The Guam Office of Public Accountability is hosting the 30th Annual Association of Pacific Islands Public Auditors (APIPA) Conference starting today up to Aug. 30 at the Dusit Thani hotel in Tumon.
According to OPA, this annual conference has over 450 confirmed attendees from throughout Micronesia who will receive valuable continuing professional education that will help improve accountability and transparency and achieve good governance.
The theme for this year’s conference is “30 Years of Professional Development in Public Accountability.”
The keynote speaker will be Colorado State Auditor Dianne Ray, who will be joined by longtime APIPA instructors Frankie Crawford, Jeanne Yamamura, and Drummond Kahn.
This will be Guam’s fifth time hosting the APIPA conference since its inception in 1989, having previously hosted in 1996, 2002, 2009, and 2015. The annual conference is rotated among its ten-member nations.
Public Auditor Benjamin J. Cruz said that Guam OPA is happy to have welcomed a diverse range of agencies and departments at the APIPA conference.
“We all need our continuing professional education credits, and this conference will give us each 80 credits if we attend all of the classes we’re supposed to attend so its great but it’s also great for the economy. I mean 450 delegates here. This was initially supposed to go to Saipan, but because of the typhoon up there they said they couldn’t host it, but i think this is a great boost for Guam and shows what a great convention center this is,” Cruz said.
For more information on the conference activities log onto their website at www.apipa2019.org.