallel audit because Indonesia is a country with many  islands  bordering with Malaysia which had the  same problems in IUU Fishing. Problems in IUU Fishing are not the only public concern in Indonesia but also in international communities. International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions – Working Group on Environmental Audit (INTOSAI WGEA) expressed this as a fishery management problem in Auditing Sustainable Fisheries Management.


On the basis of common problems, BPK RI and JAN Malaysia first agreed to conduct parallel audits on IUU Fishing during the Technical Meeting in Manado, Indonesia, in October 2011. While, in the following meeting was held in Pangkor Island, Malaysia, in April 2012, both SAIs agreed on the development of an audit planning memorandum and an audit design matrix. Both SAIs were conducting the audit of IUU Fishing in 2012 in their respective countries.


Finally, the objectives of the technical meeting in Mataram was to share knowledge and experience on the IUU parallel audits and to develop the outlines of parallel audit reports. Also the customs audit teams of both SAIs shared their experiences with audit methodology.  Moreover, the results the parallel audit on IUU Fishing and its environment also were presented by BPK RI and JAN Malaysia during the ASOSAI WGEA meeting in Penang Malaysia on September 17-18,2012.