In the run-up to the first anniversary of the landmark strategic alliance between the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ), both organisations have agreed to co-locate staff in a number of strategically critical markets.
At a summit meeting in Singapore convened to review year one progress, and identify opportunities to strengthen the relationship, it was agreed that teams in London, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong would co-locate.
Commenting on the decision, Brian McEnery FCCA, ACCA president said: “Over the last year, our strategic alliance has enabled us to provide powerful joint leadership on behalf of the profession in areas such as tax reform and integrated reporting.
“As we head towards the second year of this important relationship, we want to strengthen the way we work together by co-locating staff in order to work on key projects and initiatives and better support our members.”
Cassandra Crowley, CA ANZ president, said: “Our strategic alliance has increased the profile of both designations worldwide through initiatives such as our G20 public trust in tax project, in conjunction with the International Federation of Accountants.
“As we head into year two I am proud of the progress we have made in areas such as thought leadership, professional development and member support. Going forward we will continue to ensure we work together on behalf of our members and an increasingly global profession.”
Recent research undertaken by both organisations suggests strong support for the Alliance among members who see the benefits both in terms of increased global reach and brand strength.
CA ANZ and ACCA are now working on plans for the second year of the alliance by focussing on four key areas:
- Increasing the profile of both brands worldwide
- Enhancing support to members and wider stakeholders
- Contributing to the development of the profession and business world
- Demonstrating the strength of a progressive alliance across the accounting sector.