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IFAC's International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board Advances Global Convergence

Apr 10, 2008 | New York | English

The International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB), an independent standard-setting board of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), has released a technical update to International Public Sector Accounting Standard (IPSAS) 4, The Effects of Changes in Foreign Exchange Rates. The update to IPSAS 4, which was issued as part of the IPSASB's global convergence program, reflects the latest amendments to the corresponding International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) issued by the International Accounting Standards Board.

"Converging IPSASs with IFRSs, where appropriate for the public sector, is one of the key strategic objectives of our standards development program," states Mike Hathorn, Chair of the IPSASB. "The revised IPSAS clarifies the requirements for public sector entities to convert foreign currency transactions and balances into their reporting currency."

The revised IPSAS 4 can be downloaded from the IFAC online bookstore at It will also be included in the 2008 edition of the Handbook of International Public Sector Accounting Pronouncements.

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 157 members and associates in 123 countries, representing more than 2.5 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry and commerce. In addition to setting international public sector financial reporting standards through the IPSASB, IFAC, through its independent standard-setting boards, sets ethics, auditing and assurance, and education standards. It also issues guidance to encourage high quality performance by professional accountants in business.