On 16 November 2019 successful candidates gathered to celebrate their achievement in becoming AIA members. Held in Beijing, the graduation ceremony recognised the achievements of candidates who have successfully completed their qualifications. 

The graduation ceremony was attended by AIA President Les Bradley, AIA Chief Executive Philip Turnbull, AIA Director of Operations David Potts and honoured guests representing the Chinese Association of Chief Financial Officers (CACFO) Chairperson Madam Liu Hongwei and Secretary Pan Xiaojiang, and the British Embassy in Beijing Danny Pan. 

AIA President Les Bradley said that AIA’s original mission, begun over 90 years ago, remains the same: to create world class accountants. He encouraged the recent graduates to take full advantage of the benefits provided to them by holding an AIA qualification and celebrated the hard work and success achieved by every individual. 

Highlighting the tenth anniversary of AIA’s cooperation with the Chinese Association of Chief Financial Officers (CACFO), AIA’s President paid tribute to the foresight and hard work of its chairperson Madam Liu, saying “Together we have worked in partnership to strengthen international accounting in China and provide a deeper and more meaningful experience for our members, and I am grateful to welcome her here today to share in today’s special celebration. 

Madam Liu, Chairman of the Chinese Association of Chief Financial Officers (CACFO), stressed the importance of exchange and cooperation and noted that AIA and CACFO had agreed to further and strengthen their cooperation and develop management accounting with Chinese characteristics. Madam Liu further urged the new AIA members to fulfil the concept proposed by President Xi of becoming part of the Chinese dream and supporting the One Belt One Road initiative. 

AIA Chief Executive Philip Turnbull celebrated the success of the graduates and welcomed them to an inclusive family of International Accountants with heartfelt congratulations, saying that obtaining a qualification was a difficult task and members have had to show commitment and hard work. He noted that AIA promotes professionalism, adopting of international accounting standards and ethical behaviour. 

Special awards of recognition were presented to the Top 10 Graduates and awards for Leading International Accounting Professionals to Chen Liangyong and Wang Haiqing. An award for Outstanding Contribution was presented to Ma Yuping.