Strengthening Accountability Connections in Indonesia
On 7 February 2012 CDI Deputy Director Grant Harrison and Professor Kerry Jacobs, from ANU’s School of Accounting, met with a delegation of senior officials from the Supreme Audit Agency of Indonesian Audit Office (BPK).
The delegation was led by Pak Hasan Bisri, BPK’s Deputy Chairman. He was accompanied by Pak Slamet Kurniawan, Director of BPK’s Regional Office for West Java, Pak Yudi Ramdan from BPK’s International Bureau and Paul Nicoll, an officer from the Australian National Audit Office who is currently seconded as an adviser to BPK.
The meeting was a valuable opportunity to continue CDI’s engagement with key players in Indonesia’s public sector accountability process.
As noted elsewhere - click on the link in the table at the foot of this page - CDI has been encouraging the Indonesian parliament (through its public accounts committee, the Badan Akuntabilitas Keuangan Negara or BAKN) to develop stronger connections with BPK in order to enhance parliamentary oversight of public sector agencies.
It was pleasing to hear from the BPK delegation that recently, and for the first time, BPK officials meet with BAKN to explore the potential for a closer working relationship. We were also pleased to hear that during this meeting, and in subsequent discussions, senior members of BAKN expressed interest in analyzing BPK reports more closely and in selecting topics which warrant further examination at public hearings.
These developments are small but notable steps towards greater parliamentary oversight of public sector agencies.
The CDI October 2011 workshop linked to below addressed these very issues and we will continue to support BAKN as it seeks to expand the nature and focus of its work. One area of possible future assistance, which has identified by a senior BAKN member, is to offer a brief workshop on the conduct of public hearings, especially the preparation of questions for public sector agencies. We will discuss this idea further with BAKN in the coming months.