More than 700 finance and accountancy professionals gathered at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre on 12 November 2015 to listen to some of the best minds in the industry. Since the inaugural event in 2010, Singapore Accountancy Convention has established itself as an industry beacon – the premier event for the profession and the flagship event of the Institute.
Singapore Accountancy Convention 2015 addressed the implications of the digital economy for the accountancy profession, and how accountants must step up to seize the opportunities, as well as manage the threats, brought on by disruptive technologies.
As the business landscape and regulatory regimes become more complex, accountants are expected to take on more strategic roles in their organisations. The event aimed to help participants gain the latest industry knowledge to enable them to take the lead in navigating a rapidly-changing world, from a uniquely Asian perspective.
Throughout the day of insightful presentations, robust debates and lively discussions, participants gained valuable knowledge from distinguished business leaders, luminaries and industry partners including Olivia Kirtley, President, International Federation of Accountants; Anthony Harbinson, Chairman, Anti-Money Laundering Task Force, UK Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies; Andrew Harding, Managing Director, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants; Andrew Ratcliffe, President, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and Kenneth Yap, Chief Executive, Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority of Singapore.
Having journeyed with independent Singapore every step of the way, and joining in the joyous celebrations marking SG50, we are keen to broaden and deepen the role of the Singapore accountancy profession as one of the key contributors to the country’s economic development and nation-building.
ISCA Cares, a charity to champion giving by the accountancy profession, was launched at the Singapore Accountancy Convention 2015 Networking Dinner by ISCA Advisor Teo Ser Luck, Minister of State for Manpower.
ISCA Cares supports two charitable causes: Education and Community. The Education programme, which is targeted to take off in 2016, aims to raise S$1 million in its first year of establishment to help disadvantaged youths by subsidising their tuition fees and basic living expenses. The Community programme will begin in 2018.
In June 2015, ISCA became the first chartered accountancy body to be admitted to Chartered Accountants Worldwide since the group was founded in February 2013. As an Associate member, we join a group of leading global institutes of chartered accountants that are committed to enhancing the value of the Chartered Accountant brand.
Our entry into Chartered Accountants Worldwide is recognition that our members adhere to the highest professional, technical and ethical standards. Being part of the global organisation also enhances the stature of the Institute worldwide, and helps to raise the employability of Singapore accountants as the business environment becomes increasingly globalised.
The membership will enable us to deepen relations and partnership opportunities with other Chartered Accountants Worldwide member bodies, in line with Singapore’s vision to develop into a global accountancy hub by 2020.