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Supporting SMEs: Standards, Quality Assurance, and Oversight

Graham Ward, CBE | IFAC President (November 2004 to November 2006)
May 26, 2006 | Ta' Xbiex, Malta | English

I am delighted to be here in Malta and to have the privilege to speak to you this evening. I especially want to thank Mario Galea, President of the Malta Institute of Accountants, and MIA Secretary General Noel Zerafa for their kind invitation. I also want to thank you. Each and every one of you who is a member of the Malta Institute of Accountants plays a vital role in our global profession.

Thank you for your commitment to quality and to serving the public interest. Malta is a beautiful island at the crossroads of the world. A bridge between Southern Europe and North Africa and between Western Europe and the Middle East, by virtue of your location alone, you are truly at the center of the marketplace.

While seas or oceans may separate your country from others, your challenges and opportunities are similar to those of other countries - large and small - on other continents all around the world - to provide an economically sound and stable environment that ensures a good quality of life for your citizens.

The International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) is committed to this same goal. Our mission is to serve the public interest by establishing and promoting adherence to high-quality professional standards as an underpinning to developing strong international economies.