ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) will be introducing a new special centre for the December 2013 examination session in Atyrau. This important milestone will address the needs of local students from the Western Kazakhstan region.
ACCA has recognised the need of providing a practical solution for students currently working towards qualifying as members. There are around 90 existing ACCA students in Western Kazakhstan currently undertaking the qualification through employers such as Exxon Mobil, British Gas, Eni, Shell (JV companies), Maersk, NCPOC and others. The ACCA Qualification is administered by the British Council, which is the exclusive delivery partner for ACCA in Kazakhstan.
Altyn Shakirkhanova, ACCA business development manager, said: 'ACCA has always strived to meet local needs of both students and members wherever possible. One of our main goals, especially when developing in a growing market, is to assist students to succeed in papers where they can.
'Many of our students work very hard to achieve the ACCA Qualification. The opening of the special examination centre in Atyrau should make the journey of converting to membership from being a student that much easier. We look forward to seeing the growth of the accountancy profession in Kazakhstan.'
Ms. Shakirkhanova concluded: 'Investment projects between the UK and Kazakhstan will benefit both economies and in order to ensure we remain a competitive partner, ACCA will continue to be invested in building capacity within the region.'
Simon Williams, the Director of the British Council in Kazakhstan said: 'The British Council has been administering the ACCA examination in Kazakhstan since 1998. It is the most sought-after professional qualification in the country and we are happy to support ACCA with opening a new examination centre in Atyrau, thereby helping even more Kazakhstani specialists to enhance their professional development.'