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This excerpt taken from the ABB 20-F filed Apr 19, 2006.

Other Matters

Our auditor, Ernst & Young AG has informed the Finance & Audit Committee of our Board of Directors that certain non-audit services performed for us by affiliates of Ernst & Young AG in several countries have raised questions regarding Ernst & Young’s independence in the performance of audit services. Ernst & Young AG has disclosed that, during 2005, its affiliate in Zimbabwe provided statutory bookkeeping services. Additionally, during 2004 or a prior year: its affiliate in Hong Kong received funds from an ABB subsidiary in Switzerland to be used to make tax payments of de minimis amounts on behalf of certain expatriate employees of one of our subsidiaries in Hong Kong and Ernst &Young’s affiliate paid such funds to the tax authorities; its affiliate in Sri Lanka provided certain payroll services for our employees in one of our subsidiaries in Sri Lanka; its affiliates in Singapore provided company secretary services; its affiliate in Poland provided expatriate related services to one of our subsidiaries; and the aggregate compensation paid for the above services was an immaterial amount and have represented that such activities did not impair the independence of Ernst & Young’s audits. Such services are generally not permitted under applicable auditor independence rules and have been discontinued. Ernst & Young AG and the Finance & Audit Committee have discussed these circumstances and Ernst & Young AG and the Finance & Audit Committee have concluded that Ernst & Young AG’s independence with respect to ABB has not been compromised by the provision of such services.

This excerpt taken from the ABB 20-F filed May 27, 2005.

Other Matters

        Our auditor, Ernst & Young AG has informed the Finance & Audit Committee of our Board of Directors that certain non-audit services performed for us by affiliates of Ernst & Young AG in several countries have raised questions regarding Ernst & Young's independence in the performance of audit services. Ernst & Young AG has disclosed that, during 2004 or a prior year: its affiliate in Hong Kong received funds from an ABB subsidiary in Switzerland to be used to make tax payments of de minimis amounts on behalf of certain expatriate employees of one of our subsidiaries in Hong Kong and Ernst &Young's affiliate paid such funds to the tax authorities; its affiliate in Sri Lanka provided certain payroll services for our employees in one of our subsidiaries in Sri Lanka; its affiliate in Kazakhstan provided personnel to assist us in the preparation of certain of our required tax filings; its affiliates in Singapore provided company secretary services to one of our subsidiaries; its affiliate in Poland provided expatriate related services to one of our subsidiaries; and the aggregate compensation paid for the above services was an immaterial amount. Such services are not permitted under applicable auditor independence rules. These services have been discontinued. Ernst & Young AG and the Finance & Audit Committee have discussed these circumstances and Ernst & Young AG and the Finance & Audit Committee have concluded that Ernst & Young AG's independence with respect to ABB has not been compromised by the provision of such services.

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