Big Turnout For CPA Congress Tomorrow

The annual CPA Australia-Fiji Branch 2015 Congress will begin tomorrow at the Sheraton Fiji Resort on Denarau Island in Nadi. Given the unavailability of Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama who is
19 Aug 2015 09:57
Big Turnout For CPA Congress Tomorrow
Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Paul Cameron, Nigel Watts, Faiz Khan, Phil Richards and Jason Weir.

The annual CPA Australia-Fiji Branch 2015 Congress will begin tomorrow at the Sheraton Fiji Resort on Denarau Island in Nadi.

Given the unavailability of Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama who is on a diplomatic mission to India, the keynote speech will be delivered by the Minister for Finance and acting Prime Minister, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

The theme for this year’s congress is Business, Strategy, Leadership.

This event will feature a total of 14 speakers of which 10 are from overseas.

The congress will provide the opportunity to hear a range of professional and dynamic speakers in their respective fields.

With over 400 delegates registered to attend, the event seems to be getting bigger and better.

It also underscores the importance of this annual event for the accounting fraternity.

Below are some speakers from day 1 of the congress.



AIYAZ SAYED-KHAIYUM, Fijian Attorney-General and the Minister for Finance, Public Enterprises, Public Service & Communications

  • Since joining the Bainimarama Government in 2007, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum has initiated a comprehensive programme to modernise Fiji’s laws, by introducing decrees in such areas as domestic violence, corporate governance and criminal code.
  • He oversaw the formation of Fiji’s Independent Commission Against Corruption, the first of its kind in the country and region.
  • Mr Sayed-Khaiyum has been a leading proponent of forging public-private partnerships in a number of key sectors – including roads, ports, state-owned enterprises and the mahogany industry.
  • He also launched the Fijian Made and Buy Fijian Campaign to support Fijian businesses and promote Fijian products.
  • Mr Sayed-Khaiyum liberalised the telecommunications industry in Fiji, increasing access to mobile services, extending coverage to 95 per cent of the country, and making mobile connectivity more affordable.
  • To position Fiji as the IT leader in the region and as a preferred hub for data processing services, the he is overseeing the digitalisation of Government services.
  • He is also overseeing the implementation of a National Switch System- to which all banks and financial institutions will be required to connect.
  • This will facilitate easier and cheaper electronic transactions on the part of businesses and consumers and bank the unbanked.


PAUL CAMERON, CEO and cofounder of Booktrack


  • His company has developed the technology for synchronising movie-style soundtracks to eBooks.
  • Booktrack has been featured in more than 500 global media articles, has been a Top 10 Book App in 20 countries, and the recipient of many innovation and technology awards.
  • Most importantly, Booktrack is getting kids and adults reading again!!
  • Mr Cameron also has a strong Fijian connection!
  • He spent three years as a child in Suva and attended Veiuto Primary School.
  • He later trained as an Aeronautical Engineer before flying for over a decade as an officer with the Royal New Zealand Air Force on No. 5 Squadron P-3K Orion aircraft.


NIGEL WATTS, Founder and Managing Director of Future Platform Pty Ltd

  • An experienced and astute advisor and facilitator, committed to supporting individuals, teams and organisations to perform at optimal levels.
  • Initially trained as a sport psychologist, Mr Watts has worked with a wide range of organisations throughout his 25 years of running this business.
  • He has covered banking and finance, pharmaceutical, industrial and telecommunications clients.
  • He positively challenges teams and delivers insightful solutions aimed at commercial and cultural performance enhancement.
  • Key note speaking and facilitation of workshops and offsites is central to Mr Watt’s solutions.
  • He takes the time and understand and then co-ordinate discussions and activities through which executives and their teams can consider their individual and shared contributions within the organisational strategy and culture.
  • The focus is always to concentrate on key issues, crystallise information, align expectations and generate actionable solutions.
  • Through extensive preparation Nigel gains a detailed understanding of the business strategy, priorities, metrics and participant expectations to ensure each session is a success.

FAIZ KHAN, Executive chairman Airports Fiji, Pine Group of Companies and chairman Fiji Hardwood Ltd

  • Mr Faiz Khan attained his secondary education at Natabua High School in Lautoka.
  • In 1999 he obtained his Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Commerce with double major in Finance and Accounting at Bond University in Australia.
  • He believes in creating a fusion between legal principles and numbers for commercially-driven solutions for clients.
  • In doing so, he focuses on risks, opportunities, leverage, timing and time lag factors to find commercial resolution to disputes wherever possible.
  • In 2011 he was appointed as an independent director of Airports Fiji Ltd and the executive chairman of Pine Group of Companies.
  • He became the executive chairman of Airports Fiji Ltd in latter part of 2013. In 2015 he was given a further challenge as chairman of Fiji Hardwood Ltd.
  • As an executive chairman of two large state-owned entities, Mr Khan has been charged with restructuring their revenue and cost structures, and creating strategic long term directions particularly through planned capital upgrades and improvements to service.
  • Mr Khan has persistently persevered in improving the working conditions of the workforce in all organisations he has been involved in.
  • This has been with series of pay rises over last four years, unprecedented incentives such as 1.5 times unused sick leave bonuses, free and subsidised meal vouchers, etc.
  • Mr Khan believes in building relationships of mutual benefit with all stakeholders.




  • Is a qualified accountant. He started in business at the age 25 and had two multi-million-dollar business exits – An Optometry Chain and a FMCG Butter Chicken company during the GFC.
  • He was the inaugural winner of the Action International “Entrepreneur of the Year Award”.
  • His main business is SmartPayroll in New Zealand and Australia.
  • It is a large cloud payroll company processing pay for 100,000 employees every week and 15,000 business owners with over 1000 accountants using and referring it.
  • Currently Mr Richards is finishing his book – “Discover how to be an Entrepreneurial Accountant and unlock the wealth and freedom you’ve always desired”.
  • He is also an Angel Investor – MOBIT – a mobile marketing automation SaaS company in 5 countries, PETBOX – a SaaS pet food delivery business in the US.
  • Dreamfunda is a Crowdfunding site to help athletes raise money to achieve and follow their dreams and help Sports Clubs fund raising business in Australia and New Zealand.
  • In 2011-2012, Mr Richards bought 14 Accounting Practices and rolled them up into Smart Business Centre.


JASON WEIR, Partner, Deloitte Forensic

  • Mr Weir leads Deloitte’s Forensic team in Auckland. Is a Chartered Accountant and has specialised in forensic accounting and insolvency since 2002.
  • He is regularly engaged by companies, lawyers, insurers, public sector organisations, regulators and enforcement agencies to complete complex fraud and financial investigations and to quantify loss for commercial disputes and insurance claims.
  • Mr Weir has provided expert evidence in both civil and criminal matters in the High Court, District Court and Employment Relations Authority.
  • Deloitte Forensic also helps clients manage fraud and corruption risk.
  • Mr Weir is the “architect” of Deloitte’s Forensic Technology Services.
  • Deloitte Forensic is regularly called on to use sophisticated technology to help clients detect and investigate fraud and financial anomalies and to manage vast volumes of documents for investigation, litigation and regulatory.
  • Mr Weir is also called on to independently assess organisations in financial distress.




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