ACCA (ASSOCIATION OF CHARTERED CERTIFIED ACCOUNTANTS) PAKISTAN

July 07 - 13, 2008

ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the largest and fastest-growing global professional accountancy body with 325,000 students and 122,000 members in 170 countries. Our aim is to be a global leader in the profession by offering the first choice qualification to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.

ACCA's reputation is grounded in 100 years of providing accounting and financial qualifications. We complement our long traditions with modern thinking. With a predominantly young and dynamic membership, we aim to create value for the profession and the business community through standards and services which are innovative, relevant and of the highest possible quality. ACCA commenced its operations in Pakistan through a part time office in 1997 and through a proactive advocacy role achieved tremendous growth resulting in full time ACCA offices established in Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi. At present, ACCA supports over 30,000 students and members in Pakistan.

We deliver our qualifications in partnership with many organizations. We work closely with nearly 40 CAT and ACCA tuition providers in Pakistan that are committed to providing quality education to the students in their respective regions. Complete details of ACCA Learning Partners in Pakistan are available on the ACCA Pakistan website. ACCA approved employers play a pivotal role in the recruitment, development and retention of the ACCA qualified employees in their organizations. ACCA has 8,500 employers registered worldwide including around 300 in Pakistan that are committed to the professional development of ACCA students and affiliates.

ACCA HITS CITYFM89 FOR A MUSICAL AND CHAT SHOW

As part of ACCA's commitment to engage students and members in various activities, ACCA Pakistan recently organized a musical and chat show on popular CityFM89 radio channel. The guests included Mr Arif Masud Mirza, head of ACCA Pakistan, Mr Akif Khan, member ACCA and Sr HR specialist and Suneeta Mithani, ACCA student.

Mr Arif Masud Mirza shared his experiences as an accountant in the UK and also as head of ACCA Pakistan. Answering to a question on how he is able to balance his professional and personal life, Mr Mirza said that he gives much importance in having a balance in life and he also encourages his staff to maintain the same lifestyle and follow the 9:00 to 5:00 office timings. Answering a question on the difference in accountants of past and present, he said technology has played a crucial role in transforming this profession.

Mr Akif Khan talked about the ACCA Qualification that gives an edge not only in the field of accountancy but also in any other field, such as Human Resources, management, etc. He also said that ACCA offers a variety of career choices for an individual and it does not restrict you to work in accounting profession.

Ms Suneeta Mithani talked about how she ended up doing ACCA despite belonging to a medical field prior to taking up ACCA Qualification. She also discussed about the scope of ACCA and her overall experience being a female working as an accountant, which is perceived as a male dominant field. According to her, it also gives an advantage, as females are better in customer dealing and people give more respect.

During the show, a number of songs recommended by the guests were played and a relevant question was asked to the listeners to which Ms Misbah Sabeeh from Karachi answered correctly and won a blackberry phone. A small ceremony was held at CityFM89 studio on 26 June to present the gift to Misbah in which she said "I feel really lucky to win this gift from ACCA especially on my birthday. It was the perfect gift for me as I love collecting hi-tech gadgets". While presenting the gift, Mr Shamez Mukhi, ACCA head of marketing and communications said that aim of the musical chit chat show was to inform young students and parents that accountants are not only experts in numbers but also champions in other fields like sports, music, painting, trekking, etc.