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Trust and Accountability in Public Financial Management

CIPFA's 1st International Conference

Ian Ball | IFAC CEO
Mar 17, 2011 | CIPFA's 1st International Conference | English

Thank you for the introduction Caroline, and for the kind welcome. Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. It is a great pleasure to be here; my congratulations to CIPFA for organizing such an excellent conference.

The overall theme of this conference is trust and accountability in public financial management. The incoming Chairman of the IASB, Hans Hoogervorst, said at a recent conference in Brussels, “Without transparency, there can be no enduring stability.” I believe that without transparency, neither can there be trust or accountability. And as a basis for what follows, I should be clear that a crucial element of transparency in the public sector is accrual accounting.