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|(London, November 30, 2011) Over 60 representatives from 12 Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Baltic countries met with leadership and staff of the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB), the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), and the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) to discuss adoption and implementation of International Standards on Auditing (ISAs) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs).
The event—jointly hosted by IFAC and the International Financial Reporting Standards Foundation (IFRS Foundation) on November 28 and 29, 2011, in London, with the support of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW)—was an excellent example of the constructive cooperation in regard to the development, adoption, and implementation of high-quality auditing, assurance, and financial reporting standards. The event involved a series of meetings to discuss areas of particular interest for each country delegation, including translation and adoption of standards and membership of IFAC. These meetings were preceded by a half-day seminar with presentations by key IAASB and IASB members. The event was attended by representatives from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Latvia, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Delegates included IFAC member bodies and associates, professional accountancy organizations, national standard setters, ministries of finance, regulators and securities market authorities, national banks, donor organizations, and other key stakeholders. The meeting was convened under the leadership of Mr. David Damant, former chair of the IAASB Consultative Advisory Group and former board member of the International Accounting Standards Committee (predecessor to the IASB).
During his presentation on the IAASB’s activities, Chairman Arnold Schilder spoke about development of audit and assurance standards and audit quality. He said, “In developing high-quality audit standards, achieving effective implementation, and enhancing audit quality, we need to have a strong dialogue and cooperation with users and with regulators.” Prof. Schilder highlighted the constructive relationship between the IAASB and the IASB, and gave examples of this cooperation, including mutual attendance at meetings and commenting on relevant exposure drafts. Prof. Schilder also discussed the activities of the IAASB to respond to the needs of small- and medium-sized entities (SMEs); current initiatives in areas including auditor reporting, reviews and compilation engagements, disclosures, and reporting on greenhouse gases; possible future efforts addressing professional skepticism and proportionality of International Standard on Quality Control 1; and the IAASB’s monitoring of emerging developments on integrated reporting.
Jon Grant, IAASB member, discussed the adoption and implementation of the ISAs and some key success factors, including effective planning, cooperation with relevant stakeholders, and high-quality translations.
IASB Vice Chair Ian Mackintosh presented an overview of the IASB’s current work plan and its ongoing consultation on the future agenda. Over 100 countries now require or permit the use of IFRSs. Russia is expected to adopt IFRSs in the very near future. Mr. Mackintosh also discussed the recently signed Memorandum of Understanding between the IASB and IFAC, which outlines the bodies’ commitment to continue to work together and further their constructive dialogue.
Wei-Guo Zhang, IASB member responsible for the relationship with the CIS, discussed ongoing IASB projects in the areas of revenue, leases, financial instruments, and insurance.
Paul Pacter, IASB member, informed the group about the IFRS for SMEs. Released in 2009, this self-contained International Financial Reporting Standard is designed to meet the needs and capabilities of SMEs. To date more than 70 jurisdictions have adopted the standard.
About the IAASB
The IAASB develops auditing and assurance standards and guidance for use by all professional accountants under a shared standard-setting process involving the Public Interest Oversight Board, which oversees the activities of the IAASB, and the IAASB Consultative Advisory Group, which provides public interest input into the development of the standards and guidance. The structures and processes that support the operations of the IAASB are facilitated by IFAC.
About the IASB
The IASB was established in 2001 and is the standard-setting body of the IFRS Foundation, an independent, private sector, not-for-profit organization. The IASB is committed to developing, in the public interest, a single set of high quality global accounting standards that provide high quality transparent and comparable information in general purpose financial statements. In pursuit of this objective the IASB conducts extensive public consultations and seeks the co-operation of international and national bodies around the world. The IASB has 15 full-time members drawn from 11 countries and a variety of professional backgrounds. By July 2012 the Board will be expanded to 16 members. Board members are appointed by and accountable to the Trustees of the IFRS Foundation, who are required to select the best available combination of technical expertise and diversity of international business and market experience. In their work the Trustees are accountable to a Monitoring Board of public authorities. For more information visit www.ifrs.org.
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 167 members and associates in 127 countries and jurisdictions, representing approximately 2.5 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.
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