Plenary II – ENHANCING GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY: A WAY TO ECONOMIC GROWTH
Financial instability in different countries has become one of the main causes of global economic crisis. IFAC is promoting the need for enhanced public sector reporting and financial management through its recently launched Accountability Now! initiative, which aims to promote awareness, facilitate guidance on implementation of IPSASs, and encourage the development of needed technical skills. The improvement of accountability practices in the public sector is not only a necessary solution for global economic and financial governance, but also an essential tool to increase the level of democracy and to enable greater transparency on the use of public resources. The session aims to present different perspectives and to fuel the debate on the state-of-the-art and future development in these topics.
Prof. ANDREAS BERGMANN, Chair, International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board, Switzerland
IAN BALL, Chair, Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy International, UK
THOMAS MÜLLER-MARQUÉS BERGER, Member, IPSASB, and Chair, Public Sector Group, Federation of European Accountants, Germany
YU WEIPING, Assistant Minister of the Ministry of Finance, P. R. China
RON SALOLE, Deputy Chair, International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board, Canada
Parallel Sessions – My choices
The panel will explore how small- and medium-sized practice (SMP) and small- and medium-sized entity (SME) needs have recently changed, and how they may change in the coming decade. It will look at the impact of increasing globalization, technological change, regulatory trends, and the evolving business environment, and the challenges and opportunities these present for SMPs and their clients. It will also explore how professional accountancy organizations (PAOs), together with IFAC’s SMP-related activities, can help tackle these challenges and leverage the opportunities.
GIANCARLO ATTOLINI, Chairman, IFAC Small and Medium Practices Committee, Italy
ALBERT AU, Chairman, BDO, Hong Kong
MONICA FOERSTER, Member Small and Medium Practices (SMPC) Committee, IFAC, and Partner Auditoria Confidor, Brazil
DIANNE AZOOR HUGHES, Independent Consultant, Governance, Risk & Audit, Australia
WASSIM KHROUF, Partner, Auditing and Consulting Worldwide, Tunisia
DIGITAL DARWINISM: THRIVING IN THE FACE OF TECHNOLOGY CHANGE
Today we live in an era of ‘Digital Darwinism’, a time where technology to advance society is evolving faster than many organizations can adapt to the changes. The panelists will highlight what competencies accountants and finance professionals should develop to become the leaders that businesses expect from their trusted advisors.
FAYE CHUA, Head of Future Research, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK
ROSEMARY AMATO, Director, Global Clients & Industries, Global Client Intelligence, Deloitte, Amsterdam, Netherlands
ASHTON DALLSINGH, Vice President & CFO, EMEAR (Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia) Cisco Systems Ltd, UK
MIKHAIL PILOSYAN, Finance Director, Equinix, Switzerland
NINA TAN, CFO, Trax Technologies, Singapore
TRANSLATING INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS AND GUIDANCE: BEST PRACTICES AND TOOLS TO ACHIEVE QUALITY TRANSLATIONS
International standards, guides, and tools are increasingly translated and adopted worldwide, and high-quality and faithful translation is essential to produce reliable and effective technical materials in the native languages of users. This session will share success stories, best practices, technical tools, and IFAC’s policies to give a complete and clear overview of resources and competencies required to achieve high-quality and widely accepted translations. As adopting authorities and IFAC member bodies develop strategies and approaches to international pronouncements, this workshop provides support and relevant information for decision making and for establishing translation processes.
KELLY ANERUD, Deputy Director, Intellectual Property, International Federation of Accountants
HILDE BLOMME, Deputy Chief Executive, Federation of European Accountants, Belgium
MARIARITA CAFULLI, Head Translations Office, International Affairs, Consiglio Nazionale dei Dottori Commercialisti e degli Esperti Contabili, Italy
JAVIER QUINTANA, CEO, Instituto de Censores Jurados de Cuentas de España, Spain