FASB chairman tells US Congress about convergence progress

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09 Mar 2003

In Testimony (PDF 108k) on 4 March 2003 before a committee of the US House of Representatives, FASB Chairman Robert H.

Herz reported on progress toward convergence of US GAAP and IFRS:

In October 2002, we reached a historic agreement with the IASB to use our best-efforts to align our agendas and, very importantly, to undertake a specific project (with the help and support of the SEC staff) aimed at accelerating the convergence process by trying to eliminate or narrow some of the areas of difference between current US and international standards. Because there are literally hundreds of differences between US and international standards, realistically, this effort will still be ongoing, well beyond 2005 when Europe adopts international standards en masse. But we need to set this process in motion now, so that we can achieve greater progress in this important area going forward. The overall objective of international convergence is not convergence just for the sake of convergence, but rather to arrive at high-quality accounting solutions that improve the transparency of financial reporting in the US and abroad.

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