PRESIDENT’S REPORTLast Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 12:45
As a membership organisation, AIA exists solely for the benefit of members and the public: to provide the best educational and professional opportunities possible, to equip members with the skills and knowledge to succeed in the accountancy field, and to support and nurture careers. Conversely, AIA members are our best representatives, our most vital support, our most useful recruitment tool and showcase the best of the AIA.
It is one of the great privileges of my role as AIA President that I am fortunate to meet AIA members across the world: it gives me great enjoyment, and a valuable insight into the global accountancy profession. During my tenure I have attended numerous members' meetings around the globe and they have proven to be extremely beneficial in many ways, some as a catalyst for change, and others as a forum in which healthy and open debate can be exchanged, but all of them have afforded me the luxury of meeting influential and interesting people.
AIA's strategy for the past year has focused on consolidating the foundations of the Association, so we can build a robust, thriving and sustained future for our membership. As a recognised professional body, AIA is required to meet the exacting demands and standards of government regulators and this has had a significant impact over the years on ensuring that we offer relevant and high-quality qualifications that meet the needs of employers, the public and the demands of the profession.
Since 1928, the year of its foundation, AIA has always been a forward thinking and dynamic organisation that has pushed the boundaries of the accountancy profession. The initial objective in founding AIA was to provide a professional qualification that would encompass accountants around the world and form an association that would work on both a national and international scale - a concept unheard of in 1928. In an era of ever increasing globalisation, AIA remains committed to this grand vision, which showed amazing foresight on the part of our founding fathers.
Building on this and moving forward, our strategy remains dedicated to developing three key areas outlined previously: to ensure members have access to the best opportunities in education and careers, to furnish members with the tools needed to prosper in their chosen profession, and to offer support in members' professional life.