Robert Bunting Assumes Presidency of IFAC; Council Names Göran Tidström Deputy President
Nov 14, 2008 | Rome and New York | English
Leaders of over 100 accountancy organizations worldwide met in Rome on November 11-14 to participate in the International Federation of Accountants' (IFAC) Board and Council meetings, where they addressed the global financial crisis, convergence to global auditing and ethics standards, and the profession's role in sustainable development. At the conclusion of the meeting, President Robert Bunting of the United States assumed the IFAC Presidency for a two-year term ending in November 2010. Göran Tidström of Sweden assumed the position of Deputy President. In addition, the Council approved the appointment of three new members to the IFAC Board and the reappointment of four members to a second term.*
Newly elected IFAC President Robert Bunting, a past Chairman of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and an IFAC Board member since 2005, commented on the global financial crisis, pointing out "The financial crisis has clearly demonstrated how interconnected global markets are. This makes IFAC's initiatives to achieve convergence of international standards ever more urgent. Convergence to a common set of high quality accounting and auditing standards is essential to assuring the quality of the profession's services and is vital to the effective operations of markets and to promoting cross-border trade and investment."
"I believe that IFAC has a key role to play in restoring confidence in the markets," emphasizes Mr. Bunting. "We must demonstrate that our standard-setting processes are rigorous. And we must continue to promote strong corporate governance and the highest quality practices by the world's accountants, whether they work in public practice or in business and industry. Additionally, we need to scrutinize ourselves and look at what we can do better or differently. And lastly, we must be even more engaged with all market participants and actively collaborate with them in identifying and implementing the solutions that can prevent future crises."
Supporting these goals, the IFAC Council approved an updated Strategic Plan for 2009-2012. This plan has an increased focus on the implementation of international standards, on enhancing the relevance and sustainability of the profession, and on communicating more vigorously on regulatory, financial management, financial reporting, corporate governance, and other issues.
"Another area of focus in the strategy and one to which I plan to give my attention is meeting the needs of small and medium practices (SMPs) and enterprises (SMEs)," adds Mr. Bunting. "The SMP/SME community did not cause the current financial crisis, but they will be very much affected by it. We must do what we can, including ensuring that they are not subject to overly burdensome regulatory requirements, to contribute to their health and effectiveness."
The IFAC Strategic Plan for 2009-2012 is available on the IFAC website.
IFAC is the worldwide 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 currently comprised of approximately 158 professional accountancy bodies in 122 countries, representing more than 2.5 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry and commerce. IFAC, through its independent standard-setting boards, sets international standards of ethics, auditing and assurance, education, and public sector accounting. It also issues guidance to encourage high quality performance by professional accountants in business.
* Note to Editors - IFAC Board Members (November 2008 - November 2009)
Robert L. Bunting, President, United States
Göran Tidström, Deputy President, Sweden
Warren Allen, New Zealand**
Abdeljelil Bouraoui, Tunisia
Yugui Chen, China
Roberto D'Imperio, Italy
Kevin Dancey, Canada
Ingrid Doerga, Netherlands
Robert Hodgkinson, United Kingdom
Gen Ikegami, Japan**
Ved Kumar Jain, India*
Japheth Katto, Uganda
Olivia Kirtley, United States
David Leonard, United Kingdom
Bernadette McGrory-Farrell, Ireland**
Joycelyn Morton, Australia**
William Nahum, France
Norbert Pfitzer, Germany
Roberto Resa, Mexico
Syed Asad Ali Shah, Pakistan*
Luiz Carlos Vaini, Brazil
Steve Vieweg, Canada*
* New IFAC Board members as of November 2008
** IFAC Board members reappointed for a second term in November 2008