Corporate Governance and Accounting Standards

Lately, the Oman economy has gone through various changes, bringing about a more market-situated economy. Especially, the monetary driving force reached out by the Sultanate of Oman had flagged the start of a positive pattern. The size of Oman industry is turning out to be a lot greater and the assumptions for different concerned gatherings are additionally expanding, which can be fulfilled simply by great Corporate Governance.

The significance of good Corporate Governance has additionally been progressively perceived by the business for improving the organizations’ seriousness, better corporate execution and better relationship with all stakeholders(1). In oman likewise the businesses have obliged to change their standards of Governance, for which, Oman organizations will presently be needed to make an ever increasing number of expand divulgences than have been making heretofore. This necessiates to stick to the uniform and legitimate bookkeeping principles, as the norms diminish tact, disparity and upgrades not just the level of straightforwardness in sharing of data with the gatherings concerned yet in addition strengthens the more extensive job the chiefs need to play for accomplishing Corporate goals amidst difficulties and misfortunes.

Here, the Corporate Governance is a willful, moral code of business worried about the ethics, morals, values, boundaries, direct and conduct of the organization and its administration. The corporate obligation starts with the chiefs who are the psyche and soul of a firm.

The Board is relied upon to go about as inner voice guardian of the corporate vision and mission, and devise the correct kind of frameworks for hierarchical viability and fulfillment of partners. Along these lines, the Corporate Governance is an arrangement of responsibility essentially guided towards the investors notwithstanding amplifying the investors’ welfare(2), where the discussion on exposure/straightforwardness issues of Corporate Governance in the end revolves around the appropriate bookkeeping norms and their practices and issues, as the utilization of bookkeeping guidelines give a ton of certainty to the corporate administration and make the divulgence more powerful and guarantee the great Corporate Governance to advance a sound venture environment.

Accordingly, the investigation of practices of bookkeeping guidelines is a significant and pertinent issue of good Corporate Governance in the current climate, as the norms are seen as a specialized reaction to call for better monetary bookkeeping and announcing; or as an impression of a general public’s changing assumptions for corporate conduct and a vehicle in social and political observing and control of the enterprise(3).


The old methods of specific and traditionalist detailing is yielding spot to more straightforward and intentional divulgences, on top of the evolving times. There is no option in contrast to receiving by the corporate elements of new guidelines of responsibility, where the responsibility is generally a matter of exposure, of straightforwardness, of disclosing an organization’s exercises to those to whom the organization has responsibilities(4) for example the revelation in basic, justifiable and tantamount structure, shapes plainly the reason for responsibility, which can be given just if organizations receive uniform bookkeeping arrangements and uncover satisfactory data about the bookkeeping norms followed. In this manner, bookkeeping guidelines guarantee the complete exposure of the corporate’s responsibility, which might be viewed as a great issue and a pre essential for good Corporate Governance.

An assessment of practices of bookkeeping norms, and their issues in Oman industry may assist with understanding the current acts of bookkeeping principles, which thus help in planning the viable standard practices in order to guarantee great Corporate Governance prompting a solid speculation climate.

In this unique situation, an endeavor is made here to inspect the bookkeeping norms and their practices in Oman, so as to fortify the bookkeeping principles and improve their practices for good Corporate Governance. The information for the investigation are acquired from the yearly reports (distributed during 2001-’02) of ten Omani organizations of various nature, chosen from the top organizations as far as resources. The example comprised of 6 private and 4 public organizations. The straightforward per centage technique is utilized to break down the information. The credibility of the information is checked with the assessments of the executives, who know about the organization issues and Corporate Governance. The corporates’ discernments on the significance of bookkeeping norms for good Corporate Governance with regards to Oman are additionally inspected.

Norms IN OMAN:

In any country, the mindfulness and seriousness among the corporates would be reinforced when they see one another and look at their presentation, for which the basic, reasonable and similar revelation is a significant instrument. The principle objective of revelation would be satisfied and the utility of the divulgence towards great Corporate Governance would be improved when the exposure is done based on uniform and steady bookkeeping guidelines. Hence, the turn of events and the act of uniform bookkeeping principles has become a fundamental element of Corporate Governance and the different bodies have been contributing their shrewdness to reinforce the guidelines to make the Corporate Governance more successful with regards to the changing professional workplace. The corporate administration is likewise now feeling the pressing factor for transforming bookkeeping practices and level of straightforwardness exuding from ready moneylenders, administrative offices, monetary investigators or more all, top managerial staff who understand that it is the nature of data which will decide how effectively they have released their duties towards the great Corporate Governance.

In Oman, however the fiscal summaries have been set up as per International Accounting principles gave by the International Accounting Standards Committee (IASC), translations gave by the Standing Interpretation Committee of the IASC and the necessities of the Commercial Companies Law of the Sultanate of Oman and the revelation prerequisites set out in the guidelines for exposure gave by the Capital Market Authority of the Sultanate of Oman, the divulgence is deficient and is a negative wonder to a country which wishes to be reinforced further, in light of the fact that it can’t want to tap the GDR market with lacking monetary exposures, since the more straightforward exercises of an organization administered by the legitimate bookkeeping norms, the more precisely will its protections be valued(5).

The International Accounting Standards continued in Oman industry are Presentation of Financial Statements (IAS 1); Inventories (IAS 2); Cash Flow Statements (IAS 7); Net Profit or Loss for the time frame (IAS 8); Fundamental Errors and Changes in Accounting arrangements (IAS 9); Events After the Balancesheet Date (IAS 10); Construction Contracts (IAS 11); Income Taxes (IAS 12); Segment Reporting (IAS 14); Effects of Changing Prices (IAS 15); Property, Plant and Equipment (IAS 16); Leases (IAS 17); Revenue (IAS 18); Employment Benefits (IAS 19); Accounting for Govt. Awards and Govt. Help (IAS 20); Effects of Changes in Foreign Exchange Rates (IAS 21); Business Combinations (IAS 22); Borrowing Costs (IAS 23); Related Party Disclosures (IAS 24); Retirement Benefit Plans (IAS 26); Consolidated Financial Statements (IAS 27); Investments in Associates (IAS 28), Hyperinflationary Economies (IAS 29); Banks and Similar Financial Institutions (IAS 30); Interests in Joint Ventures (IAS 31); Financial Instruments: Disclosure and Presentation (IAS 32); Earnings Per Share (IAS 33); Interim Financial Reporting (IAS 34); Discontinuing Operations (IAS 35); Impairment of Assets (IAS 36); Provisions, Contingent Liabilities and Assets (IAS 37); Intangible Assets (IAS 38); Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement (IAS 39); Investment Property (IAS 40); Agriculture (IAS 41).

In spite of the fact that the Oman business has been observing all the International Accounting Standards, by and by, some of them are not liberated from analysis because of certain intrinsic shortcomings. The acts of these norms in the Oman businesses and the holes are talked about in what follows so as to fortify them for guaranteeing the great Corporate Governance.


The essential and auxiliary information gathered from the select organizations are painstakingly analyzed to discover the degree of consistence with the bookkeeping principles and issues in corporate practices. A portion of the significant discoveries are as per the following:

I) Perceptions on the significance of Accounting Standards for Corporate Governance: Except one example of privately owned businesses which has not revealed its assessment, all others (90% of the example) have communicated the bookkeeping principles as more pertinent for Corporate Governance.

ii) Practices of Accounting Policies Disclosed in Annual Reports: most of the example organizations (80%) uncovered twenty to 25 approaches and the leftover is similarly disseminated between under twenty and in excess of 25 guidelines unveiled by the select organizations. All the select public restricted organizations have conformed to twenty to 25 bookkeeping norms.

iii) Practices of Inventory Valuation: The example organizations have embraced either the lower of cost or net feasible worth or moving normal strategies for the stock valuation.

iv) Practices of Preparation of Cash Flow Statement: All the select organizations have introduced income and changes in value proclamations.

v) Corporate Practices of Depreciation: The investigation uncovered that most of the example organizations (90%) have followed straight line technique for the calculation of deterioration and the leftover followed decreasing worth strategy. Further assessment uncovered that all example public organizations followed the straight line met