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2017 has been an eventful year. Many global and local events made huge impact on our professional and personal lives. Most significantly, it is the waves of rapid change in technology acceleration and innovative business models that has left its wake in the year that past.

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ACCA Singapore’s Ethics Film Festival 2017 promoted the importance of ethics to more than 800 members & Profession in Accounting.

With the objective of creating greater awareness of professionalism and ethics in accountancy and business; as well as to demonstrate that the ACCA Qualification leads the profession in championing ethics, the ACCA Ethics Film Festival was conceptualised as a refreshing way to lead up to the launch of the Ethics and Professional Skills module (EPSM).

The Festival screened films such as Unraveled, The Insider, Inside Job and Wizard of Lies. The movies were followed by discussions post-screening as well as professional development seminars to help the sector reflect and internalise the lessons.

Participants of the two-week long festival shared that the event was interesting as this was the first time a professional body is using films to promote a cause.

Ms Sylvie Soulier, our special guest from IESBA graced our opening film with a very engaging and inspiring keynote which put into perspective the relevance of ethical behaviours as a professional accountant.

What followed was an energetic exchange in an audience of 200 (although it was already 9pm), which dissected the opening movie “Unraveled” and explored the subject matter deeper.

The film festival received many accolades from members and partners.

‘The ACCA Film Festival is a wonderful way for us to learn and interact with like-minded professionals. Instead of classroom-based learning, which many of us may not be able to set aside time for, a movie is a great thought-provoking entertainment that we can all appreciate.  More importantly, it raises awareness of how we can deal with the challenges without compromising on our integrity. It was heartening to see a professional body use films to generate discussions over these issues’

  • Ng Kian Hui, Audit & Technical Partner, BDO LLP Singapore

Accounting professionals are expected to carry out their technical roles with highest standards of integrity, independence and skepticism; not just to guide their personal behavior, but also detect and deter any unethical behavior that may tarnish the profession’s reputation. The Film Festival was a novel way for us to showcase and propagate strong ethical standards through ethics in action and we are happy that the festival managed to bring that message through.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our festival supporters, partners and sponsors. Without whom, the festival wouldn’t have been successful.

To revisit some of the events you can watch them at the follow links:

  • Inspiring keynote by Ms Sylvie Soulier, our special guest from IESBA
  • Sharing session by whistleblower – Sylvian Mansotte and retired journalist Conrad Raj

 

13 Oct, 6.45PM @ GV Suntec City

Gala Dinner

The heart of a successful membership body is the committed network of  members  who live the values of the ACCA brand and advocate strongly for ACCA.

The ACCA Singapore Advocate of the Year Award is a great opportunity for us to recognise the contribution that your fellow members are making.

If you know any member who deserves to be applauded for their outstanding contribution to the profession and ACCA, we want to know who they are.

Help recognise  member advocates by submitting your nominations. We welcome self-nomination as well.

Winner of the ACCA Singapore Advocate of the Year Award in 2017 will be announced on as Members’ Night on 17 August 2017, and the member will automatically be entered for the regional ACCA Asia Pacific Advocate of the Year 2017 Award.

The ACCA Asia Pacific Advocate of the Year 2017 will be deliberated and announced at the ACCA International Assembly in late September 2017 culminating in the the global final will be held at the ACCA Council Dinner in 2018.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The award is open to all members in good standing* including retired members (on the retired register)
  • Nominations can only be made by members in good standing
  • Members can self-nominate or be nominated by another member

* No outstanding ACCA fees, CPD submission completed, Code of Conduct signed / Ethics module undertaken, not in a disciplinary process

Award criteria

The nominations will be judged by ACCA Singapore Office bearers and market head based on the criteria below. Nominee must describe and demonstrate one or more of the following:

  • How they have actively inspired the next generation of professional accountants by promoting ACCA and / or the profession in schools, colleges and universities
  • How they have actively supported students and fellow members to grow in their careers
  • How they have actively helped to build ACCA’s brand and reputation within Singapore
  • How they have contributed to ACCA in terms of thought leadership or through enabling ACCA to be seen as leading the profession within Singapore

 

Submissions are now open, and we hope to receive them before 28 July 2017

Please click here to download a copy of the nomination form.

Find out more about ACCA Singapore’s Member Advocacy Programme here:

https://sgblog.accaglobal.com/2015/09/01/acca-proud-members-advocacy-programme/

The biggest adventure for the ACCA Singapore team at the start of this year was a move from our home in Orchard to the financial hub of the island –Raffles Place, closer to some of our members and partners.

ACCA international office in Singapore was officially opened on 3rd May, by His Excellency, Mr Scott Wightman British High Commissioner to Singapore in the presence of over 50 guests from the Singapore Accountancy Commission (SAC), the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants, Institute of Internal Auditors, the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), approved employers, education institutions and approved learning providers.

We had Helen Brand, our Chief Executive of ACCA; Chaly Mah, Chairman of SAC; Belinda Young, ACCA Council Member and Amos Ng, Chairman of the ACCA Singapore Network Panel joined His Excellency in commemorating the occasion by signing off on a blockchain – timestamping it permanently.

The new office aims to drive innovation in the accountancy sectors in Singapore, Asia Pacific and Emerging Markets such as Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar, India, Russia and Latin America.

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From left to right:

  • Chaly Mah, Chairman, Singapore Accountancy Commission
  • Leong Soo Yee, Market Director, ACCA Asia Pacific
  • Belinda Young, Global Council member, ACCA Singapore
  • British High Commissioner to Singapore, Mr Scott Wightman
  • Helen Brand, Chief Executive, ACCA
  • Amos Ng, Chairman, Network Panel, ACCA Singapore
  • Reuter Chua, Country Head, ACCA Singapore
  • Pulkit Abrol, Head of Marketing, ACCA Emerging Markets

 

“I am immensely proud of the contribution ACCA members have consistently made over the past eight decades to cement the reputation of Singapore as a global financial centre. It’s wonderful for ACCA to be at the very heart of this amazing city and in this fantastic space” says Helen in her welcome address. We could not agree more!

A collective of young ACCA members (our energetic Generation Next leaders) took time to sit down with Helen and Belinda to share their plans about member-for-member initiatives and what aspirations they have for ACCA for the year. The session was very well received and we will keep you posted on the next development from our young ACCA members!

 

 

We hope that in our new home we can acknowledge and appreciate our rich 81 year history being here in Singapore, while also looking to our future vision. We will be here to support creating a future for our partners and members whom we serve.

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Exam Digest for March 2017 Exams
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