·        Increasingly, people are obliged to be more open and transparent in the spending of public funds in Mexico.

·        Among its powers, the Superior Audit Office can now monitor in real time, without waiting for accountability.

Earlier today, President Enrique Peña Nieto said that nowadays in Mexico, people are obliged to be more open and transparent in the spending of public funds, in which, “The Superior Audit of the Federation in our country plays a particularly important role."

He said that, “Although its functions included auditing and overseeing federal resources, its capacities have now been extended to intervene in the states as regards federal resources transferred to the states for different purposes and objectives.”

During his inauguration of the 25th Ordinary General Assembly of the Latin American and Caribbean Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (OLACEFS), the president said that, in addition, the Superior Audit of the Federation no longer has to wait, “To have accountability and review what has been spent in the past. It can now do so in real time at the moment any action that requires oversight in the present is undertaken.”

He said that Mexico is a country that has given voice to the various expressions of civil society that is actively engaged on several fronts to ensure that our country has a better quality of life and welfare.

He said that the reforms that strengthen democratic institutions in Mexico include the System of Transparency and the National Anticorruption System. The first, he said, enshrined in the Constitution, “Requires clearer accountability, not only by the president or federal agencies, but of all branches and levels of government, whether federal, state or municipal.”

This system, he added, “Is in place to ensure that there is accountability and above all transparency in the three branches and levels of government, on how to undertake public spending. It is a complete system that interacts and extends the powers of the agencies responsible for accountability.

President Peña Nieto said the National Anti-Corruption System, also enshrined in the Constitution, is, “A new paradigm designed to ensure that in the branches of government and levels of government, in addition to transparency there is also clarity in accountability.”

He noted that, “Over time,  it will be necessary to accredit efficiency, greater transparency and clear accountability in all public agencies, including those of a private nature that eventually spend public funds.”

In other words, he continued, “These new paradigms cover the broad spectrum of all branches and levels of government and agencies that spend public funds.”

He said that these new models, “Will undoubtedly significantly contribute to establishing this paradigm shift in our society.”

By way of an example, he said that in the past, there was disbelief about other changes that transformed the public life of our society. ”Maybe 25 years ago, people did not appreciate the changes in the political order, which created a civic organization to mediate during the electoral process at the federal and state level, to ensure strict respect for citizens’ votes.”

"Today, hardly anyone doubts the results of an election," he said. This is the same example I use to show the relevance and importance that adopting these two models has had for Mexico, which should be paradigmatic. They will permit clear accountability and greater transparency in the spending of public funds,” he said.

During the event, President Peña Nieto expressed his support for the Superior Auditor of the Federation, Juan Manuel Portal Martínez, who is being considered for the position of OLACEFS director.

OUR GOAL IS TO HELP IMPROVE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND ACHIEVE THE BEST USE OF RESOURCES: JUAN MANUEL PORTAL

The Superior Auditor of the Federation said that the aim and responsibility of Supreme Audit Institutions, “Is to help improve public administration and ensure the best use of state resources.”

Juan Manuel Portal Martinez explained that audit work sometimes encounters a difficult environment because there is a widespread view that a review of government administration naturally implies a climate of confrontation between the auditor and the organization being audited. ”From our perspective, this situation does not have to exist,” he said.

He noted that recently in Mexico, the government took the initiative to create a National Anti-Corruption System that explicitly recognizes the contribution of government audits to reducing this problem.

Meanwhile, he added, in conjunction with the Ministry of Public Administration, there has been an acknowledgement of the need to promote integrity in the budget year through various elements that consolidate the existence of ethical guidelines.

He stated that all countries are convinced that it is imperative to have an independent institution tasked with determining whether the use made of public funds meets the minimum criteria of good governance: efficiency, effectiveness, economy.

He considered that, “This activity represents an indispensable counterweight for the balance of power and is intended to be a guarantor of public interest."

ACCOUNTABILITY MEANS HONORING THE RULE OF LAW AND THE HISTORY OF NEARLY 100 YEARS OF OUR COUNTRY’S INVOLVEMENT IN CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES: VIRGILIO ANDRADE

Minister of Public Administration¿ Virgilio Andrade Martinez, stressed that, "Today, honoring the rule of law in the contemporary world involves prioritizing a core value of the state: the value of accountability.” He said that, “Accountability means honoring the rule of law as well as the history of nearly 100 years of our country’s involvement in constitutional issues.

He said that combining technology with citizen participation involves honoring constitutional principles and the universal principles of accountability: honesty, efficiency and impartiality.

Today, he said, “Within this context, Mexico reaffirms its global responsibility to share, for the benefit of the citizens of Mexico and the region, the specific reform that will lead us to continue gradually improving the issue of accountability, needed to honor the open governments of the 21st century.

He added that the Superior Audit Office and the Ministry of Public Service have a responsibility to follow every step of the expenditure of the government’s institutions, and both of them, incorporated into the National Anticorruption System, will have the responsibility to learn from best practices, and technological development, “In order to have permanent accountability, on a daily basis, to monitor and explore the sequence of decision making.”

IT IS ESSENTIAL TO INNOVATE TO BE ABLE TO MEET CITIZENS’ DEMANDS: AROLDO CEDRAZ

Aroldo Cedraz de Oliveira, President of the Court of Accounts of Brazil and President of OLACEFS, said that if you wish to meet citizens’ demands in the public sector, “You always need to innovate.”

He noted that strengthening existing initiatives and developing new projects was intended to modernize management practices and performance auditing, build human resource capacities, establish lasting links and demonstrate the value and benefits of the institutions responsible for oversight.

That is why, he said, “We have been working in this direction in the regional community of supreme audit institutions in recent years.”

He hoped that the OLACEFS General Assembly will  encourage discussions about the present and future of government control.

“This is an ideal opportunity to evaluate competitions and use the perspectives approach for the future of the Organization," he said.

AUDIT ensures transparency objectively and strengthens the credibility of institutions: Francisco Dominguez

Governor of the State of Querétaro Francisco Domínguez Servién said that, “Government oversight and control by independent agencies promotes the proper use of resources and accountability, guarantees transparency with objectivity and credibility and consolidates public institutions, thereby boosting their credibility with citizens.”

“Our society requires open, modern governments that adhere to the strict framework of the law, the principles of accountability and public scrutiny,” he said.

Governor Dominguez Servién told the president that Queretaro will remain a benchmark of the federalist cause he heads, “And will continue building bridges for our democratic life.” He also invited the participants in the Assembly to send a strong message to Latin America and the Caribbean to work, “Together for the profound renewal of the public ethics of our countries; we can do it, we’re going to achieve it," he said.

THE ROUTE OF TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY OF OPEN GOVERNMENTS WILL CONTRIBUTE TO  A CULTURE OF SHARED RESPONSIBILITY AND JOINT PROGRESS: LUIS MALDONADO

Congressman Luis Maldonado Venegas, President of the Monitoring Committee of the Supreme Audit of the Federation of the Chamber of Deputies said that in a world determined by competitiveness and interdependence in the face of the phenomena of economic and technological globalization, and corporations eager for answers, solutions and results, the path of transparency and accountability of Open Governments should contribute to a culture of joint responsibility and shared progress.

He noted that the last Legislative Session involved unusually intense parliamentary work, which enabled far-reaching structural reforms, many neglected for decades, to be achieved. He said that together with these reforms, “The foundations were laid for a new constitutional framework that will require the inclusion of Secondary Legislation of provisions that will put definitive end to the phenomena of corruption that undermine our coexistence.”

 

 

"They will also auditing to be achieved in real time and enable it to monitor the spending of public funds comprehensively and efficiently, not only from a quantitative point of view, but qualitatively," he explained, declaring that there is a desire among all the political forces represented in the Congress to achieve this over the coming months.”

 

He noted that, “The point is not for the control system to bring us closer to citizens, it is for citizens to control the system and for society to be empowered and acquire the ability to monitor the origin and destination of public funds.