Jamaica hosting C'bean chartered accountants conference

Friday, March 25, 2011    

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APPROXIMATELY 1,000 chartered accountants from across the Caribbean are scheduled to meet over three days in June at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston to discuss issues relevant to their profession.

According to Archibald Campbell, president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica (ICAJ), the June 23 to 25 conference "will be a catalyst for change" in how chartered accountants think and do things.

"We have engaged an exciting mix of local and international presenters for the event," Campbell told guests at the conference media launch Wednesday, adding that the presenters will highlight issues that are informative, stimulating and relevant to accountants and other professionals.

The event — the 29th Caribbean Conference of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Caribbean (ICAC) — is being hosted by the ICAJ, which last hosted this conference in 2003 at the Ritz Carlton, Montego Bay.

Key speakers will be Professor Henri Ghesquiere, author of Singapore's Success: Engineering Economic Growth; Professor Michael Fairbanks, co-founder of SEVEN, a philanthropic foundation run by entrepreneurs whose strategy is to provide enterprise solutions to global poverty; and Carolyn Purcell, senior director, Cisco Systems Inc.

The conference is being held under the banner 'Third to First - Going the Distance' and will see delegates examining developmental strategies engaged by countries, such as Singapore as a model for the transformation of the region's economies from "developing" to First World status, while emulating the region's success in track and field in overcoming challenges to achieve top ranking in the world.

The technical segment of the programme will be organised around four "Tracks" as follows:

Track 1 — Clearing the Hurdles through Information and Communication Technology

* Opportunities and threats through increased application of information and communication technology;

* Managing risks to explore opportunities; and

* Future technologies and their potential to change the region.

Track 2 — Staying the Course

* Good governance and the role of international standards as a driver of growth; and

* The accounting profession's contribution to economic recovery and sustainable development.

Track 3 — Going for Gold - From Talent to Business

* Human capital development and performance improvement; and

* Winning strategies for the region.

Track 4 — Breaking the Record

* Brand development, recognition and valuation ideas;

* Opportunities for wealth creation; and

* Recreating the region as a centre of excellence - at a level beyond the imagination.

The conference programme is being designed to attract the interest of professional accountants, student members and related professionals, such as information technology managers, human capital managers, venture capital managers, business valuators, internal auditors, forensic accountants and users of financial statements.

Delegates are principally drawn from the member bodies of the ICAC, other affiliates and finance professionals from across the Caribbean. The ICAC members represent more than 3,000 accounting and finance professionals in the Caribbean from public practice, industry and Government.

Affiliates of the ICAC include global accounting bodies, such as the International Federation of Accountants, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Certified General Accountants of Canada, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Certified Management Accountant - Canada.

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