IFAC Launches Global Knowledge Gateway
New Online Global Hub Aggregates Accounting Resources, Insights, and News, Connects Global Accountancy Community
Mar 03, 2014 | New York, New York | English
The International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), the global organization for the accountancy profession, today announced the launch of the Global Knowledge Gateway, a platform designed to bring together news, views, resources, and thought leadership for the worldwide accountancy profession. The Gateway showcases key accountancy materials and provides a forum to explore thought-provoking issues, participate in discussions, and be part of the global community of accountants that IFAC represents.
“We recognized that there was no single hub that collates and shares industry insights, ideas, and information while connecting the worldwide community of accountants,” said Fayez Choudhury, CEO of IFAC. “We wanted to leverage our position as the global accountancy organization and create a venue that provides access to helpful resources, keeps users informed on accountancy issues and news, and encourages discussion and debate.”
With content ranging from developing areas of the profession to longstanding but continually evolving areas of accountancy, the Gateway initially focuses on the following topics: Ethics, Business Reporting, Finance Leadership & Development, Performance & Financial Management, Governance, Risk Management & Internal Control, and Sustainability. The breadth of topics is meant to serve the diverse sectors of accountancy, including IFAC member organizations, accountancy professionals, the regulatory community, and firms, as well as accounting students.
The Gateway includes six key components:
- Viewpoints—Leaders of the accountancy and business communities share their perspectives on the profession and other relevant hot topics.
- Accountancy News—Headlines from a variety of media outlets and online press rooms.
- Resources—Each topic features filterable resources from IFAC, member bodies, and other relevant organizations, with descriptions and links to original sources.
- Discussions—Topical questions and views inspire and encourage debate and conversation among the global accounting community.
- Topical News—Headlines within topic areas.
- Upcoming Events—Highlights of key events and conferences worldwide.
The inaugural Viewpoint, authored by Mr. Choudhury, highlights the importance of a shared, global resource for accountants. Reviewing the history and genesis of IFAC’s online offerings, it also invites users to provide feedback on the interface, content, and functionality.
Register on IFAC’s website in order to gain full access to the Gateway’s offerings. By registering, users can participate in discussions; suggest resources, news, discussion topics, and events; and stay up-to-date on a range of selected topics.
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. It is comprised of 179 members and associates in 130 countries and jurisdictions, representing approximately 2.5 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.