The Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions (PASAI) held its 23rd Congress from the 22nd to the 24th of June 2021. Held remotely from Wellington, New Zealand, the Congress was hosted by the Office of the Controller and Auditor General of New Zealand. Representatives of 25 PASAI member country, state or territory auditors attended including from the Audit Office of Samoa.
Travel restrictions prevented Palau from hosting the Congress in 2020 as originally planned. PASAI members agreed the New Zealand Office of the Auditor General would host the Congress virtually. Participants from across the globe were able to stream the opening and closing ceremonies filmed from the significant Maori Affairs Committee Room in New Zealand's Parliament House. The online format also enabled an exceptional array of distinguished guests and keynote speakers.
Other attending representatives included those from the Australian National Audit Office, New South Wales (Australia), Queensland (Australia), Victoria (Australia), the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) National, FSM Chuuk, FSM Pohnpei, FSM Yap, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.
The theme for the Congress was "Impact through leadership". SAI Heads discussed leadership opportunities and challenges they experienced during the pandemic. They also heard about effective communication strategies for creating audit impact with key stakeholders like the public. Half of the speakers presented live, and there were active discussions with John Ryan, PASAI Secretary-General and Auditor-General of New Zealand. Attendees were also able to engage with speakers by submitting their own questions through the platform.
PASAI Secretariat staff as well as observer representative from various national and international organisations and federations also attended.