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1. Project Name

Accounting Message

Version: 1.0

2. Objectives

2.1. Purpose

The purpose of the project is to develop an Accounting Message standard model to fulfill accounting requirements in the production of accounting books with respect to generally admitted accounting principles.

2.2. Scope

A wide range of business events, resource consumption and agent actions require to track the economic value flow with entries into accounting books.
The scope for this project consists in building a standard accounting message needed for transmission of accounting elements, such as journal, ledger, trial balance, reporting, accounts chart, etc., required for bookkeeping, accounting and auditing practices. This message is used as well by supply, sales, procurement and financial chains within electronic business processes. This accounting message will be available to, and usable for all businesses activities enabling com-pletion of business scenario. The project includes all business sizes, internal as well as de-located accounting processes, domestic and international environments, single company and corporate, and concerns all activity domains.

3. Deliverables

The deliverables from the project are:
• A standard accounting message required to exchange accounting books between parties.
• Whether necessary: ABIEs, BBIEs, and CCs based on the UN/CEFACT Core Components Technical Specification.

4. Functional Expertise of Membership

The project team is a group of experts with a balanced profile of skills and expertise in information analysis, knowledge of accounting and auditing business data and in the presentation and documentation of technical material, either indi-vidually or collectively as a group.

5. Geographical Focus

The focus is global and cross-sectorial within the functional area of accounting and auditing business data. Each UN/CEFACT head of delegation may designate one or more experts to the project team. In doing so, they may delegate this task to one or more organizations, which may be national, regional or international. Experts are expected to contrib-ute to the work based solely on their expertise. Experts who wish to participate should contact the project lead - Michel Lesourd (mlesourd@wanadoo.fr ). The project editor is Robert Lemense (r.lemense@belgacom.net).
Note: It is understood that current TBG12 Accounting and Auditing members, who indicate so, will be included within the project.

6. Initial Contributions

The following contributions are submitted as part of this proposal. It is understood that these are only for consideration by the project team and that other participants may submit their own contributions in order to ensure the gathering of as much information as possible from those with expertise and a material interest in the project but at the same time allow diverse voices to comment on the details of the projects and ensures that no single organization can dominate the proc-ess:
• A number of international and national standard dictionaries of accounting and auditing business data definitions will be used.
The following have expressed an interest in making such contributions:

7. Project Management

7.1. Team

Project Chair Michel Lesourd
Editor Robert Lemense

7.2. Milestones

Estimated Open Development Process (ODP) milestone dates:

ODP Step ODP Name Estimated Completion Date Comment
1 Project Proposal 31.10.2007 Comment
2 Requirements List 01.10.2008 Comment
3 1st Working Draft 01.03.2009 Comment
4 Internal Review 01.04.2009 Comment
5 Public Review 27.05.2009 Comment
6 Implementation Verification 31.03.2010 Comment
7 Final Release 30.09.2010 Comment

8. Statement of Resource Requirements

Participants in the project shall provide resources for their own participation. The continued existence and functioning of the project team shall not require any additional resources from the UN/ECE secretariat other than:

  • Establishing and maintaining the project team's public Web site pages with appropriate links, document download facilities, and items of interest;
  • Establishing and maintaining the project team's public and private list servers.