Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Alliance

Congratulations to Anton Colella, the Chief Executive of ICAS, who has been elected Chair of the Global Accounting Alliance (the umbrella body which represents more than 775,000 accountants around the world).

Anton takes up the two-year non-executive position from November.

As I noted back in April 2006, the GAA proves that ICAS and ICAEW can work together!

I also noted the following:

"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

Note, for reasons best known the the GAA and the ICAEW, the www.globalaccountingalliance.co.uk website leads nowhere now  (even though it is still owned by the ICAEW).

Why is that then?

Details about the appointment (below) are provided by ICAS:

The Global Accounting Alliance (GAA) is an alliance of leading professional accountancy bodies. It was created to promote quality services, share information and collaborate on international issues. The GAA works with national regulators, governments and stakeholders to take a global lead for the profession. It is headquartered in Sydney.
The GAA operates in around 165 countries. Its members are The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA)
Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA)
Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA)
Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
Chartered Accountants Ireland (ICAI)
Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)
The Japanese Institute of Certified Public Accountants (JICPA)
New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA)
South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA)
Institut der Wirtschaftspr├╝fer in Deutschland e.V. (IDW)

Anton Colella said, "It is a great honour to be appointed as Chair of such a prestigious global body, representing more than three quarters of a million accountants.  This is an interesting and pivotal time for the accountancy profession.  ICAS and the other 10 membership bodies of the GAA collaborate closely to ensure we speak together and are a leading voice on the key international issues that surround our profession.  The shared expertise of the GAA is a gateway for accountants to grow and develop in what is becoming one of the first professions to be truly global.

Anton was appointed Chief Executive of ICAS in 2006. 

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