Output 1 Development of Public Audit System for Eco Industrial Town

The development of eco industrial town is a national agenda for Thailand. This agenda aims to encourage sustainable development and make all stakeholders in target areas live happily together. Then, a key success factor for eco industrial town program is “ownership” of public in the target areas. In order to initiate ownership, public participation in all steps of development (PDCA stage) has to be focused.

People Audit System (Checking stage) for Eco Industrial Town in Thailand

In order to develop a People Audit System (Checking stage) for Eco Industrial Town in Thailand, the existing audit system in both Department of Industrial Works (DIW) and Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT) was reviewed. The particular public audit systems have been designed and consulted with key stakeholders in the target areas and relevant central government agencies. Out of 3 models (model 1: Parallel audit concept, model 2: plug-in significant aspect concept and model 3: tri-party review concept), the model 2: plug-in significant aspect concept has been selected for pilot implementation after consulting with key stakeholders and relevant agencies. A Three days intensive training program for public auditors has been designed together with selection criteria for public auditors. Consultation with training agencies i.e. ERTC and FTI was done before meeting with stakeholders in the target areas. 20 public auditors have been trained successfully for each target area (Rayong, Chonburi and Samutprakarn). Public auditors also have been practiced as observers during formal audit program using indicators and auditing manual prepared by DIW. The result of public audit implementation in pilot areas is found that model 2 (plug-in concept) of public audit system still has some weak points that need to be improved. Knowledge and skills of public auditors should be improved and also auditing experiences that need more practice in order to reduce gap between formal auditors and public auditors.Thus, the recommendations for DIW/IEAT, which is the system implementation agencies should consider to

  • Revise all indicators to make them fit to specific areas, easy to measure and response to significant aspects of specific areas.
  • Improve knowledge, skills and experiences of public auditors and make use of them to encourage “ownership” in the area.
  • Use public auditors as internal auditors to surveillance the system the future (model 1). This concept should be very useful for continuous improvement of eco industrial town development process which public auditors can also review auditing results and communicate with eco network in the area (model 3).

Training workshop for public auditors