Dubai financial services regulator signs auditor oversight agreement with global body

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A memorandum of understanding was signed at a plenary session in Tokyo (Source: Dubai Financial Services Authority)

Dubai's financial services watchdog has signed an agreement with a global group of regulators to bolster co-operation on auditor oversight.

The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) joined 21 regulators from International Forum of Independent Audit Regulators’ (IFIAR) by signing a memorandum of understanding at a plenary meeting in Tokyo earlier today.

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The IFIAR is made up of 52 independent audit regulators from around the world including UK's Financial Reporting Council (FRC) and the US' Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). It was set up in 2006 as a forum for regulators to share knowledge of the audit market environment.

The memorandum, signed by the DFSA's chief executive Ian Johnson, aims to encourage and strengthen information sharing and co-operation and to offer mutual assistance among IFIAR members.

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Johnson said: “We have always placed a high priority on co-operation and our ability to share information and assist fellow regulators. In signing this memorandum, we continue to affirm our commitment to international co-operation.

“Audit has become a borderless activity and it is important that audit regulators are able to co-operate seamlessly in a challenging business environment."

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