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The XXIV INCOSAI is nearing completion

Brazil will host the XXIV International Congress of Supreme Audit Institutions (INCOSAI) in just over four months. The deliberative meeting will take place this year between November 7 and 11 in Rio de Janeiro (RJ), at Expo MAG. At the time, Brazil will take over the chairmanship of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) through the Federal Court of Accounts (TCU) for the next three years, until 2025.
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The international organization brings together supreme audit institutions (SAIs), which are similar to the TCU, from 196 countries around the world. It is responsible for developing, disseminating, and maintaining international norms and standards for government auditing, among other duties. These standards have the potential to improve the quality, credibility, excellence, independence, and relevance of the audits carried out by the audit institutions.  

Every three years, INCOSAI brings together directors and members of audit institutions, among other authorities, from 196 countries. It is a favorable environment for work and collaboration with SAIs to promote joint actions to strengthen the independence of supreme audit institutions, and to contribute to the improvement of the provision of services to the citizens of their countries.

The incumbent president of the TCU, Minister Ana Arraes, recalls that this is the second time Brazil assumes the chairmanship of INTOSAI. “The Court presided over the entity from 1959 to 1962. And now, for the next three years, it will have a new opportunity to represent Brazil in a relevant way, demonstrating our potential and greatness,” says the minister.

The TCU's chairmanship for the next three years is greatly appreciated. The vice president, minister Bruno Dantas, fully supports the Court's role with INTOSAI. According to him, “This approach and international cooperation will undoubtedly bring significant gains that go beyond improving the control of public spending. By assuming INTOSAI's chairmanship, it is not only the TCU that projects itself to the international community. It is the Brazilian nation that reaches places and transits that were unlikely or difficult to access. INTOSAI's chairmanship elevates Brazil to a greater status of visibility, responsibility, and importance in international relations, contributing to the autonomy of audit institutions. This makes INTOSAI a more dynamic and effective organism."  

Regarding this international articulation, it is worth noting that, in May this year, minister Bruno Dantas, the secretary general of INTOSAI, Margit Kraker, and representatives of supreme audit institutions from other countries were received by the secretary general of the United Nations (UN), António Guterres. This was the first time that INTOSAI members, including the future president, were welcomed by the highest-ranking UN representative. The vice-president of the TCU presented Brazil's plans at the head of the international organization and started the dialogue to articulate cooperation between the UN and INTOSAI. The UN secretary general was invited to open INCOSAI in Brazil on this occasion.

The highest body within INTOSAI is INCOSAI, which resembles a general assembly. It is where important administrative decisions of the organization are made. This year's edition will feature delegations from more than 170 countries and an estimated audience of 800 people.

For minister Vital do Rêgo Filho, organizing the congress is the TCU's first major act as head of the institution. “The success in organizing the congress tends to demonstrate the TCU's organizational and leadership skills at the beginning of its term as chairman of INTOSAI”, says minister Vital do Rêgo.

According to Anahi Maranho Pereira, Secretary of International Relations of the TCU, Brazil has played a prominent role in the discussions of previous editions of INCOSAI. "Brazil's work has grown in importance to the institution over time. The TCU's leadership in various bodies of INTOSAI and OLACEFS built a reputation and an image of competence that made it possible for us to rise to the highest position in the institution. One of the main gains of holding the event in person here in Brazil is the exchange of experiences and the contact with important institutions and authorities”, pointed out Anahi.

The commitment of the employees in holding the deliberative meeting, which promises to be the milestone for defining INTOSAI's performance in the coming years, is remarkable. “The dialogue with inspection bodies from different countries is fundamental for defining good practices, standardization, exchanges and dissemination of inspection and auditing techniques. The congress will be the ideal venue  for these discussions and we are working towards holding a successful event”, commented the secretary of the General Secretariat of the Presidency of the TCU.



In addition to attracting by its culture and natural beauty, the city chosen to hold INCOSAI – Rio de Janeiro – is also known for the many international events it hosts, as it has adequate infrastructure and logistics to receive major events.

Most of the organization of the congress took place in Brasilia, during the pandemic period. However, because there are so many actors and actions involved, some members of INCOSAI’s executive organizing committee made technical visits. 
The selection of locations for the official dinner of the congress, which should be attended by a thousand people seated, was judicious, observing the peculiarities and concerns of each location, with the objective of reducing risks.


The congress will have its own sanitary protocol, with a view to preserving the participants' health. Among other measures, the three axes that were explored in the elaboration of the sanitary protocol stand out:  

Health safety – correct use of masks, temperature measurement, cleaning of environments and equipment, alcohol gel containers, on-site outpatient care, complete vaccination schedule (or due proof of alignment with the vaccine offer in the country of origin).

Social distancing – observation of the maximum capacity of the place and assessment of the amount to be reduced to ensure the distance between people in the place – in auditoriums and common areas –, definition of flow direction in circulation routes, organization of queues with distance of 1.5m, registration and whatever else is possible online.

Communication – maintenance of trained teams to guide and approach those who are not complying with health safety and distancing measures, conduct of a visual campaign throughout the place during the event, use of reminders through the sound system to raise awareness of people with suspicious symptoms to perform social isolation.




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