SEC Chairman Cox addresses IOSCO on IFRSs

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02 Jun 2008

At the 33rd annual meeting of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) US SEC Chairman Christopher Cox spoke on International Financial Reporting Standards: The Promise of Transparency and Comparability for the Benefit of Investors Around the Globe. In his comments, Chairman Cox discussed the benefits of a single global set of financial reporting standards and identified five critical qualities for success of IFRSs.

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In order for IFRS to fulfill the promise it holds to be a uniter of the world's capital markets and a powerful tool for investors everywhere, there are a handful of principles that are critical to its success. Every one of us here today needs to see to it that these principles are applied:

  • The first key success factor for IFRS is that the standards be crafted in the interest of investors. That has to be their overarching purpose.
  • The second is that the standard setting process be transparent. That is essential not only to maintain investor confidence, but to ensure the integrity and quality of the standards.
  • The third is that the standard setter must be independent. That means independent from special pleaders, from the political process, from favored industries or industry players, and from national or regional biases.
  • Fourth, the standard setter must be accountable. This means ensuring that IFRS actually meet the needs of investors and other stakeholders, and that they are updated in a timely way.
  • And fifth and finally, it is vitally important that all of the stakeholders themselves participate in the standard setting process in order to ensure the continued success of IFRS.

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