|State auditors work at northern Ha Nam Province's Education and Training Department. The State Audit of Viet Nam plans to focus on developing information technology infrastructure and boosting IT applications during the next three years. — VNA/VNS Photo Pham Hau
HA NOI (VNS)— The State Audit of Viet Nam (SAV) would focus on developing information technology (IT) infrastructure and boosting IT applications during the next three years, heard a conference on the sector's development on Thursday.
Addressing the event, SAV deputy audit general Doan Xuan Tien said that improving IT applications was one of eight key strategic priorities to develop the sector by 2017.
The other measures relate to improving the legal framework and impact of SAV, increasing the number and skills of its auditors, improving capacity in applying international practices and developing audit plans.
An official from the SAV's Centre for Information Technology, Pham Thi Thu Ha, said that the SAV would upgrade its integrated auditing database centre to approach a centralised information system within the next two years.
By 2017, all auditing offices nationwide would have their information technology facilities upgraded and connected with the database centre.
She said that the SAV was developing a network security system together with programmes to collect and analyse data for mapping audit plans.
SAV was also developing a software programme to manage audit plans, processing, results and the implementations of SAV's recommendations to Governments and audited organisations, she said.
"Funding and human resources are two major difficulties in strengthening the applications of information technologies in the audit sector," she said.
Viet Nam's audit sector was striving to improve methods and operations while trying to meet the specialized requirements of auditing, she said.
According to the World Bank specialist, the SAV was an integral part of Viet Nam's public financial management architecture, which includes budgeting, accounting, internal audit, external audit and legislative oversight.
Comprehensive external audits by the SAV would be crucial to helping the government with implementing public financial management reforms and the National Assembly in performing its oversight function, said Christopher Fabling, World Bank senior financial management specialist.
The draft Common Results Framework, developed to assist the SAV's Development Strategy, should provide the basis for the SAV and its development partners.
One of its foundation projects is the completion of revised IT Plan to 2020, overseen by the Information Technology Centre. — VNS