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Alexei Kudrin proposes joint BRICS clean air and forest management audit

Alexei Kudrin proposes joint BRICS clean air and forest management audit

On 25 August, Mr Alexei Kudrin, Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation, hosted the 2nd Meeting of Heads of BRICS Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) via videoconference.

The meeting participants discussed the specifics of operating during the pandemic and the role of the SAIs in overcoming its consequences. They also outlined the main areas of further cooperation.

“More than a third of the world’s forests are located on the territory of our countries. There are certain problems due to forest fires and subsequent slow recovery. It is necessary to assess the countries’ efforts in forest management. As for the problem of air quality, we could work on various aspects of auditing state clean air programmes, at the national level as well as at the level of major cities and regions. Of course, it is too early to talk about joint or simultaneous audits but we could already start making preparations,” Alexei Kudrin noted.

Transparency of the SAIs was another issue specifically covered by the meeting. The Chairman of the Russian Accounts Chamber said that public transparency must become one of the key efficiency indicators for government institutions. He shared the results of government body transparency research conducted by the Accounts Chamber. “We looked at whether websites of government bodies are informative enough; how these government bodies respond to inquiries from members of the public and the media. We reviewed the operation of their public councils and their work regarding data processing. To obtain research results, we developed a methodology that was reviewed by top experts. The report has already been published and is now being translated into English. We could possibly conduct a similar analysis across all BRICS countries and thus demonstrate each state’s pursuit of higher transparency, which is an important task for the supreme audit institutions,” the Accounts Chamber Chairman stressed.

At the end of the meeting, the participants adopted a Declaration.