Karachi, May 20, 2014 (PPI-OT): Under the auspices of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) KSA Chapter and Saudi Organization for Certified Public Accountants (SOCPA), the 3rd Saudi-Pak Symposium was held recently at the auditorium of the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Riyadh.
The theme of the event was “Financial Leadership – The Way Forward” and was attended by the major business leaders in KSA, CEO’s and CFO’s of leading corporates, senior partners of audit firms, and by members of ICAP and SOCPA in general.
Participants and speakers had flown in from varied parts of the region and wider destinations to contribute, communicate, educate and network at the most prestigious annual accountancy symposium event of the calendar in Riyadh.
The agenda, being at the heart of a successful event, included the Keynote Address by the renowned economist Dr. Muhammad Umer Chapra and followed by the Special Address by H.E. Eng. Abdulaziz Bin Abdullah Al-Zamil (Chairman of Zamil Group and former Minister of Industry and Electricity).
Other interesting topics included the Great Debate on “Developing Good Financial Leaders: Nature or Nurture?” and a technical Session on the IFRS transformation Agenda for Saudi Corporates.
Amongst other innovative sessions such as on mentoring and innovative thinking where Cloud computing was discussed; the event also included a special video address by the President of IFAC, Mr. Warren Allen.
Some notable speakers who graced the event with their thoughts included Honourable Khayyam Akbar (Pakistan’s Deputy Ambassador to KSA), Dr. Ahmed Almeghames (Secretary General SOCPA), Mr. Naeem Akhtar Sheikh (President ICAP) and Muhammad Iqbal (President ICAP KSA Chapter).
ICAP KSA Chapter also announced the inaugural ‘Most Valued Contribution to the Profession’ Awards and in recognition of their exceptional services, awards were given to Dr. Umar Chapra for Islamic Economics, Dr. Abdulrahman Alhumaid for International Financial Reporting Standards, Mr. Tariq Javed for Banking and Finance and Dr. Ahmad Almeghames for his contribution to Accounting and Auditing.
The event was widely appreciated for the calibre of the speakers, professional arrangements and the invaluable learning it imparted. The event ended with a vote of thanks by Muhammad Asif Iqbal, Secretary General of ICAP KSA Chapter.
For more information, contact:
Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP)
Chartered Accountants Avenue, Clifton
Phone: +9221 111-000-422
Fax: +9221 99251626
Cell: 0300 2128185