400 To Attend Fiji Institute Of Accountants Congress Today
The 2017 Fiji Institute of Accountants congress, under the leadership and guidance of its president, Jerome Kado, and the organising committee, will commence today.
About 400 accounting professionals and business leaders will converge at the Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort and Spa, Yanuca Island, for the two-day annual event.
The delegates will hear from eminent speakers from Fiji and abroad.
Mr Kado regretted Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama’s unavailability as he was invited to open the congress.
He said there won’t be any chief guest keynote address at the event but the programme timings remained the same.
“It was too late for the committee to find a replacement; it would also give all the speakers more time to speak,” Mr Kado said.
“Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, who was the intended chief guest, is unable to officiate due to some very urgent matters.
“His unavailability is regretted, as he was invited specifically to deliver the keynote address and to share his thoughts on the way forward for the country, in view of the global challenges and Fiji adapting to the same.
“However, the high calibre of local and international speakers, panel discussions and debate will ensure a wide engagement with delegates on key topics of national interest during the congress, coupled with key issues and outcomes, which can be included in the institute’s submission on the National Budget for 2017/2018,” Mr Kado said.
Andrew May, a speaker at the congress, last night stressed in an interview the importance of staying fit and healthy at the age range of 50’s-70’s.
“Staying fit to work is very important because of four reasons and these include;
n Promoting to senior age positions;
n Lifetime pressures which include children and family commitments;
n We don’t exercise as much; and
n Body and brain change.”
He added it was important to work hard and have some time to relax the body and brain as well.
Tracey Ryan, also a speaker, said the mega trend and disruptions was something that businesses should be aware of.
“For me, this is a fascinating topic and is something that Fiji needs to focus on due to the change in climate and the sustainability of climate change which is impacting businesses.
“The focus is to look at some of the things that Fiji will have to beware of, from the agriculture perspective to tourism, so people need to think in longer terms and not only focus on the short terms strategy.”
Another key speaker, Rod Jackson, said he had a good perspective of what’s happening around the globe and he knew more on the mega trends that’s shaping the world.
Mr Jackson thinks that it’s something both the government and businesses should think about.
“It is important to know what the mega trends mean in one’s own business and what they think about in shaping their strategy and their business in Fiji,” he said.
Mr Jackson had visited Fiji a few times as a tourist and this was his second time visiting as a speaker at the congress.
There will be panel discussions with top people involved.
Registration of delegates will commence at 7.30am, and the Congress proper will begin at 9.55am.
Edited by: Ivamere Nataro