At the meeting, Mr. Robert Reeve, Key Expert 2 briefed on the Project progress and draft contents of the Inception Phase Report. He also informed about their approach to and the method of the implementation of the Inception Phase; materials to be provided in support for the finalisation of the Report, etc. Mr. Robert noted that, through recent working sessions with SAV and some Vietnam-based international development partners namely WB and USAID, the project experts had initial understanding and knowledge of Vietnamese public finance and the SAV’s practices. The Key Expert, however, believed that, in order to make a feasible Inception Phase Report, the experts had to continue their in-depth study on the SAV’s operation, focusing on the audit activities such as audit and quality control process, etc. Moreover, Mr. Reeve wished to cooperate closely with the relevant SAV units for more appropriate information input into the Inception Phase Report. He also suggested discussing the challenges commonly faced by both sides during the implementation of the Inception Phase.
In response, Mr. Ngo Minh Kiem, Deputy Head of the Working Group II exchanged his view on the approach, the method of implementation and the possibility of providing documents for reference. Kiem said his Group was willing to provide audit templates under audit and quality control process as well as other documents at experts’ request. The provision of the documents however must strictly comply with the Law on State Audit 2015, the regulations on confidentiality and other SAV’s relevant regulations. He also emphasized that the Inception Phase Report should specify the expected deliverables so as to ensure the feasibility and the effectiveness of the Project, and that the Term of Reference should be reviewed and revised in line with the current context of SAV.
Later on, experts of the two sides discussed in more details about audit process in general and the State Budget auditing process in particular.