It is with great pride that I invite you to join me in South Africa’s city of gold, Johannesburg, for the 20th INCOSAI from 22 to 27 November 2010. Though you will undoubtedly find yourself uniquely enchanted by our country’s dramatically varied landscape, it is the people of South Africa that constitute this country’s singular charm. Known as the Rainbow Nation, our people are as dramatically diverse and fascinating as the country’s geography. It was said very aptly by former President Nelson Mandela: "Each of us is as intimately attached to the soil of this beautiful country as are the famous jacaranda trees of Pretoria and the mimosa trees of the bushveld – a rainbow nation at peace with itself and the world.”
It is therefore fitting that our nation, united in its diversity, stands poised to host this auspicious event that brings SAIs of so many different cultures and languages together. As SAIs from around the world, our mandates are similar in that we need to add value to our societies by enabling accountability and governance within our respective public sectors. As South African SAI, we are especially aware of the importance of building public confidence in our young democracy. I look forward to the opportunity for us as SAIs to contribute towards more transparent and accountable audit systems and promote greater accountability as well as an improvement in the use and management of public resources. In this way we will be in a better position to accelerate the process of socio-economic development in all our countries.
It is our goal to create an environment during XX INCOSAI that promotes knowledge sharing, robust discussions and fruitful debates. We will strive to provide ample opportunities to reaffirm relationships and strengthen the bonds that tie us together as SAIs.
I look forward to welcoming you to vibrant South Africa in November!
Auditor-General of South Africa
First Vice-Chairman of the INTOSAI Governing Board