18th Indo-Polish Seminar

I am honoured to continue the cooperation than we commenced 18 years ago. This is the longest-functioning cooperation agreement of such type – said NIK President, Krzysztof Kwiatkowski, welcoming guests at NIK central office in Warsaw. – The document was signed in 2000 by the Comptroller and Auditor General of the time, Mr Vijay Krishna Shunglu and the then NIK President, Janusz Wojciechowski, who is currently a Polish Member of the European Court of Auditors – continued President Kwiatkowski.

NIK President shortly reminded that participants of the previous seminars discussed, among others, IT audits (2015), as well as the budgetary audit (2016) and the last meeting was focused on the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda. – The last subject is particularly interesting, because it concerns an entirely new agenda and objectives.  The role of SAIs is also new: to constantly monitor and review their implementation in individual states, in line with one of the priorities included in the INTOSAI Strategic Plan 2017-2022 and the UN expectations towards INTOSAI – said Krzysztof Kwiatkowski.

18. Indo-Polish seminar. Delegations of the Supreme Audit Office of Poland and the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

18. Indo-Polish seminar. Delegations of the Supreme Audit Office of Poland and the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

The Indian auditors attended workshops dedicated to audit methodology, preparation and analysis of audit results and the drafting of audit reports. The workshops were ran by the Director of NIK Economy, Public Assets and Privatisation Department, Sławomir Grzelak, who focused on the audits concerning the state economy, including State Treasury companies, privatization and energy security.

The guests were particularly interested in the audit in course of which NIK examined the use of public funds by entrepreneurs for innovation, research and development.

In its audit report NIK mentioned the standpoint of economists, who assess that innovation, research and development (R+D) are one of the essential elements building competitiveness of modern economies.

18. Indo-Polish seminar. Workshops on economy audits.

18. Indo-Polish seminar. Workshops on economy audits.

Poland currently uses around 60 financial public support instruments to directly or indirectly boost innovation, research and development in enterprises. These are mainly resources of the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP), which disposes of the EU funds from the Operational Programme Innovative Economy, own resources and budgetary funds. The National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR) also supports the state science and innovation policy. As for the local government, innovation may be supported by Marshal’s Offices out of the Regional Operational Programmes – described Sławomir Grzelak.

The Indian delegation also visited NIK Regional Branch in Kraków. The guests were particularly interested in the division of tasks between NIK headquarters and the regional offices, coordinated audits, audit reports and the implementation of audit tasks, including the performance audit.

18. Indo-Polish seminar. Working visit at NIK Regional Branch in Kraków.

18. Indo-Polish seminar. Working visit at NIK Regional Branch in Kraków.

The hosts of the meeting in Kraków, including the regional office’s Director, Jolanta Stawska, presented the most interesting reports of audits coordinated by the office in Kraków in the last years. The guests were also interested in the international activity of the regional Branch, in particular the last project: co-coordination of the international air quality audit in Europe. Representatives of the Indian SAI also asked about the results of the state air quality audit and were interested in the English language version of the final report being prepared.

Cooperation between the Supreme Audit Office of Poland and the Office of the Comptroller & Auditor General of India is being developed at the bilateral level, but also within the International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions INTOSAI. The seminar was organized for the 18th time. First such meeting took place in 2000. Since then the seminars have been organised regularly in turns in India and in Poland. They concerned, among others, IT audits, ISSAIs and media policy.

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