ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) gave an extravagant welcome to the newly qualified ACCA professionals in the country at the New Member Ceremonies held in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.
Themed ‘Shaping the future in uncertain times’, the events were a living proof of how ACCA is enabling its members to think ahead and turn challenges into opportunities for the benefit of the society. The events celebrated over 700 newly inducted ACCA members and fellow members who come from diverse backgrounds but follow the same journey as their peers globally. The events also recognised ACCA’s prizewinning students, newly awarded approved employers, Practical Experience Supervisors and winners of ACCA advocacy awards.
ACCA’s head of Pakistan, Assad Hameed Khan, initiated the ceremonies by welcoming the new members including fellows and high achievers, emphasising on the vital role played by professional accountants in nation building as well as contribution towards an inclusive, resilient and sustainable national economic growth.
Speaking to the new members, ACCA President, Joseph Owoloabi, said:‘Accountancy is an increasingly meritocratic profession, where the content of your character and the quality of your mind and your work mean much more than nationality or background. Your global credentials mean that the welcome mat will be rolled out for you by top employers all over the world, in all of the 178 countries where our members are active.’
In a video message, President Dr Arif Alvi, said, ‘ACCAs certainly have the potential to change and rebuild the economy of Pakistan. The accountancy profession plays a central role in the economic development of any country. Accountants are uniquely placed to help drive transparency and be at the forefront of the global fight against corruption.
Chief Guest at the ceremony in Lahore, Governor Punjab, Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman, said, ‘Pakistan looks forward to ACCA’s strategic business leadership for a better tomorrow.’
Notable leaders who spoke at the new member ceremonies included Kabeer Naqvi, President & CEO, U Microfinance Bank, Faisal Mushtaq, CEO, TMUC, Muhammad Azfar Ahsan, Founder, Nutshell Group, Faisal Qamar, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Decibel HRMS and Sajid Hussain, CEO, SKANS School of Accountancy.
Seed Ventures joined ACCA as this year’s co-organisers. Bank Islami and The Coca-Cola Company were the Strategic Partners. Platinum Partners included SKANS School of Accountancy, U Microfinance Bank, and The Millennium Universal College. Telenor Group Adroit Accountax/ Obox Accounting, National Clearing Company of Pakistan Limited, National Disaster Risk Management Fund, Tabani’s School of Accountancy, PAC Group of Colleges and Mirchawala’s Hub of Accountancy supported as Gold Partners. TCM – The Centrum Media joined as Outreach Partner and KPMG and Nutshell Group were the Knowledge Partners.
The event was also supported by the Pakistan Business Council (PBC), Pakistan Stock Exchange, Special Technology Zones Authority, Pakistan Software Houses Association, KP Board of Investment and Trade, The Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business (PBC), ICMA Pakistan, National Incubation Center, Universal Service Fund, Punjab Board of Investment & Trade, Punjab Information Technology Board, Central Power Purchasing Agency, and the CFA Society Pakistan.
ACCA has more than 227,000 fully qualified members and 544,000 future members worldwide. They’re among the world’s best-qualified and most highly sought-after business professionals – and they work in every sector, everywhere in the world.