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IFAC Global Forum Highlights Role of SMPs in Partnering with Small Businesses

Mar 21, 2011 | Istanbul | English

Today over 200 delegates from more than 45 countries converged in Istanbul for the fifth SMP Forum of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) Small and Medium Practices (SMP) Committee. Held in cooperation with the Union of Chambers of Certified Public Accountants of Turkey (TÜRMOB), the Expert Accountants' Association of Turkey (EAAT), and the Fédération des Experts Comptables Méditerranéens (FCM), the conference featured a keynote address from IFAC President Göran Tidström, and presentations from the World Bank and the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (UEAPME).

Delegates from IFAC member bodies convened to discuss, debate, and share best practices on a range of topics, including the challenge for small businesses in keeping up with the complicated and rapidly changing regulatory environment and the many ways that SMPs can partner with small businesses to build and sustain value. The forum also included breakout sessions on implementing the IESBA Code of Ethics, the IAASB’s future projects for SMPs, and resources and tools to support this sector.

In his opening remarks, Mr. Tidström indicated that small- and medium-sized entities (SMEs) are a public interest issue: they represent two-thirds of employment globally, and comprise 95% of entities, according to the OECD. “Therefore,” he said, “keeping the wheels of the SME sector turning is critical, as they are the engine of the global economy.”

Mr. Tidström continued, “SMPs can help SMEs thrive by providing them with a broad range of services, including strategic and business advisory services, IT and financial reporting systems support, risk management and fraud prevention services, and financial, tax, and HR advisory services. The IFAC SMP Committee supports SMPs in developing and maintaining their competencies to provide these services, in addition to traditional compliance services.”

“This event continues to provide us with a unique opportunity to unite the global SMP community to focus on the issues that are the most relevant to this sector. The attendance here today is testament to professional accountancy organizations’ commitment to their SMP members. The SMP Committee is committed to building the capacity of SMPs, and we look forward to translating what we have learned here today into tangible outputs,” said Sylvie Voghel, chair of the IFAC SMP Committee.

To learn more about IFAC’s activities to support SMPs, and to access the valuable resources and guides produced by the SMP Committee, see the International Center for SMPs on the IFAC website. Presentations from this year’s forum, as well as videos, will be available on this site.

About IFAC
IFAC 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 164 members and associates in 125 countries and jurisdictions, representing approximately 2.5 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.