ACCA launched its new representative office in Jakarta today (30 May 2013). To mark the occasion, ACCA’s President, Professor Barry Cooper was in Indonesia for a series of engagements, including a gala dinner to commemorate the official launch. ACCA Indonesia is headed up by Mr. Mulyadi Setiakusuma, who has had an extensive career in senior leadership positions in the banking and finance industry.
ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants. It aims to offer business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.
ACCA supports its 154,000 members and 432,000 students in 170 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. ACCA works through a network of over 83 offices and centres, and more than 8,400 Approved Employers worldwide. Through its public interest remit, ACCA promotes appropriate regulation of accounting and conducts relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence.
Founded in 1904, ACCA believes that accountants bring value to economies in all stages of development and seeks to develop capacity in the profession and encourage adoption of global standards.
During his presentation at the ACCA-organised Finance Leaders Luncheon held on 29 May, Professor Cooper highlighted the role finance professionals play in creating a strong and sustainable economy, and in providing public value.
In his keynote address at the gala dinner for the grand launch of the office, Professor Cooper reiterated the necessity for capacity building in the finance function in Indonesia. He also shared his views about the future of finance leadership, and highlighted the need for complete finance professionals who are forward-looking, business ready, and more thoroughly prepared to take on strategic leadership roles.
The gala dinner was held at the Le Meridien Hotel, and was attended by more than 200 of Indonesia’s key business and finance leaders. Mr. Mark Canning, the British Ambassador to Indonesia, Ikatan Akuntan Indonesia Council members, representatives from the Ministry of Finance, and Mr. Achmad Kurniadi, Deputy of Investment Corporation, BKPM (Indonesia’s Investment Coordinating Board) were guests of honour at the gala dinner.
Professor Barry Cooper said, 'The primary aim of launching a representative office in Indonesia is to support the Republic of Indonesia in developing a sustainable pool of qualified accountants who will support the rapid economic progress of the country and provide for a robust governance framework.'
Mr. Mulyadi Setiakusuma said: 'ACCA is committed to building capacity in the accounting profession in Indonesia to bring benefits to the economy. Opening an office in Indonesia is how ACCA will support that vision and enable us to foster closer engagement locally with our students and members in Indonesia.'