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Congress date set

Filipe Naigulevu
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

GROWTH through synergy, collaboration, innovation and resilience.

This theme will set the basis of discussions at the 46th annual Fiji Institute of Accountants (FIA) Congress scheduled for May 18 and 19 at the Shangri-La's Fijian Resort in Sigatoka.

Confirming the dates and program of the congress, FIA president Finau Nagera said the two-day premium business event would feature a variety of speakers from Fiji, the region and a number of international speakers.

"FIA believes that growth is reliant on synergies which can be achieved through effective collaboration, innovation and resilience," Ms Nagera said.

"And a common thread that runs through these subthemes is the human element which is our most important business asset — with an energised, motivated, skilled and healthy workforce."

Some of the other topics that would be discussed at the congress include cybercrime, change management, people management, innovation, resilience, leadership, conflict resolution, technology, communications and media.

According to FIA council member and chairperson of the FIA congress committee Rajeshwar Singh, a total of 10 speakers have been scheduled for the congress including the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) president Rachel Grimes.

"This year we have put a high end quality of speakers, and we are very fortunate for the President of Fiji has accepted our invitation to be the keynote speaker," Mr Singh said.

With 400 delegates anticipated for the event, the congress will also include the FIA annual general meeting and its annual awards night to recognise notable achievements and contribution by FIA members.

"In terms of subject matter and the quality of speakers, cybercrime being the most important one, we will have a panel discussion on that also and people management, people being the centre of it," Mr Singh said.

"The pulse of the economy and who really knows about as we are the numbers people, but along the way it is not about numbers.

"The program is more talking about what impacts the business, what impacts the engine of growth which is the private sector, and how do you bring together the public and private sector towards developing the economy."

The FIA congress will again this year be jointly sponsored by Vodafone Fiji and Westpac including support sponsors Sun Insurance, Carpenters Motors, CA ANZ (Chartered Accountants Australia, New Zealand) Konitiki Finance, British American Tobacco, Datec Fiji Ltd, Pure Fiji, Coca-Cola Amatil, Shangri-La's Fijian Resort and Spa including Fiji Water.

Registration forms are now available at the FIA office along Berry Rd in Suva or could be downloaded from

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