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We comment on proposed IASCF Constitution changes

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24 Feb 2005

We have posted (PDF 27k) in response to the IASCF's November 2004 Invitation to Comment titled Review of the IASC Foundation Constitution: Proposals for Change.

Click here for a Summary of the Proposed Constitution Changes. Here is an excerpt from our response:

The IASC Foundation has a vital role to play in achieving the goal of one set of high-quality global accounting standards. In protecting the independence of the International Accounting Standards Board, while ensuring its public accountability, it must balance the legitimate demands of constituents for access and responsiveness against the Board's need to develop high-quality accounting standards that serve the interests of those making economic decisions in an atmosphere that is free of political interference. However, the IASC Foundation must also work to achieve greater accountability and transparency in its own affairs, especially in the oversight of the IASB and its sub-groups (including the appointment, assessment and reappointment of Board Members) as well as the appointment and reappointment of the Trustees. We are disappointed that the proposals in the Invitation to Comment make such modest proposals for change and have not responded to many of the comments made by us in our comment letter of 11 February 2004 and our written evidence before the Trustees' Constitution Committee submitted on 20 May 2004, as well as by other respondents.

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