Press Releases/News Alerts
Jun 18, 2009
IFAC Applauds US Administration’s Support for Global Accounting Standards in US Financial Reform Proposal
The International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) applauds the call by the US President for urgent progress toward the "development of a single set of high-quality global accounting standards." These standards were one element of the proposal for regulatory reform, issued at a press conference on Wednesday, that Mr. Obama called "necessary to avoid another financial crisis."
"The President's acknowledgment of the importance of developing a high-quality set of global accounting standards reflects the importance of global standards and a level playing field in financial reporting," says Ian Ball, Chief Executive Officer, IFAC. He also noted that the US position is consistent with the G-20's call for "substantial progress by year-end 2009." IFAC wrote to the G-20 in support of convergence to global standards before their meeting in London last April.
Convergence to global standards is an idea that IFAC supports strongly-not only in accounting but also in auditing, ethics, and public sector accounting standards, all of which are important to the functioning of global capital markets.
The complete White Paper issued by Mr. Obama's office, prepared by the United States Treasury Department, can be found at http://www.financialstability.gov/docs/regs/FinalReport_web.pdf.
IFAC (www.ifac.org) is the global organization for the accountancy profession dedicated to serving the public interest by strengthening the profession and contributing to the development of strong international economies. IFAC is comprised of 157 members and associates in 123 countries and jurisdictions, representing more than 2.5 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce. Through its independent standard-setting boards, IFAC sets international ethics, auditing and assurance, education, and public sector accounting standards. It also issues guidance to encourage high-quality performance by professional accountants in business.