Date posted: 9/11/2018 4 min read

World Congress of Accountants 2018: day 4 highlights

Key insights from this iconic global event at the ICC in Sydney.

In Brief

  • Members not able to attend WCOA can access coverage from selected sessions
  • Content coverage includes overview of selected keynotes and speaker interviews
  • Day 4 Highlights include: Decoding the business landscape in Asia, and Young accountants changing the world

Nearly 5000 delegates from around the world are currently at the ICC in Sydney to attend the World Congress of Accountants until 8 November.

The Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand team is providing daily insights from selected sessions for those who cannot attend. Here are the coverage highlights from day 3:

Decoding the business landscape in Asia

Marco Carlei, CEO, ShineWing International

Kon Yin Tong, President, ASEAN Federation of Accountants

John Donnelly, Director Professional Services, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Zhang Ke, Chairman, ShineWing

Accountants have significant opportunities in the fast-growth markets of China and ASEAN but must bring a unique value proposition and build local cultural understanding if they are to succeed.

The opportunity is not just servicing the primary industries involved in construction and infrastructure, but also servicing other professions such as architects and financial services.

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Young accountants changing the world

Shelley Cable, Senior Consultant, PwC’s Indigenous Consulting

Charlotte Hayes, Chief Financial Officer, Invictus Games Sydney 2018

Priya Singh, General Manager, Enterprise Data and Financial Excellence, Fonterra

Young accountants say the profession has the potential to empower communities and change the world if it can adopt a fresh perspective.

Shelley Cable says that accountants should help explain "anything", not just financial information. "Since when do we accountants limit our scope of accounting for one thing?"

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