Proving that the ICAEW and ICAS can work together they have announced, together with ICAI and six other accountancy bodies, the formation of the Global Accounting Alliance (GAA).
"Representing over 700,000 of the world's leading professional accountants, the Global Accounting Alliance will promote quality professional services, global membership support, share information and collaborate on important international issues.
The Alliance will work with national regulators, governments and stakeholders, through member-body collaboration, articulation of consensus views, and working in collaboration, where possible, with other international bodies."
If we can work together in this manner, why did we need to merge?
Unfortunately, Eric Anstee current head of the ICAEW, is still trying to flog the "dead horse" of merger. He is still interested in consolidation with CIPFA and CIMA.
However, he told Accountancy Age that he would have to speak to GAA members about merger plans.
Have I missed something here?
Surely the merger plans were rejected by the membership of the ICAEW last year?
Precisely why should he hold discussions with the GAA about merging?
What part of the word "No" does he not understand?
Update 17:15 27 April 2005
If you look up the registration of www.globalaccountingalliance.co.uk, you will see that it was registered on 15th September 2005 by the ICAEW.
This was before the merger motion was defeated in October 2005. This implies that the wheels were already in motion for the creation of the GAA.
Why then, if the ICAEW was working towards a global alliance at that stage, did they persist in telling the members that the most effective way of making our voice heard on the world/national stage was via merging with CIMA/CIPFA?
FYI, I have registered www.globalaccountingalliance.org.uk in my name, and will ensure that it redirects to this site in the next 48 hours.