Dr Chen Yugui, deputy secretary general of the Accounting Standards Committee in Beijing, said the country was committed to adopting IAS.
He added, the committee had published 13 of 30 exposure drafts with the remainder expected by 2004.
‘So many of our standards are similar to IAS so we are comparable with other markets,’ he said. ‘We are having to speed up the settings of standards to ensure the flow of accounting information is possible when we enter the WTO.’
The committee is being financed by the World Bank and is being advised by Big Five firm E&Y Da Hua.
Meanwhile Dr Yugui welcomed Sir David Tweedie’s appointment as chairman of the revamped International Accounting Standards Committee.
‘Sir David is productive and experienced and we are confident a lot will be achieved under him. We applaud the decision,’ Yugui said.
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