In July 2016, CAROSAI conducted a survey to determine the mandate, needs and priorities of all its members. The adoption and implementation of ISSAI was identified as a critical capacity building need for most SAIs. In pursuit of addressing this need the CAROSAI Secretariat, through the joint support of the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), spearheaded an initiative for collaborative audits on procurement. The programme of activities commenced with a workshop in Jamaica from 29th May 2017 to 2nd June 2017. Arising from the workshop selected SAIs were tasked to conduct a collaborative procurement audit in their respective countries.
The focus of the collaborative audit was on Public Procurement, defined as the delivery of goods and services to the Public Sector which are derived from external sources. These goods and services must be procured at the best possible cost to meet the needs of the government in terms of quality, quantity and time, while complying with the applicable laws