Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date
PDS Updated as of 16 Jun 2014

Project Name Strengthening the Capacity of the State Audit Organization
Country Lao People's Democratic Republic
Project/Program Number 42226-012
Status Approved
Geographical Location
In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.
Sector Multisector
Subsector Multisector
Strategic Agendas
Drivers of Change
Gender Mainstreaming Categories Some gender benefits

Financing

Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
Technical Assistance7857Technical Assistance Special Fund750
TOTAL US$ 750

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

During Project Design
During Project Implementation

Description

The TA will aim to strengthen audit professionalism and improve skills in the area of procurement audit, building on earlier TA efforts. Under a recently concluded TA 4954-Lao: Improved PFM System, a procurement guide was prepared, and this is an area of considerable interest to the SAO. The proposed TA will specially assist the members of the SAO to better understand and carry out audit of procurement. Specifically, the TA will increase knowledge and skills of audit staff regarding procurement best practices; help auditors to identify risks relating to procurement processes and activities; assist auditors in achieving a high level of quality and consistency when auditing procurement; provide a basis for measuring audit performance; and allow others outside the SAO to gain a better perspective and understanding of the audit practices of the SAO. The capacity building activities will be undertaken in accordance with INTOSAI audit standards, and will include pre-procurement procedures (examples include preparation of bid requirements, transparency in the bidding process, checks and balances in the bidding process, among others), and post-procurement practices relating to audit and documentation. The TA will strengthen the interface between the Finance and Economic Standing Committees (FESC) of the National Assembly and the SAO. 2010 CAPE Lao findings point to the need to strengthen the FECS to strengthen the capacities of the National Assembly to make informed decisions. The TA will (i) define FESC role and responsibilities for parliamentary oversight of financial management legislation and implementation; (ii) prepare a draft mandate for FESC; (iii) hold workshops for FESC members on their role and functions; governance, accounting, and auditing issues; (iv) develop procedures for communicating with SAO, MOF and other relevant agencies.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Development Impact

Improved accountability in the management of public resources Improved accountability in the management of public resources

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Audit of Public Sector procurement practice improved
Progress Towards Outcome

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
1. SAO audit capability of public sector procurement practice strengthened 2. Strengthened legislative oversight of the SAO audit reports
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Inception Workshop was held from 13-14 August participated by the SAO officials. Procurement of equipment for SAO (EA) and EPFC (IA) is in progress. An APF was also created for the series of workshops that will be held from October to first quarter of 2013. Inception Report is under finalization. The Midterm Review was completed in March 2013 and TA completion date was extended to April 2014. Various workshops on procurement audit and pilot project audit was participated by the SAO officials and staff. An audit report scrutiny workshop and staddy tour in Malaysia and Australia were also participated by the EPFC and SAO staff. A wrapping-up mission to discuss the closing of the TA and next steps will be held end of April 2014 in Vientiane.
Status of Development Objectives
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2011 Sep 19
Consulting Services
The TA will be implemented over 24 months, from November 2011 to October 2013. The TA will engage one international consultant for 12 person-months and one national consultant for 24 person-months. The consultants will be recruited by ADB as individual consultants in accordance with the Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time). The international principal audit adviser will be the team leader, who will be responsible for compiling and controlling the quality of the all the reports under the TA.
Procurement
Procurement and Consulting Notices
http://www.adb.org/projects/42226-012/business-opportunities

Timetable

Concept Clearance 21 Jun 2011
Fact-finding 01 Jun 2011 to 03 Jun 2011
Management Review Meeting
Approval 02 Sep 2011
Last Review Mission

Milestones

Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Technical Assistance 7857 02 Sep 2011 10 Oct 2011 10 Oct 2011 31 Oct 2013 30 Sep 2014

Utilization

Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
Cumulative Disbursements

TA Amount (US$ thousand)

Approval Number Approved Amount Revised Amount Total Commitment Uncommitted Balance Total Disbursement Undisbursed Balance
Technical Assistance 7857 750 750 691 59 612 138

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Prasanna Kumar Jena (pjena@adb.org)
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Public Management, Financial Sector and Trade Division, SERD
Executing Agencies State Audit Organization

Links

Project Website http://www.adb.org/projects/42226-012/main
List of Project Documents http://www.adb.org/projects/42226-012/documents