The 31st plenary meeting of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of the Transportation Ministry)

Indonesia Nominates Supreme Audit Agency to Become International Maritime Organization's External Auditor


NOVEMBER 27, 2019

Jakarta. Indonesia has proposed to the International Maritime Organization, or IMO, to elect the country's Supreme Audit Agency, or BPK, as an external auditor for the organization during its 31st plenary meeting in London on Tuesday.

"Indonesia has nominated the BPK to become the IMO's external auditor. The BPK is more than ready to provide high-quality and cost-efficient audit services," Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi told the IMO members.

If elected, the BPK will become the IMO's external auditor from 2020 to 2023.

The national audit agency already has some experience as an external auditor under its belt, having served in the capacity for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in three periods, 2016-2018, 2018-2019 and 2019-2021.

"The BPK, if elected, would be responsible for auditing not just the IMO but also its educational institutions, the WMU [World Maritime University] and IMLI [International Maritime Law Institute]," Budi said in a statement on Wednesday.

"The BPK has the capacity to perform financial and performance audits," Budi said.

BPK's nomination also highlighted Indonesia's free and active foreign policy, according to the minister.

Indonesia has also submitted an official proposal to become a member of the IMO board for the 2020-2021 period.