The annual forum of the APSF are structured to promote timely sharing and to provide a learning experience for all participants, with no formal distinction between speakers and participants. The key themes discussed continue to evolve organically, reflecting previous discussions as well as suggestions made in ongoing conversations between participants.
The APSF initiative has grown in relevance year on year, since the first roundtable in Sinaia, Romania, in 2012. It has continued to attract increasing participation not only by professional accountancy organisations (PAOs) and industry associations, but also by national public oversight boards (POBs), European Institutions, the World Bank Centre for Financial Reporting Reform, international standard-setters and other external stakeholders.
The growing interaction with external stakeholders is very much in line with the underlying philosophy of encouraging and assisting PAOs to strengthen their relevance and contribution to their national economies and the public interest.