21 Jul Study Tour: Governmental knowledge exchange between Indonesia and the Netherlands
From the 2nd – 9th of July, together with RSM Executive Education, we had the honor to welcome a group of
14 auditors from the Supervisory and Financial Development Board (BPKP) from the Republic of Indonesia. BPKP is an Indonesian non-ministerial government agency that performs governmental duties in the field of financial and development supervision and reports to the President. Study Tours was responsible for facilitating the contact with governmental institutions in the Netherlands on the 5-7th of July for the participants to learn from and become inspired by Dutch knowledge, experience and best practices in order to create Advanced Strategic Alignment and reach reliable financial accountability.
Wednesday 5th of July
On Wednesday 5th of July the morning was kicked off by Hans van der Wielen, Senior Audit Manager at Ministry of Finance, who works for Central Government Audit Services (CGAS) Netherlands. CGAS is the internal audit service of the Central Government and works on behalf of the ministries. Hans first talked about the history of the CGAS, how the first Accountancy department was established within a ministry in 1933 and how it has evolved to the current responsibilities, roles and positioning of the CGAS. Finishing his presentation with the advantages of having a central audit service, like being able to compare and share best practices between ministries and combine strengths of the Ministerial Audit Departments.
After a lunch in the prestigious Hotel New York, located at the river ‘de Maas’ the group travelled to the Municipality of Rotterdam where Jan Willem Flohil, Head Concern Control, was waiting for them. Jan Willem, with his 10 years’ experience working, gave a lecture focusing on local- and city government, with detailed insights on the governance of the city Rotterdam with its 633.000 citizens which is governed by 10.500 city government employees. The group was inspired by the speech and the evening off gave the participants the chance to process all the new information and knowledge.
Thursday 6th of July
On Thursday 6th of July a we had a full program in Rotterdam planned for the group. Starting with a guest speech in the morning by Mr. Hofstra – Director of Court of Auditors Municipality of Rotterdam (Rekenkamer Rotterdam) – regarding citizen participation and inclusive governance. Mr. Hofstra gave the example of Rotterdam South, an area of the city known for its higher criminality rates, for which it is their goal to positively change this area and make it an attractive neighborhood for current and new citizens of Rotterdam.
Before heading to the second organization visit of the day the group was brought to one of the newest attraction of Rotterdam; the market hall. Here the group enjoyed a two-course lunch at the Jamie Oliver’s restaurant ‘Jamie’s Italian’.
In the afternoon the group visited the municipality of Rotterdam for a guest speech by Drs. Adri Hoogvliet who taught the delegates of Indonesia the importance of trust and ethics in auditing.
Friday 7th of July
On the third day the group first received an interesting speech by Peter de Heer – Partner & Accountant at Crowe Horwath Peak – on ‘Accounting in the public sector versus the private sector’. After the morning guest speech the bus drove the group to Bilthoven, to visit the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). Since this visits required again the necessary brain activity, the group needed to re full their energy. Which they did at Settler’s where the delegates could enjoy a diverse lunch buffet that satisfied all their needs. Happy and with full stomachs the group continued with the last part of the Study Tour; the company visit to the RIVM where Jolle Landman – Head staff unit Finance, Compliance and Control, elaborated on the organization its structure, tasks and vision.
This Study Tours has given the Indonesian government delegates the tools, dashboards and best practices needed to help them in solving one of their biggest problem; the misalignment between budgets, strategy and implementation. Enough food for thought to go back home with!