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Global Accountancy Leaders Address Credit Crisis and Focus On Needs of Small Business

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Accounting Article(New York/December 8, 2008) – To mark the beginning of World Accountancy Week, the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) has released the results of its 2008 Global Leadership Survey. This year's survey sought the views of leaders of accountancy institutes worldwide on the current credit crisis and other top issues for the profession. Chief executives and presidents of 110 accountancy organizations* worldwide responded to the survey. The majority of these organizations have been actively engaged, like IFAC, in identifying and executing appropriate responses to the crisis, supporting their members in understanding applicable international standards, and working with regulators, business groups and others to find solutions. Many of these initiatives are featured on IFAC's website in its new page on the global financial crisis. **

"According to survey respondents, the credit crisis is resulting in increased awareness of the value of professional accountants and the services they provide," says IFAC Chief Executive Ian Ball. "It is now up to the profession to continue to meet the expectations of those that depend on our work and to contribute to rebuilding confidence in financial markets."

Leaders of accountancy organizations reported an increased trend in the need for services that are related in some way to the crisis. For example, in the coming year they expect their members in public practice to be more involved in corporate recovery and insolvency services, assurance services (other than audit), as well as risk and compliance related work. Members employed in business and industry are also expected to be more involved in risk management, as well as in the areas of corporate social responsibility and sustainability, internal control, and governance and compliance work.

Respondents believe that the most important issues for the accountancy profession in the coming year are:

- Addressing the needs of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and small and medium practices (SMPs);
- Meeting expectations to identify and prevent fraud;
- Dealing with the changing regulatory landscape; and
- Transitioning to International Standards on Auditing.

They also believe it is increasingly important to address the transition to International Financial Reporting Standards, auditor liability issues, the use of new technologies like XBRL, and corporate social responsibility issues.

Recently-appointed IFAC President Robert Bunting has indicated that addressing the needs of SMPs and SMEs will be a priority for IFAC over the next two years.

"The survey confirms that meeting the needs of SMPs and SMEs is a global concern and a global goal. These entities are among those likely to suffer significantly from the current financial crisis yet they are among the least at fault. We must look for ways to mitigate the effect of the crisis on SMPs and SMEs," emphasizes Mr. Bunting.

Other survey results point to an increase in the attractiveness of the profession to students. According to survey respondents, the factors positively influencing students are the career options available and earning potential. However, leaders of accountancy institutes indicated that the two factors having the most negative impact on the attractiveness of the profession are work/life balance and legal liability. Most respondents indicated that they have initiatives in place to address these issues.

During World Accountancy Week, December 7, 2008 to December 13, 2008, accountancy institutes will be communicating the benefits of pursuing a career in accountancy and the role of professional accountants in contributing to economic growth and development.
IFAC is the worldwide 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 currently comprised of 158 professional accountancy bodies in 122 countries, representing more than 2.5 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry and commerce. IFAC, through its independent standard-setting boards, sets international standards of ethics, auditing and assurance, education, and public sector accounting. It also issues guidance to encourage high quality performance by professional accountants in business.

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