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by Fermí n del Valle, President, International Federation of Accountants
May 23, 2008
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IFAC - Our Vision for the Future
Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. It is a pleasure to be here with you for this Forum for Strengthening the Accountancy Profession.
The city of Tunis is an excellent location for this gathering of international minds to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the accountancy profession and where we see the profession going in the future. Just across Lake Tunis sits the ancient city of Carthage, one of the first international trade and business hubs in the world. Ever since that time, with succeeding Berber, Arab, Ottoman, and French cultures all leaving their mark, Tunisia has grown and thrived as a center of culture, international commerce and as a gateway between Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
Before I begin, I would like to briefly thank the Ordre des Experts Comptables de Tunisie and your President, Salah Dhibi, for hosting this event. I would also like to acknowledge and thank the two Tunisians who currently serve on IFAC boards and committees: Jelil Bouraoui, who serves as a member of the IFAC Board and as Deputy Chair of our Developing Nations Committee, and Hechmi Abdelwahed, who serves as a member of our Small and Medium Practices Committee.
It is through the service of volunteers like these gentlemen, and with the support and collaboration of IFAC's 157 member bodies and associates in 123 countries worldwide, and those of you gathered here today, that IFAC is able to fulfill its mission.
The core elements of IFAC's mission have remained constant throughout our 31-year history: serving the public interest, developing strong global economies, promoting international convergence, and serving as the voice for the global accountancy profession.
I believe that this mission will continue to guide our work in the future as we continue to build a strong and dynamic profession; one that is well-equipped to address the changing demands of the marketplace, to face ethical and technical challenges, to embrace new technologies and new types of reporting, and one that has the strength and the determination to continue to deliver quality.