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Accountants set to hold confab

Published:Thursday | October 1, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Nigel Chambers

Someone who is inspiring Jamaica's competitiveness and the first female president of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) are among the speakers scheduled to address the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica (ICAJ) 50th anniversary conference this month.

Michael Fairbanks, whose most recent projects include advising the president of the Inter-American Development Bank on its opportunities for the majority initiative, headlines the stellar line-up of highly accomplished and authoritative speakers on valuations, pension, the environment and technology.

Fairbanks is complemented by Olivia Kirtley, a business consultant on strategic, risk and governance issues. Kirtley, who made history last year when she became the first woman to head the IFAC, arrives in the country later this month for the October 30-31 conference, which is themed 'Anticipating Change ... Adding Value'.

The event takes place at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston.

"The conference targets business leaders and professionals across the spectrum of small and medium enterprises (SME) to large entities in the private and public sectors," says Nigel Chambers, chairman of the Business Conference Committee.


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Chambers added that the conference team had put together an interesting programme that includes important economic, strategic, social and technical content that will address many of the global trends affecting busin esses and the profession.

"The ideas are intended to spur economic growth, considering the tight national budgets in the Caribbean," said Scott, adding that other areas to be ventilated include adjusting to changing demographics and social impacts; empowering SMEs to drive economic growth; developing world-class small and medium-size professional services firms; and supporting accountability in the public sector through governance, private sector engagement and accounting standards.

According to him, these areas will be complemented by an important aspect - the role, challenges and lessons from successful women in business.

Complete with a Jamaica Night party, Chambers said the ICAJ 50th anniversary conference offered a discounted rate for groups of six persons or more because it was important to reach a large cross section of the society.