During its official launch on 29 May 2013, ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) has promised to support Indonesia and its national body – Ikatan Akuntan Indonesia (IAI) in fulfilling the country’s urgent need for qualified professional accountants.
Over the course of the past months, ACCA has expanded its reach and engagements with various important stakeholders.
Mulyadi Setiakusuma, head of ACCA Indonesia, stated: 'We promised to support the Indonesian accounting profession and we have begun our effort to show our commitment. We are proud to announce the collaborations that have taken place and will take place very soon.'
ACCA gave a total of IDR 120 million worth of book prize awards to 10 leading universities in Indonesia - Universitas Indonesia, Universitas Bina Nusantara, Prasetiya Mulya Business School, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Universitas Surabaya, Universitas Tarumanagara, Universitas Trisakti, Universitas Padjadjaran, Universitas Katolik Parahyangan and STIE YKPN.
ACCA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Undergraduate Accounting Program of Prasetiya Mulya School of Business and Economics and University of Surabaya on 11 March 2014 and 15 March 2014 respectively.
'The Engagement between ACCA and FBE Universitas of Surabaya (Ubaya) facilitate the accounting students of FBE Ubaya to step into international business environment as global citizen', said officials from University of Surabaya. Whereas Head of Accounting Program of Prasetiya Mulya, Mr. Sandy Harianto, said: 'Collaboration between Prasetiya Mulya School of Business and Economics and ACCA is the first step for Prasetiya Mulya’s Accounting Program in preparing accountancy graduate to pursue international qualification and able to work for Multinational Companies in Indonesia and abroad.'
In an effort to educate the market on the importance of international qualification, ACCA did various collaborative events with British Chamber and Ikatan Akuntan Indonesia, in forms of seminars, radio talk shows and Train-the-Trainer sessions where top-notch expatriate lecturers were brought in to guide lecturers from many universities in Jakarta, Yogyakarta and Surabaya.
Daniel Hankinson, CFO of HSBC, commented that, 'Seeing the company’s strategic global partnership with ACCA, it is only natural to send our finance staffs to learn ACCA as part of the up-skilling process.'
ACCA is also organizing an inter-school accounting essay competition which is supported by Raffles Academy. The aim of this campaign is to jointly generate awareness among middle and high school students about accounting as a profession and engage them in exploring accounting as a career.
Council members of IAI, Ms. Elly Zarni Husin and Mr. Deny Poerhadiyanto, announced the upcoming joint CEO/CFO roundtable in April 2014. It is hoped the initiative will provide a sharing platform for employers and professionals in Indonesia.