IFAC Forum in Beijing Addresses Needs and Solutions for Small and Medium Practices and their SME Clients

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    IFAC Forum in Beijing Addresses Needs and Solutions for Small and Medium Practices and their SME Clients

    Over 200 delegates from more than 40 countries gathered in Beijing for the fourth annual IFAC SMP Forum (www.ifac.org/smp/index.php#Resources) of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) Small and Medium Practices (SMP) Committee--making it the largest gathering in the event's history. Co-hosted by the Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CICPA) and the Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants (CAPA), the conference covered topics ranging from how to accomplish sustainable growth during economic turbulence to ensuring that international standards are relevant to SMEs/SMPs, and included presentations from the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.Over 200 delegates from more than 40 countries gathered in Beijing for the fourth annual IFAC SMP Forum (www.ifac.org/smp/index.php#Resources) of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) Small and Medium Practices (SMP) Committee--making it the largest gathering in the event's history. Co-hosted by the Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CICPA) and the Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants (CAPA), the conference covered topics ranging from how to accomplish sustainable growth during economic turbulence to ensuring that international standards are relevant to SMEs/SMPs, and included presentations from the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.

    In greeting attendees, IFAC's President Robert L. Bunting spoke of the CICPA as "an active and much-appreciated member of IFAC" and complimented its role in adopting and implementing international standards in China. This includes convergence of Chinese Accounting Standards (CAS) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and accelerating plans to accept the recently issued clarified International Standards on Auditing (ISAs) from the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board.

    Turning his subject toward the global economic crisis, Mr. Bunting said, "I realize that, here in China, the story has been somewhat different; indeed your country has been a source of continued growth and contributed to the world economy's recovery. But because of the global nature of our business environment, your business sector has suffered from many of the same problems as other countries, relating to employment and general financial woes.

    "And when a country suffers, chances are very good that SMEs, and the SMPs that support them, suffer more than the average. That is why this year's Forum is so critical," Mr. Bunting said. "Yes, IFAC understands that SMEs are engines for economic growth and ideas--but we also know that the SMPs who work with them are the first ‘go-to partners' for these entrepreneurs, with the knowledge of the issues they face and how they can be addressed. And that is why IFAC supports them as they help SMEs create a vision for change." He then spoke of the recent SME lending survey conducted by IFAC with The Banker magazine. It found that lenders were "highly influenced" by loan-applicant-SMEs who had external accountants providing assurance services and/or financial advice.

    According to Sylvie Voghel, Chair, SMP Committee, "This event has provided a unique setting for representatives from IFAC member bodies, recognized regional organizations, acknowledged accountancy groupings, and other accountancy organizations and guests to exchange ideas." She added, "The result was impressive--new insights on ways for IFAC and the international profession to respond to a wide range of issues currently facing SMPs and SMEs, both in China, the world's most populous nation, and globally."

    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.

     

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