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IMG_0275We hosted a joint roundtable with United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on “Accounting for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” on 5 October. The SDGs are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. It has been estimated that across Asia, the SDGs have the potential to usher in new market opportunities worth $5 trillion by 2030. ACCA is exploring the role of the profession in delivering the SDGs and the findings from this lively session will contributed to the report “Sustainable Development Goals” released on 1 Nov 2017.
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From Brian McEnery, ACCA president

It’s almost a year since we announced our strategic alliance with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ). It’s been an exciting 12 months and I’ve been really pleased with the benefits and value the alliance has created. To see members meeting and sharing insights at events across the Asia Pacific region and in the UK has really brought home to me the importance of what we are trying to achieve.

I’ve recently returned from a summit meeting in Singapore with the president of CA ANZ, along with other senior member representatives and key employees, where we assessed progress and explored opportunities to further deepen the relationship.

The alliance has increased the profile of both designations worldwide, through joint research such as the G20 public trust in tax report we co-produced which looked at people’s views on taxation across G20 nations. The work, which we also carried out with the International Federation of Accountants, made headlines across the world.

We’ve also increased the range of CPD resources available to members globally by sharing learning opportunities, covering a wide range of topics which have been delivered in both online and face-to-face formats.

Going forward we want to further strengthen the way we work together and have agreed we will co-locate a small number of employee teams in London, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong. This important step will see teams developing combined strategies that will benefit members and business, and will help them create more joint member events.

At the meeting, we also reiterated the purpose of the alliance, which is to:
• increase the profile of both brands worldwide
• enhance support to members and wider stakeholders
• contribute to the development of the profession and business world
• demonstrate the strength of a progressive alliance across the accounting sector.

I look forward to reporting on further progress. In the meantime, you can find more information about the CPD opportunities and access our special joint publication Reach, highlighting key challenges facing accountants across the world, at