Dale Cooper attended the 3rd International Conference of the Australian Chapter of the Institute of Charted Accountants of India (ICAI), held in Sydney on 19 September 2014. The theme of the conference was Australia, India -- Changing Perspectives.
Participants came from Australia and India, as well as from several of ICAI's 20 overseas chapters. The agenda was diverse and wide-ranging, with many entertaining and inspirational speakers. Here are a few highlights.
- The ICAI is the second-largest accounting body in the world, with over 240,000 members. Mutual Recognition Agreements were renewed between the ICAI and CPA Australia, and between ICAI and ICA Australia.
- Alex Malley, CEO of CPA Australia, spoke about the importance of building communication channels, and his new book The Naked CEO.
- CA K Raghu, President of ICAI, spoke about the close relationship between India and Australia.
- Gitanjali Bajaj and Matthew Cridland from DLA Piper discussed the new Indian budget and the implications for Public Private Partnerships (PPPs).
- Anthony Tow provided an insight into 40K Globe's approach to innovation in the delivery of educational services to village children in India.
- CA T Manoharan, a past President of ICAI, provided an insightful summary of the current status of and future projections for the Indian economy.
Other presentations covered transfer pricing, GRC, bitcoins, characteristics of a good manager and developments in IFRS.