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300 expected to take part in chartered accountants’ meet in Oman


The majority of the participants are finance professionals representing India, Oman and other Gulf countries. – Shabin E./TIMES OF OMAN

Muscat: Around 300 people are expected to participate in a conference that Muscat Chapter of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) is going to hold on Thursday and Friday, according to the chairperson of the Muscat Chapter.

The majority of the participants are finance professionals representing India, Oman and other Gulf countries, Anuradha Venkatkrishnan told reporters at a briefing session here on Wednesday.  

"We are expecting to see CEOs of companies at the conference as well," Venkatkrishnan said.

The event will be held at Shangri La's Barr Al Jissah.

According to her, the theme of the conference is 'Moving to a New World Order — Role for Financial Professionals'.

The chief guest will be the president of Muscat Securities Market, and the Indian ambassador will be the guest of honour.

The president of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and assistant dean from College of Banking and Financial Studies, who are sponsors of the Chapter, are special invitees.

Fourteen speakers are expected to deliver speeches on a range of topics, including issues related to the finance sector, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), ethical issues, and technology, Venkatkrishnan said.

New order
Commenting on the theme of this year's conference, the chairperson said that it was chosen to highlight the role that finance professionals can play in taking the social and economic status of this sector to a new level.

According to her, there are about 1,000 chartered accountants in Muscat, out of which, 500 are members of the ICAI Muscat Chapter, established in 2006.  

Females account for 10 to 15 per cent of the institute's members in Muscat, she said, adding that many young Omani people are very promising.

Representatives of the institute go to education centres, such as Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), and identify the talented students, she added.

Venkatkrishnan hailed the achievements of the ICAI, saying that it is the second largest professional body in this field in the world with 240,000 qualified chartered accountants.

Out of this number, about 25,000 are based in the Gulf, she added.

The institute is present in 28 countries, including all Gulf countries, Venkatkrishnan said.

To get in touch with the reporter: elham@timesofoman.com

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