Posted by indonesia On February 13, 2015

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 12 (Bernama) — Indonesia’s Audit Board chairman, Harry Azhar Azis has proposed that Malaysia’s Razak School of Government (RSOG) initiate grouping auditors from ASEAN countries to make an audit on the success rate of ASEAN’s programmes.

He said the RSOG could lead the initiative since Malaysia was now the chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

“Accountability becomes a major topic as it could reflect on how the government manages its resources in the most efficient and effective way to increase public welfare.

“In this context, accountability will smoothen the path of the countries in implementing the measures stated within the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) blueprint in order to achieve the ASEAN Community.”

Harry said this at a seminar entitled, ‘ASEAN Community – The Role of Public Accountability’, at the RSOG, here, today. The seminar was attended by the diplomatic community, public sector officers, ASEAN secretariat committee members and academicians.

He said ASEANSAI was established in 2011 with the aim of building capacity and promoting cooperation and understanding among members in the field of public sector auditing so as to strengthen the audit institutions.

He said the idea of the establishment of ASEANSAI was to encourage and promote good governance within the ASEAN region.

Harry said ASEAN would come to a new era and reach a major milestone with the formation of the ASEAN Community this year.

Malaysia is the chairman of ASEAN this year and Kuala Lumpur is expected to host the launch of the ASEAN Community by Dec 31.