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(New York , September 30, 2008)

The International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB), an independent standard-setting board of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), has issued for comment the first in a series of consultation papers focused on the development of an international public sector conceptual framework. Entitled Conceptual Framework for General Purpose Financial Reporting by Public Sector Entities, the consultation paper represents a landmark achievement for the public sector financial reporting community.

The consultation paper identifies the IPSASB's preliminary views on the objectives and scope of financial reporting, the qualitative characteristics of information included in general purpose financial reports and the characteristics of public sector reporting entities. 

 "Our ultimate goal is to develop a framework that makes explicit the concepts, definitions, and principles that underpin the development of IPSASs," states IPSASB Chair Mike Hathorn. "Since it will apply across countries and jurisdictions with different political systems and forms of government, the framework will recognize the diversity that exists in the many jurisdictions that may adopt IPSASs and help to strengthen the transparency and consistency of financial reporting by governments worldwide. This makes receiving a broad spectrum of comments on this paper, and all our consultation papers, all the more significant."

"Given the important role the conceptual framework will eventually play in the future standard-setting activities of the IPSASB, I strongly urge constituents to respond to the views expressed in this milestone paper," adds Mr. Hathorn.

How to Comment
Comments on the consultation paper are requested by March 31, 2009. It may be viewed and downloaded by going to http://www.ifac.org/Guidance/EXD-Details.php?EDID=0119. Comments may be submitted by email to EDComments@ifac.org. They can also be faxed to the attention of the IPSASB Technical Director at +1 (416) 977-8585, or mailed to the IPSASB Technical Director at 277 Wellington Street West, 6th Floor, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3H2, Canada.   All comments will be considered a matter of public record and will ultimately be posted on the IFAC website.

About IFAC

IFAC (http://www.ifac.org/) 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.

Jennifer DiClerico
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