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1 BUSINESS WITH CONFIDENCE icaew.com Mark Campbell, Head of International Capacity Building 2 nd Africa Congress of Accountants (ACOA), Ghana May 2013 Shaping the accountancy profession on the continent

2 BUSINESS WITH CONFIDENCE icaew.com © ICAEW 2013 Shaping the accountancy profession on the continent 1. The journey & vision 2. Working with partners & stakeholders 3. Building strong national institutes 4. Thinking and working regionally Agenda:

3 BUSINESS WITH CONFIDENCE icaew.com © ICAEW 2013 Strengthening the accountancy profession – the journey & vision Low public and investor confidence Good and effective governance Current landscape Standards, codes and procedures A high quality professional qualification Services to members, the nation and the public Vision

4 BUSINESS WITH CONFIDENCE icaew.com © ICAEW 2013 The critical argument A strong economy needs a strong accountancy profession. A strong profession needs a strong national professional body. A strong professional body should lead the profession with: Good and effective governance. Standards, codes and procedures. A high quality professional qualification. Services to members, the nation and the public.

5 BUSINESS WITH CONFIDENCE icaew.com © ICAEW 2013 Shaping the accountancy profession on the continent 1. The journey & vision 2. Working with partners & stakeholders 3. Building strong national institutes 4. Thinking and working regionally Agenda:

6 BUSINESS WITH CONFIDENCE icaew.com © ICAEW Working with partners and stakeholders ICAEW advocates partnering and mentoring (twinning). Twinning strengthens the profession as a whole. We involve key stakeholders: Public sector Regulators Employers Education & training We identify strategic priorities with partner and deliver these.

7 BUSINESS WITH CONFIDENCE icaew.com © ICAEW Working with partners and stakeholders Delivering key reforms involves a balance between deep technical expertise and change management skills. To be successful, projects typically involve multiple interventions and steps to achieve the desired outcomes. ICAEW projects are managed on a break-even basis. ICAEW has worked closely with national professional bodies around the world including 5 in Africa ( ). We wish to see a model emerge where some ICAEW partners mentor/twin with other bodies on the continent.

8 BUSINESS WITH CONFIDENCE icaew.com © ICAEW 2013 Shaping the accountancy profession on the continent 1. The journey & vision 2. Working with partners & stakeholders 3. Building strong national institutes 4. Thinking and working regionally Agenda:

9 BUSINESS WITH CONFIDENCE icaew.com © ICAEW 2013 Building strong national institutes There are FOUR key areas of activity to strengthen a national body: A.Governance and capacity B.Standards, codes and procedures C.Professional qualification D.Services to members

10 BUSINESS WITH CONFIDENCE icaew.com © ICAEW 2013 A. Governance and capacity: goals 1.Strong national legislative authority. 2.Bye-laws that are up-to-date and practical. 3.High quality strategic plan for strengthening capacity. 4.Realistic business plans that are followed through. 5.A highly effective organisational structure and culture.

11 BUSINESS WITH CONFIDENCE icaew.com © ICAEW 2013 B. Standards codes and procedures: goals 1.Champion implementation of international standards. 2.Strengthen audit quality and the regulation of audit: Audit practice manuals. Audit quality monitoring. Technical services. Disciplinary procedures. 3.Strengthen the regulatory sector, sharing best practice.

12 BUSINESS WITH CONFIDENCE icaew.com © ICAEW 2013 C. Professional qualification: goals 1.A progressive syllabus benchmarked against the best. 2.Flexible exam rules and regulations. 3.Internationally benchmarked practical training regime. 4.High quality education and training provision. 5.Internationally benchmarked learning materials. 6.Marketing and brand strengthening.

13 BUSINESS WITH CONFIDENCE icaew.com © ICAEW 2013 D. Services to members & the nation: goals CPD and CPD monitoring. Support during transition. Advisory services. Technical materials. Events (forums etc). A public face.

14 BUSINESS WITH CONFIDENCE icaew.com © ICAEW 2013 A note on the competitive environment Some national bodies feel threated by foreign bodies. These situations often involve market competition for students. The market for students covers: The best and brightest. The volume market. Students attracted by international brands. Employers neutral towards the national qualification.

15 BUSINESS WITH CONFIDENCE icaew.com © ICAEW 2013 Some ways to address competition Embed legislative authority in the national body. Pursue a strategy that includes leading the profession. Work closely with key employers and other stakeholders. Modernise the syllabus and the overall qualification. Improve tuition provision and learning materials. Work across borders using mutual recognition. Engage professionals to strengthen marketing & brand.

16 BUSINESS WITH CONFIDENCE icaew.com © ICAEW 2013 Shaping the accountancy profession on the continent 1. The journey & vision 2. Working with partners & stakeholders 3. Building strong national institutes 4. Thinking and working regionally Agenda:

17 BUSINESS WITH CONFIDENCE icaew.com © ICAEW 2013 Thinking and working regionally Leadership initiatives for CEOs and directors. Mentoring workshops in brand strengthening. Mutual recognition arrangements between bodies. Regional shared services perhaps through PAFA: Audit quality monitoring. Syllabuses, learning materials and perhaps exams. A public sector paper.

18 BUSINESS WITH CONFIDENCE icaew.com © ICAEW 2013


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