Guam OPA hosts Pacific auditors, conference kicks off today

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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 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.”

Public Auditor Benjamin J.F. Cruz said Guam OPA is honored to host this year’s APIPA conference.

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.

Cruz thanked the US Department of Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs, Office of the Inspector General, and the Pacific Islands Training Initiative which have been supporting APIPA and its annual conferences.

More information on the conference activities can be found by logging on to www.apipa2019.org.

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