The Comptroller General of the Republic of Paraguay assumed the presidency of the OLACEFS 2023-2025

On February 1, 2023, in Asunción, Paraguay, The Comptroller General of the Republic of Paraguay, Dr. Camilo Benítez officially assumed the presidency of the Latin American and Caribbean Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (OLACEFS) from 2023 to 2025. After the transfer of command that took place at the headquarters of the CGR of Paraguay, with the presence of the Comptroller General of the Republic of Peru, Nelson Shack, Former president of the Organization. 

The event opened with remarks by the INTOSAI president Bruno Dantas from the Federal Court of Accounts of Brazil and the Executive Secretary of OLACEFS, David Colmenares, Senior Auditor of the Superior Audit Office of the Federation of Mexico. Both expressed their best wishes to Dr. Benítez for success in the new challenge he is taking on and compromised to cooperate with the institution to achieve their prospective goals.

In his farewell speech, Comptroller Shack emphasized the achievements of his tenure with the support of all the members of the Organization. He stated that one of the objectives has always been to strengthen integration. In this sense, he pointed out the use of information and communications technology incorporated in all aspects of SAI’s work.

He, as well reminded that OLACEFS has always been known for its efforts in the exchange of knowledge, learning, and experience, along with the promotion of good governance, and technical assistance.

He restated his good wishes for the successful management of the new presidency and that it continues with good auditing practices. He mentioned that “he has full confidence in Dr. Benítez, that he will continue to work to ensure that OLACEFS grows and improves without leaving no one behind”.

After receiving the OLACEFS flag in a symbolic gesture from comptroller Shack, Comptroller Benítez emphasized the work carried out by his predecessor “who managed to change the history of the Organization, consolidating not only the history of OLACEFS but also that of the subregional organizations.

He recalled that his election was unanimous, following a conversation among the representatives of the 22 member countries—who reached a historic consensus—which now allows him to assume the presidency.

He continued to state the challenges involved in updating and implementing the new OLACEFS Strategic Plan, and that the development of coordinated audits —which have been most successful in our region—will be further encouraged and worked on.

He mentioned that it is an enormous challenge to preside over the Organization, but that he does so with full commitment to continue working on its enhancement for the benefit of all citizens.

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