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PAPE‘ETE, Tahiti, (Tahipresse, Mar. 11) - The French Polynesia Territorial Audit Chamber reviewed its activities for 2002 during its second formal session since being installed in Tahiti.

The French Polynesia Audit Chamber handed down 28 decisions in 2001 and 46 in 2002, drawing up letters of observation for past management by several of French Polynesia’s communes.

The Audit Chamber has jurisdiction for inspecting the management of French Polynesia’s 48 communes as well as the French Polynesia Assembly, the territory’s 26 public institutions, 26 public junior high schools and high schools, 17 semi-public companies, four economic interest groups, known in French as G.I.E.s, and all associations receiving public subsidies of more than EUR1,500 (about US$1,690).

Jean Vacheron, the chamber’s presiding magistrate, noted during a speech that the utility of such an institution is as much for examining the management of public operations as for providing a judicial control of public accounts.

His audience included François Logerot, visiting first magistrate of the Audit Office in Paris.

Up until 1990, an Audit Office in Paris inspected the management of public operations in French Polynesia. Then an Audit Chamber in New Caledonia was created, giving it jurisdiction over French Polynesia as well until 1999.

Between now and 2005, all public institutions in French Polynesia are expected to have their accounts inspected at least once.

"In all modern democracies, even if under various forms, the existence of an external, independent and impartial control organ is a necessary guarantee of a good management of public affairs by the executive," said Logerot.

The reports made by the Territorial Audit Chamber are accessible by all citizens.

March 13, 2003


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