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Sen: Role Of Accountants Changing

Sen: Role Of Accountants Changing
Asco Motors chief executive officer Craig Sims (left) hands over the 2018 Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA) Australia-Fiji Congress sponsorship cheque to the president of CPA Australia-Fiji Uday Sen on August 14, 2018.
August 20
11:16 2018

The Australia-Fiji Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA) congress, a premier forum for accountants and business leaders, is less than a month away.

Fiji’s version of the annual event, themed ‘connecting the biggest minds,’ will be held on September 13 and 14 at Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort and Spa, Yanuca Island.

The congress has a line-up of 10 leading speakers from diverse professional backgrounds, including a talk by former New Zealand Rugby Sevens champion coach Sir Gordon Tietjens.

CPA Australia-Fiji president Uday Sen says it was important to regularly hold the congress, given the rapid new developments in the field of accounting.

“A lot of those developments, particularly performance and management trends, do not immediately become available to our local people,” Mr Sen said.

“Every year we bring in speakers to talk about issues affecting the profession and largely to cover topics which are important for the economy we operate in.

“Apart from that, we also cover topics which are important for our members and more particularly areas concerning performance, governance and improvement in productivity.”

Vodafone Fiji and Westpac Banking Corporation have injected a combined sum of $75,000 towards the event, signing on as major sponsors for the 10th year running.

Silver sponsor Asco Motors has increased its sponsorship from $30,000 to $37,060 for this year’s congress.

Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is expected to address the congress on day one.

Organisers of the event say the congress will give attendees a chance to “connect with hundreds of accounting and finance professionals.”

They will also get a chance to learn new and useful skills, and get ideas from the event’s local and international speakers, organisers say.

“What is also important is that we have covered topics such as entrepreneurship which is an area Fiji is putting a lot of effort in,” president Sen said.

“There are a number of initiatives we have locally to try and assist the development of entrepreneurs and we think the speakers at this year’s event can positively contribute to that.”

Apart from entrepreneurship, the topics covered at the congress include management, leadership, innovation and the threat of cyber crime to business.

“Accountants are no longer the traditional bean counters, as you will note; their work now starts from an ordinary book keeper right to group chief executive officer,” Mr Sen said.

“The changing economic and political climate always brings with it both opportunities and challenges.

“We are not covering the direct challenges and opportunities during the congress but what we are covering are issues and matters which accountants should be familiar with.”

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