Challenges of the Global Accountancy Profession: How IFAC and Networks Work Together

Fermí n del Valle | President, International Federation of Accountants

Oct 08, 2007 | Buenos Aires, Argentina | English

Good morning. I'm delighted to be here. Thank you, Eric, for inviting me to join you at the firm's international symposium. It is particularly gratifying to me to meet with you in my country. I hope you have a wonderful stay in Buenos Aires.

You have asked me to talk about IFAC's mission and how it affects global audit networks. I will gladly do that and then take your questions.

IFAC has a history of collaboration with the international networks firms such as PKF.

I want to thank PKF partners and associates for their support of IFAC's work. I would also like to personally extend a word of thanks to Theo Vermaak, PKF's representative on IFAC's Transnational Auditors Committee (TAC), for bringing his valuable practical experience to that committee. The TAC is an IFAC committee, but at the same time is the executive arm of the Forum of Firms.

As you probably know, PKF together with 22 other accounting networks involved in multinational audits, participate in IFAC chiefly through the Forum of Firms. The Forum was established six years ago to address criticisms and concerns expressed by international stakeholders with regard to the use of international standards and consistent audit performance among international auditing network firms.

Upon joining the Forum, the networks made a major commitment to IFAC standards and other quality measures.


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