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May 09, 2013
IFAC and GPPC Host Symposium on Building Investor Confidence, Strengthening Financial Reporting Infrastructure in the ASEAN Region
Strong Financial Reporting Structure a Key Pillar for Successful Integration of ASEAN Capital Markets; Symposium of Global and Regional Stakeholders Timely in View of 2015 ASEAN Economic Community
More than 150 attendees from 14 ASEAN and other nations gathered this week at a symposium, ASEAN Capital Markets—The Importance of a Strong Financial Reporting Environment, to discuss strategies for building investor confidence through a strong financial reporting infrastructure that supports the integrity of the ASEAN capital markets.
The event was organized by the Global Public Policy Committee (GPPC) and the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), and supported by the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore (ICPAS), US-ASEAN Business Council (USABC), and Asian Corporate Governance Association (ACGA).
The symposium was opened by Mrs. Josephine Teo, Minister of State, Singapore Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Transport. Attendees included senior government officials and policy makers, senior company executives, company directors and audit committee members, investors, audit regulators, and leaders of the accounting and auditing profession.
The moderated panel discussions included: “Setting the Scene: The ASEAN Community and its Capital Markets,” “A Strong Financial Reporting Infrastructure: Vital for a Growing Economy and Strong Capital Market,” “The Future of Audit,” “Independent Oversight of Auditors,” and “Corporate Governance in the ASEAN Region.” An overriding theme was the importance of high-quality financial reporting, which is essential for investor confidence and economic growth.
“The discussions today highlighted the important contributions of all participants in the financial reporting supply chain to the quality of financial information,” said IFAC President Warren Allen. “It is essential that all participants—including companies, the accounting and auditing profession, and the regulatory community—embrace a process of continuous improvement.”
Economic integration is one of the key strategic goals of ASEAN. At the 22nd ASEAN Summit in Brunei in April, the formation of the ASEAN Economic Community by 2015 was highlighted as an important goal—and one that is expected to increase opportunities for ASEAN member states to prosper.
“Today's symposium provides an important platform for the profession and other stakeholders to exchange views on the particular financial reporting challenges and opportunities here in the ASEAN region,” noted Beth Brooke, Global Vice Chair of Public Policy, Ernst & Young. “This ASEAN perspective and voice is vital to the global debate on how best to promote investor confidence in financial reporting and audit.”
“As the national accountancy body, ICPAS is pleased to have worked with IFAC and the GPPC to organize this symposium and bring various stakeholders from ASEAN and further afield to Singapore. The symposium’s topics on building a strong financial reporting infrastructure, raising audit quality, and promoting corporate governance are aligned with our Institute’s goals to advance and promote the accountancy profession. In particular, the discussion on financial reporting ecosystems provided valuable ideas on how the various stakeholders can establish stronger integrated ASEAN capital markets,” said Dr Ernest Kan, President of ICPAS.
“ACGA was happy to support the ASEAN Capital Markets Symposium,” said Jamie Allen, Secretary General. “Robust auditing, financial reporting, and corporate governance standards go hand in hand and are important for ASEAN economic integration.”
USABC Vice President Marc Mealy noted, “The USABC is pleased to be part of this initiative by the accounting profession to support ASEAN's efforts to become more of a global investment asset class by strengthening its regional financial reporting and corporate governance benchmarks and standards.”
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 172 members and associates in 129 countries and jurisdictions, representing approximately 2.5 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.
About the GPPC
The GPPC is the global forum from the six largest international accounting networks: BDO, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Grant Thornton, KPMG and PwC. Its public interest objective is to enhance quality in auditing and financial reporting.
About the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore
Established in 1963, Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore (ICPAS) is the national accountancy body that develops, supports and enhances the integrity, status and interests of the profession.
The Certified Public Accountant Singapore (CPA Singapore) is a professional in accountancy, finance and business distinguished by their technical expertise, integrity and professionalism, in addition to a recognised accountancy qualification and relevant work experience. CPAs Singapore serve every corner of the world in every industry. Many of them helm some of the most prominent local and international corporations.
ICPAS accords the CPA Singapore designation. Working closely alongside businesses, ICPAS connects its membership to an unmatched range of information resources, events, professional development and networking opportunities. Presently, there are more than 26,000 members making their strides in businesses across all industries in Singapore and around the world.
ICPAS’ international outlook and connections are reflected in its membership of regional and international professional organisations like the ASEAN Federation of Accountants (AFA), the Asia-Oceania Tax Consultants’ Association (AOTCA), the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and International Innovation Network (IIN).
For more information, please visit www.icpas.org.sg