ACCA Council (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) will be holding its biennial international meeting in the UAE in March 2014, with senior delegations visiting Bangladesh, Oman, Pakistan and Sri Lanka to better understand how the accountancy profession is supporting growing economies in the Middle East and South Asia (MESA).
These important meetings will enable Council members to learn first-hand from businesses, policymakers and learning providers how the economies of this broad and diverse region offer a wealth of potential.
Martin Turner, ACCA’s President, explains: 'ACCA is a global organisation, and it’s for this reason that ACCA Council has held a meeting away from London every two years since 2006. Council’s meeting is a concrete demonstration both of ACCA’s global credentials and its serious commitment to the country and regions visited.'
Stuart Dunlop, Director of MENASA region for ACCA, adds: 'The meetings and events we plan to hold during this time provide excellent opportunities for ACCA Council Members to meet with key stakeholders and engage with members. The visit will also reinforce ACCA’s commitment to the development of the Middle East and South Asia as a whole, as the region continues to provide significant employment opportunities for ACCA members in economies which are enjoying sustainable growth.'
To mark the occasion, a special edition of ACCA’s magazine Accounting & Business (A&B) has been produced, focusing on the three issues ACCA Council Members will be championing during their visit: Women in Finance; the future of Corporate Reporting and the value of ACCA’s members to the region, who bring skills as Complete Finance Professionals.
Susie Isaacson, head of ACCA UAE, says: 'It will be a real pleasure to welcome ACCA Council Members to Dubai. They have a busy itinerary that takes in meetings with the media, learning providers, businesses and policy makers, as well as meeting with fellow ACCA members. They will also welcome new ACCA members into the profession. We have a lot to show them about how we operate.'
Martin Turner concludes: 'My editorial in A&B asserts that the economic growth in this region means there are great opportunities for accountants to prove their value and their worth. I know from colleagues in this diverse region that professional accountants are needed to help capacity building grow further. It is finance professionals who will be at the forefront of providing the strategic leadership and the organisational stewardship needed for sustainable growth.'
- International Council meetings have previously taken place in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Beijing (People’s Republic of China), Prague (Czech Republic) and Nairobi (Kenya). In 2014, the meeting is being held for the first time in the MENASA region and the venue is Dubai (United Arab Emirates).