en English ar Arabic fr French pt Portuguese

    About AFROSAI WGEA

    Image

    The Working Group on Environmental Auditing of the African Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (AFROSAI WGEA) is the African regional branch of a global working group of Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) dedicated to environmental issues. Recalling the 14th INTOSAI Congress (14th INCOSAI), held in Washington DC in October 1992, members of the International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) expressed a keen interest in the roles and activities of SAIs in the field of environmental auditing.

    The Assembly approved the creation of a Working Group on Environmental Auditing (WGEA) that was later on established under the chairmanship of the Court of Auditors of the Netherlands by the INTOSAI Governing Board. The Court of Auditors of Netherlands was given the duty to prepare the WGEA’s terms of reference that was approved by the Governing Board of INTOSAI in May 1993. This first document indicates that the WGEA aims to help member SAIs to better fulfill their mandate and better use of monitoring tools in the field of political protection of the environment.

    In October 2001, the mandate of the Working Group, called the Working Group on Environmental Auditing (WGEA or INTOSAI WGEA) widened. Since then, it is now responsible for the development and improvement of technical tools, materials and practices relating to environmental auditing on behalf and for the benefit of SAIs.

    More specifically, it is mandated to:

    • ·         contribute to the understanding by SAIs of specific issues related to environmental auditing ;
    • ·         facilitate the exchange of information and experience among SAIs ;
    • ·         update and improve standards and tools for environmental audit, including dissemination of guidelines and other information materials.

    As such, it is the crucible, a laboratory in which are discussed all the environmental concerns that SAIs of all the continents are facing. It allows finding relevant, comprehensive and current responses in various environmental audit issues in a world subject to mutations affecting the environment.

    As a proactive and voluntary organization (the activity of its members are free), INTOSAI WGEA initially included 12 member SAIs and today consists of 69 SAIs, which are organized into groups according to INTOSAI regions such as ACAG/SPASAI, OLACEFS, ARABOSAI, EUROSAI and AFROSAI.

    Africa indeed was not left behind. African SAIs established a formal Working Group since 2002, after conducting several Audit activities relating to environmental issues within the banner of the AFROSAI English Sub-Group (AFROSAI-E) or under a collaborative approach headed by SAI South Africa.

    Since its establishment, AFROSAI Working Group on Environmental Auditing (AFROSAI WGEA) encourages SAIs to conduct audits of environmental issues and implements programs and activities for capacity building of SAIs in this regard. For the purpose of supervising and guiding its efforts, AFROSAI WGEA usually develops a three-year work-plan approved by SAIs according to AFROSAI established practices.

    SAI Cameroon (the Supreme State Audit Office), the immediate Past President of the AFROSAI WGEA was appointed in September 2013, during AFROSAI WGEA’s 3rd Meeting held in Cairo, Egypt in April 2013, for the period 2014-2016 and extended to 2019. SAI Cameroon took Office from the National audit Office of Tanzania, which had been AFROSAI WGEA host for seven years.

    The Auditor-General for the Federation (SAI Nigeria) is the current President of the AFROSAI-WGEA and plays host to the secretariats. SAI Nigeria took over the Presidency of the Working Group at the 9th Annual Assembly meeting in Cairo Egypt in October 2019.

     

                                         Former Meeting Hosts

     

    Host

    Dates

    1st Annual meeting

    National Audit Office of Tanzania

    3rd to 7th October 2011 in Arusha, Tanzania

    2nd Annual meeting

    Supreme State Audit Office of Cameroon

    2nd to 6th July 2012 in Yaounde, Cameroon

    3rd Annual meeting

    Accountability State Authority of Egypt

    15th to18th April 2013 in Cairo, Egypt

    4th Annual meeting

    Kenya National Audit Office

    26th to 31st May, 2014 in Mombassa, Kenya

    5th Annual meeting

    Court of Accounts of Senegal

    16th to 21st November, 2015 in Dakar, Senegal

    6th Annual meeting

    Office of the Auditor General for the Federation of Nigeria

    12th to 16th September 2016 in Abuja, Nigeria

    © 2022 AFROSAI WGEA. All Rights Reserved. Powered by