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Khalil Al-Sedais

KPMG forums to discuss IFRS impact on Saudi firms

RIYADH, April 22, 2018

KPMG Al Fozan & Partners, a top provider of audit, tax and advisory services in Saudi Arabia, will conduct six workshops next month to discuss the impact of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) adoption on Saudi companies.

The workshops will be held in Riyadh, Jeddah and Khobar between May 2 and 10. The workshops are to be presented by international and national experts and will be divided into two parts.

The first part is to focus on the new IFRS standards (Financial instruments (IFRS 9), Revenue (IFRS 15) and Leases (IFRS 16) and the second part shall focus on strengthening the small and medium-sized entities’ knowledge about IFRS for SMEs.

Both sessions will have a significant impact on most companies and across industries and the impact will not be limited just to the financial results, but will also impact entities’ financial KPIs and their systems and processes.

Khalil Al-Sedais, managing partner of the Riyadh office, stressed the importance of advancing the level of awareness among Saudi companies about the latest developments and changes made to the IFRS and how they are practically applied.

He pointed out that the adoption of the IFRS by the unlisted companies at the beginning of this year aimed to advance the level of trust in the quality of financial information about companies’ performance and to promote transparency and disclosure in financial reporting.

All Saudi companies, except those listed in the capital market, have to apply International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) from January 2018. Companies listed in the capital market adopted IFRS effective January 1, 2017.

Entities of any size, as long as the entity does not have public accountability and publishes general purpose financial statements for external users, can elect to apply the International Financial Reporting standard for small and medium-sized entities (IFRS for SMEs) instead of applying the full IFRS. For those entities that qualify for IFRS for SMEs, an important decision needs to be made, to either follow the full IFRS or to apply the option of using IFRS for SMEs, which is a simplified, IFRS-based accounting framework, a statement said.

The six workshops are being held as part of KPMG’s continued efforts to provide information to private sector companies on the latest developments in the fields of accounting and auditing and making them familiar with major changes and differences between both the international standards and the national standards. - TradeArabia News Service




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