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Vodafone, Westpac Pen CPA Congress Sponsorship Deal

Vodafone, Westpac Pen CPA Congress Sponsorship Deal
From left: Acting Vodafone Fiji chief executive officer Ronald Prasad, Fijian Holdings Limited Group CEO Nouzab Fareed, Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA) Congress Australia-Fiji president Uday Sen and Westpac Banking Corporation general manager Brett Hooker at the cheque handover in Suva on August 8, 2018. Photo: Sheldon Chanel
August 09
11:22 2018

Two corporate giants have signed on again as major sponsors for September’s Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA) Australia-Fiji congress.

Westpac Banking Corporation and Vodafone Fiji will sponsor the event for $75,000.

The sponsorship is in its 10th year running, meaning the two companies have been the event’s top sponsors since inception.

The annual congress will be held at the Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort and Spa, Yanuca Island, on September 13 and 14.

Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum will deliver the keynote address on day one.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum is also expected to participate in a panel discussion later that day.

The congress has a line-up of ten speakers from various sectors, including a talk by former New Zealand Rugby Sevens champion coach Sir Gordon Tietjens.

The theme of the congress is “Connecting the biggest minds.”

Organisers say they want to give sponsors and stakeholders access to an audience of policy makers and innovative thinkers from a wide variety of industries and professional levels.

“CPA Australia is one of the world’s largest accounting bodies with a global membership of more than 120,000 members in more than 120 countries,” said CPA Australia-Fiji president Uday Sen.

“CPA’s core activities include education, training, technical support and advocacy.

“Its staff members work together with local and international bodies to represent the views and concerns of the accounting profession to Governments, regulators, industries, academia and the general public.”

Some of the topics covered at the congress include management, leadership, entrepreneurship, innovation and cyber crime.

Westpac general manager Brett Hooker said: “Through our partnership with CPA and Vodafone we want to be able to tranform Fiji’s economy, to the benefit of our customers, our staff and all our businesses.

“The congress will provide an opportunity for everyone to network and forge relationships; it’s also a place where we can be challenged by thought leaders, the game changers and the technology innovators.”

The unique aspect of this year’s congress will be its focus on entrepreneurship.

It is an area whose pursuit is being actively encouraged in Fiji.

“When you look at the line-up of speakers at this year’s event, it’s not only accountants or people from the financial sector,” said Vodafone acting chief executive officer Ronald Prasad.

“It’s people from diverse business sectors and we see our contribution as helping develop a platform that allows people to come for networking and learning, especially for young people.”

Feedback:  sheldon.chanel@fijisun.com.fj

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