IFAC and International Valuation Standards Council to Collaborate on Improving Global Valuation Consistency

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    IFAC and International Valuation Standards Council to Collaborate on Improving Global Valuation Consistency

    The International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and the International Valuation Standards Council (IVSC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding designed to enhance their respective impact on issues surrounding valuations-particularly those related to improving the consistency of global valuation standards affecting the preparation and audits of financial reports.

    Michel Prada, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the IVSC, states, "Valuation standards, coupled with clear accounting and auditing principles, are key to the efficiency of the global market economy. This Memorandum of Understanding demonstrates the cohesive and united approach of the IVSC, IFAC, and International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) to maintaining standards as global markets continue to develop."

    "The current economic crisis has highlighted the challenges associated with the valuation of assets and liabilities by both preparers and auditors," says Bob Bunting, President of IFAC. "I am delighted that our two organizations will seek ways in which we can work together in serving the public interest. As a first step, I am encouraged that the IVSC will appoint a representative to serve on the consultative advisory group of the IAASB, which works to strengthen public confidence in the auditing profession by establishing high-quality, global auditing, assurance, quality control, and related services. I look forward to developing other areas of collaboration with the IVSC in the coming months."

    About IFAC
    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.

    About the IVSC
    The IVSC (www.ivsc.org) is charged with developing robust and transparent procedures for performing international valuations through a single set of globally recognized valuation standards, acceptable to the world's capital markets organizations market participants and regulators, which will meet the challenges of a fast-changing global economy.   The governance structure of the IVSC, a non-profit organization incorporated in the U.S., includes two independent technical Boards-the International Valuation Standards Board and the International Valuation Professional Board-and a global Board of Trustees responsible for the overall strategic direction and funding of the IVSC. The IVSC works co-operatively with national professional valuation institutes, users and preparers of valuations, governments, regulators, and academic bodies, all of whom can become members of the IVSC and have an important role to play in advising the boards on agenda decisions and priorities in the work of the IVSC.


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