Enhancing strategic agility and public trust
On Tuesday 22 April, the Comptroller General of the Republic of Chile, Mr. Ramiro Mendoza, together with Mr. Mario Marcel, Deputy Director of the Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate of the OECD, presented the OECD’s Public Governance review of the Office of the Comptroller General (Contraloría General de la República de Chile, or CGR) after a year and a half of steady collaboration and dedication.
The OECD Public Governance Review of Chile’s Supreme Audit Institution provides an external perspective on how the CGR can advance its performance management vision in a way that enhances accountability and decision-making in the Chilean public sector. Led by the Comptroller General, the launch event was attended by representatives of government, Congress, the judiciary, press and civil society, many of whom had provided insights for the review, in addition to CGR staff.
In his address to participants, the Comptroller General emphasised that the review process was not easy, but that a comprehensive and frank exposure of its strengths and weaknesses was a necessary step in strengthening the impact, quality and long-term relevance of its work. Mario Marcel praised the CGR for its courage to undertake such a review and reiterated the importance of its timing, as two-thirds of OECD countries continue to grapple with a loss in confidence in public sector.
Minister Álvaro Elizalde and Undersecretary Patricia Silva expressed the support of the Executive Branch for the modernization of the CGR, and shared the main messages of the review. Minister Álvaro Elizalde emphasised that a relationship of control and collaboration between the CGR and public entities would help to improve the relationship with citizens and restore their trust.
The launch was supported by wide coverage in administration and local press, and is available in Spanish on the website Contraloría General de la República de Chile. The agreement was signed on 17 September 2012 by Comptroller General Mendoza and Mr. Rolf Alter, Director of the Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate.
For more information about this OECD peer review, or about other OECD work on public sector audit and internal control, please contact GOVintegrity@oecd.org.