IFAC Welcomes Publication of Spanish Translations of IPSASB Handbook – 2014 Edition and Financial Reporting Conceptual Framework

Other Spanish Publications to Follow

Apr 30, 2015 | New York, New York | English

The International Federation of Accountants® (IFAC®) today published in the Spanish language the Handbook of International Public Sector Accounting Pronouncements – 2014 Edition, and the Conceptual Framework for General Purpose Financial Reporting by Public Sector Entities (Conceptual Framework).             

These Spanish translations were undertaken by faculty members from the Department of Accounting and Finance, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, at the University of Zaragoza, Spain. They have been reviewed by an international committee consisting of public sector experts from Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Spain, and Uruguay.

“This Handbook provides a comprehensive set of accounting requirements and guidance developed specifically for preparers of public sector financial statements. Due to the increasing pace of adoption in Spain and Latin America of these standards, this Spanish language translation is especially welcome,” said Andreas Bergmann, Chairman of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board®(IPSASB®).

The Conceptual Framework provides the IPSASB with the concepts that will underpin the development of International Public Sector Accounting Standards™ (IPSASs™) and Recommended Practice Guidelines (RPGs) in the coming years. It enables the IPSASB to improve the consistency of its standard-setting by strengthening the linkage between IPSASs. Additionally, the transparency of the concepts underpinning the development of IPSASs and RPGs enhances the IPSASB’s accountability.

The Conceptual Framework also responds to key public sector characteristics in its approach to elements (the building blocks of financial statements), the measurement of assets and liabilities, and the presentation of financial reports, while focusing on service recipients’ and resource providers’ needs for high-quality financial reporting information for both accountability and decision-making purposes.

The publication of these Spanish translations is timely, in advance of the 2015 CReCER conference, “Preserving Economic Gains and Investing in the Future: Promoting Growth through Improved Financial Accountability,” May 5-8 in Quito, Ecuador.

CReCER, which represents the Spanish acronym for Contabilidad y Responsibilidad para el Crecimiento Economico (Accounting and Accountability for Regional Economic Growth), is a regional event focusing on accounting and auditing. It promotes improved financial and fiscal reporting policies and practices in the public and private sectors in Latin America and the Caribbean, in support of the region’s economic growth and development agenda. The conference is co-sponsored by IFAC, the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, and the Global Public Policy Committee.

Additional Spanish translations of IFAC publications will be forthcoming.

For an overview of translations of IFAC’s publications, please visit the IFAC Translations Database.

About the IPSASB
The IPSASB develops accounting standards and guidance for use by public sector entities. The structures and processes that support the operations of the IPSASB are facilitated by IFAC. The IPSASB receives support (both direct financial and in-kind) from the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, the South African Accounting Standards Board, and the governments of Canada, New Zealand, and Switzerland.

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 over 175 members and associates in 130 countries and jurisdictions, representing approximately 2.5 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.


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