The Association of Pacific Island Public Auditors (APIPA) held its 22nd annual conference on Majuro, July 4-8, 2011.  The conference was hosted by the RMI Office of the Auditor General (OAG).  The Graduate School USA provided training and logistical support to the conference through its Pacific Islands Training Initiative (PITI) program, giving conference participants the opportunity to receive up to 40 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) credit.  All of the week’s courses were held at RMI’s International Conference Center and the neighboring Nitijela Conference Room.

Two hundred and ninety-nine (299) participants attended this year’s conference, down slightly from the 337 participants who attended last year’s conference on Pohnpei.  Participation in recent years is shown in this table:

Year Location # of Participants
2011 Majuro, RMI

299

2010 Pohnpei, FSM

337

2009 Guam

323

2008 Saipan, CNMI

200

2007 American Samoa

111

(Attendance in 2007 was lower than in most recent years primarily because of the greater difficulty and expense of traveling to American Samoa for most potential participants.)

Participants came from American Samoa, Chuuk, CNMI, Guam, Hawaii, Kosrae, the Marshall Islands, Palau, Pohnpei, and Yap.  A total of 1,433 course certificates were awarded for 9,752 hours of CPE credit.

Five instructors led the training sessions:  James Blume, Ralph Capio, Elizabeth Cohn, Charles Hester, and Jeanne Yamamura.  Sixteen (16) courses were provided during the conference in four training tracks:  Audit, Audit Supervisory, Finance, and Advanced Finance.  An APIPA Executive Meeting was held in the evening of July 5th.  Attendees included all the principals or their proxies from the various Pacific audit offices, other key RMI OAG staff, and PITI Program Manager Stephen Latimer.

The official APIPA 2011 website remains accessible online at http://www.apipa2011.org.  APIPA 2012 will be held in Palau, with dates to be determined.