Congress Speakers Focus On Well-being

The 45th Fiji Institute of Accountants two-day annual congress concluded yesterday. The event was a success with more than 400 delegates and participants. Yesterday, Andrew May, Partner, KPMG Performance Clinic,
23 Apr 2017 11:11
Congress Speakers Focus On Well-being
Andrew May, Lawyer Richard Naidu, and Minister for Labour Jone Usamate . Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

The 45th Fiji Institute of Accountants two-day annual congress concluded yesterday.

The event was a success with more than 400 delegates and participants.

Yesterday, Andrew May, Partner, KPMG Performance Clinic, entertained the members of the congress with his opening presentation on Matchfit@40.

It focused on the four key elements of unlocking the brain and keeping the body healthy and fit.

These are psychology, physiology, productivity and recovery of the body and mind

“Continuing to perform at your best by stimulating your body and brain to be fit for work and life and being able to negate biological decline of the body and brain past 40 years of age is very important,” Mr May said.

He added one needed to have three to four hours of physical activities in a week and 10,000 steps per day.

“We should make sleep a priority,” he said.

Mr May concluded with five main points which he called the “5 quick wins” that one needed to practice.

These include:

Going to bed and get up at the same time

Switching off 45 minutes before bed time

Two to three recharge activities each week

Five to 10 minutes daily Hapa Hapa (chats)

Holly King, Technology Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

She said the main focus for Fiji was  to re-imagine the possibilities in exploring the world through technology.  Technology is moving unbelievably quickly and if you don’t keep up, you get too far behind.

“Fiji can’t do everything, maybe wants to pick two, three, or four things.

“Four ways that leverage technologies are; it is suitable for the infrastructure, for the population for the people for the climate and for the unique location and the resources that you have here and you really have to work with the government, with the private enterprises and citizens to agree on what you are going to do.”

She added that we need to plan and execute it because then you able to drive to enterprising and put yourself to a very unique spot.

“So my message is to be aware of all these things. Think about how technology is disrupting everything you are doing but you can’t do everything, so choose and make decisions wisely,” she said.

“I think we’re living in a world where security and privacy is also important. We need to share information so we can collaborate with each others as well.

“My resounding message is that there needs to be more work between citizens, government, foreign and local investors to work together and make decisions for Fiji to improve the future,” Mrs King said.


Tracey Ryan, NZ leader, climate change and sustainability

services, Ernst & Young Ltd

“Mega trends and disruption is something that business and companies, government and citizens are facing. This is a fascinating topic so the focus here is the resourcing planet.

“Challenges around climate change and sustainability and how that is really impacting businesses which are something to think about.”

Fiji is very vulnerable in relation to climate change with the impacts it has had, example, Tropical Cyclone Winston which struck the country last year, she said.

“The focus is to look at the megatrends and disruption and to look at some of the upsides of what’s coming out from mega trends in relation to changes in technology, the innovation, and the resourcefulness.

“Fiji needs to look at that and think about alliances, partnership and the opportunities that businesses can be faced with and particularly things like new technology around, solar panel etc.”

From an agricultural perspective and tourism, she said: “Hopefully what I would like people to do  is  to think in a more longer term, a lot of business focuses on short-term strategies so not only form alliances but also think about what to do in a very rapid environment like Fiji.

Mrs Ryan added Fiji’s presidency in COP23 was a huge opportunity to showcase what Fiji could do on the world scale.

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