IPSASB Works to Improve Reporting on Financial Instruments

Stakeholder Comment on Exposure Draft 62 Sought by December 31, 2017

Aug 24, 2017 | New York, New York | English

The International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board® (IPSASB®) has released Exposure Draft (ED) 62, Financial Instruments, for comment. It is based on International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) 9, Financial Instruments, developed by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB®).

The proposed new Standard will replace IPSAS 29, Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement, and improves that Standard’s requirements by introducing:

  • Simplified classification and measurement requirements for financial assets;
  • A forward looking impairment model; and
  • A flexible hedge accounting model.

“Accounting for financial instruments is an important but complex area for most governments. Although our existing standard IPSAS 29 includes guidance on a number of topics specific to the public sector, it is converged with the previous IFRS®” said IPSASB Chair Ian Carruthers. “Through incorporating the improvements in IFRS 9 financial reporting will be improved by ED 62.”

The IPSASB applied its Process for Reviewing and Modifying IASB Documents, to align ED 62 with IFRS 9, and includes appropriate public sector specific modifications. This approach builds on public and private sector best-practice while addressing unique public sector features. ED 62 includes public sector specific guidance on financial guarantees issued through non-exchange transactions and concessionary loans and examples illustrating how to apply the principles in ED 62 to transactions that are unique to the public sector.

How to Comment
To access the Exposure Draft and its summary At-a-Glance document, or to submit a comment, visit the IPSASB website at www.ipsasb.org. Comments on the Consultation Paper are requested by December 31, 2017. The IPSASB encourages IFAC members, associates, and regional accountancy organizations to promote the availability of this Exposure Draft to their members and employees.

About the IPSASB
The International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB) works to strengthen public financial management globally through the development of accrual-based International Public Sector Accounting Standards® (IPSAS®) and other guidance for use by governments and other public sector entities. It receives support from the Asian Development Bank, the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, the New Zealand External Reporting Board, and the governments of Canada and New Zealand. The structures and processes that support the operations of the IPSASB are facilitated by the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC). For copyright, trademark, and permissions information, please go to permissions or contact permissions@ifac.org.

About the Public Interest Committee
The governance and standard-setting activities of the IPSASB are overseen by the Public Interest Committee (PIC), to ensure that they follow due process and reflect the public interest. The PIC is comprised of individuals with expertise in public sector or financial reporting, and professional engagement in organizations that have an interest in promoting high-quality and internationally comparable financial information.

 
 
 

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