The 2018 Ministerial Conference on ‘High-Quality Financial Information & Economic Integration’ will be held on 27 November at the Hofburg Congress Centre in Vienna, with a week of side events before and after the conference. The event is organised by the World Bank's Centre for Financial Reporting Reform and hosted by the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The conference is a joint event of the STAREP, EU-REPARIS, and PULSAR regional programmes, which support enhanced financial reporting practices in the private and public sectors, in the EU-Eastern Partnership countries and the Western Balkans.
STAREP is an EU4Business programme on Strengthening Auditing and Reporting in the Eastern Partnership.
The Ministerial Conference 2018 will convene some 250 high level delegates, including minsters of finance, financial regulators, business leaders, professional and academic communities in Europe and Central Asia and experts from key international and EU institutions. Participants will explore how financial information can help mitigate risks and support economic integration, the role international accounting standards play in integrating capital markets and the impact of technology on financial reporting.
A number of side events will also take place before and after the Ministerial Conference.
Key Dates and Events:
- November 26: Senior Officials Workshop (for senior policymakers in public and private sector financial accountability and transparency)
- November 27: Ministerial Conference
- November 26 and 27: Financial Sector Supervisors’ Forum
- November 28-29: Accounting Education Community of Practice Workshops
- November 28-29: Financial Reporting and Accounting Community of Practice Workshops
The EU4Business STAREP programme (Strengthening Auditing and Reporting in the Eastern Partnership) is an EU-funded regional programme implemented by the World Bank’s Centre for Financial Reporting Reform (CFRR) for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. STAREP helps participating countries to modernise corporate financial reporting frameworks and raise the capacity of local institutions to implement these frameworks effectively.