Welcome back to AB after the seasonal holiday. Our latest monthly roundup features an interview with Sharon Barnes-Simmonds FCCA, who swapped the world of film awards for a new role as CFO at Action Against Hunger Canada. As the profile reveals, Barnes-Simmonds has a deep drive to make an impact – and a difference to people’s lives.

We also look at how El Salvador in Central America has become the first country in the world to adopt bitcoin as legal tender. Our analysis uncovers both the challenges and opportunities that face finance professionals in this brave new world of cryptocurrencies.

In other news, we report the findings of an ACCA survey that reveal the extent of work to be done by governments to improve their public financial management (PFM) systems. Looking at survey responses from more than 1,500 ACCA members and affiliates on how governments responded to the pandemic and how PFM should now evolve to deal with future crises, the report paints a mixed global picture.

If you’re wanting to get ahead with your CPD units this year, we have an article offering tips on managing self-criticism, and an overview of the IASB’s plans for sustainability standards, among other pieces in our CPD section.

Finally, don’t forget that AB has been producing podcasts on a range of topics – so you can stay informed while walking off any holiday excesses.

We wish you every success in 2022.

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