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The Importance of Revising the International Education Standards

by Peter Wolnizer, Immediate Past Chair, International Accounting Education Standards Board | January 27, 2015 |

Recognizing the trend toward global convergence and the increasing mobility of professional accountants, the International Accounting Education Standards Board™ (IAESB™) project to revise and redraft the suite of eight International Education Standards™ (IESs™) will clarify the obligations of IFAC member bodies and other interested stakeholders involved with the education, development, and assessment of professional accountancy education.

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2015: A Commitment Renewed

by Fayez Choudhury, CEO, IFAC | January 13, 2015 | 2

In a public address for 2015, IFAC CEO Fayez Choudhury answers the question: what makes the accountancy profession resilient, viable, and strong?

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The Year in Review: A Recap of Viewpoints from 2014

by Eli R. Khazzam, Editor-in-Chief, IFAC Global Knowledge Gateway | December 30, 2014 |

As 2014 draws to a close, we would like to thank all the writers who have contributed to the inaugural year of the Global Knowledge Gateway.

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Islamic Finance: A Trend Too Significant to Ignore

by Jaseem Ahmed, Secretary General, Islamic Financial Services Board | December 8, 2014 |

The year 2014 has seen a flurry of international activity in Islamic finance with important issuances of Islamic securities—in the form of sovereign Sukūks—by the United Kingdom and Luxembourg in Europe, as well as...

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Board and CFO Leadership Key to Integrated Reporting Success

by Alta Prinsloo, Executive Director, Strategy, and Chief Operating Officer, IFAC | November 25, 2014 |

The final plenary session held at the recent World Congress of Accountants in Rome, on Integrated Thinking, The Key to Improved Performance and Value Creation, clearly demonstrated how an...

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Fairness in Taxation

by Friedrich Roedler, Chair – FEE Tax Policy Group | November 11, 2014 |

Taxation is essential to the functioning of a society—indeed, it is a strong indication that “civilization” actually exists.

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Unlocking the Full Potential for a Global Accountancy Profession through Trade

by the Honorable Pierre Pettigrew, Executive Advisor – International, Deloitte Canada, Former Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada | November 4, 2014 |

International trade is the world’s growth engine, and today’s international trade agenda is an opportunity not to be missed by the accountancy profession.

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Professional Accountancy Organizations: Serving SMEs Is Critical in Times of Economic Crisis

by Eamonn Siggins, Chief Executive Officer, CPA Ireland | October 28, 2014 | 1

As professional accountancy organizations (PAOs), IFAC member bodies serve the public interest in a variety of ways. They contribute to standard setting, regulation, quality assurance, education, examinations, corporate social responsibility, and much more.

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Accountability. Now. We Must Enhance Government Accountability and Transparency

by Andreas Bergmann, Chair, International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board | October 21, 2014 | 1

In the public sector, the lack of transparency and accountability presents a major risk to the efficiency of capital markets, global financial stability, and long-term sustainability. We need to create greater public awareness among all levels of society.

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Integrated Reporting—Seizing the Opportunity to Lead

by Helen Brand, Chief Executive, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants | October 14, 2014 |

As a result of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC)’s Framework being issued in December 2013, integrated reporting has truly begun to take off around the world.

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