Vietnam and France Strengthen Collaboration on Public Sector Auditing

France and Vietnam are seeking out new opportunities to develop their audit collaboration.

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The State Audit plays a crucial role in improving the efficiency of public finance and asset management, as well as promoting transparency, accountability, and discipline in the management of public finances and assets in a country.

Vietnam, France to Enhance Auditing Cooperation
Auditor General of the State Audit Office of Vietnam Ngo Van Tuan meets First President of the Cour des Comptes and French Supreme Audit Institution Pierre Moscovici in Paris on September 12. Photo: VNA

Auditor General of the State Audit Office of Vietnam (SAV) Ngo Van Tuan met First President of the Cour des Comptes, the French Supreme

Audit

Institution Pierre Moscovici in Paris this week, discussing measures to strengthen their cooperation in the audit.

At the meeting, Chairman Pierre Moscovici congratulated Tuan on his new appointment as State Auditor General. The leaders of the two agencies had discussions to enhance cooperation in the field of auditing.

Vietnam, France to Enhance Auditing Cooperation
Auditor General of the State Audit Office of Vietnam Ngo Van Tuan and First President of the Cour des Comptes and French Supreme Audit Institution Pierre Moscovici. Photo: NDO

Earlier, on September 11, Tuan had a working session with Honorary President of the Cour des Comptes Gilles Pierre Levy, during which he highly valued its auditing expertise and role in leading Supreme Audit Institutions (SAI) to operate more effectively. He stressed Vietnam’s desire to strengthen cooperation both bilaterally and multilaterally, particularly in areas where the French agency excels, such as anti-corruption, money laundering, public policy assessment, and auditing international organizations.

He invited the Honorary President of the Cour des Comptes Gilles Pierre Levy to visit the SAV soon, and the latter suggested continuing discussions to strengthen cooperation.

Chairman Levy introduced the French Cour des Comptes as a completely independent agency from the French Government and National Assembly, which differentiates it from other audit bodies, such as those in the US. This independence ensures financial supervision and anti-corruption measures.

According to Chairman Levy, the French Cour des Comptes has made two significant changes. Firstly, it informs the public with the aim of providing as much information as possible to encourage greater participation in audit work. Secondly, it has established a system for receiving information from the public about audit work, making planning more efficient.

Additionally, the French Cour des Comptes has implemented a rapid audit mechanism to enhance the effectiveness of public financial supervision and management.

Auditor General Ngo Van Tuan also presented the organizational structure of the SAV and proposed signing a cooperation agreement between the two agencies to formalize and enhance their collaboration process.

Both parties agreed to strengthen cooperation in auditing across all areas of mutual interest and organize cross-assessments between agencies within the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) framework.

Vietnam, France to Enhance Auditing Cooperation
The delegation from the State Audit Office of Vietnam works with a representative of the Cour des Comptes, the French Supreme Audit Institution. Photo: VNA

Levy invited the SAV to join the association of Supreme Audit Institutions using the French language (AISCCUFF).

The working program continued with seminars to exchange experiences in the field of Public Audit, focusing on two main topics – Anti-Corruption Audit and Evaluating Government Public Policies.

This visit takes place as Vietnam and France celebrate the 50th anniversary of their diplomatic relations and the 10th anniversary of their strategic partnership.

Hannah Nguyen