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ICAN UK holds first zonal accountants’ conference


On Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15, 2014, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) UK District will be holding the first zonal accountants’ conference outside the shores of Nigeria specifically targeted at Nigerian accountants, business leaders and professionals.

As Nigeria is predicted to be the 25th largest economy in the world overtaking South Africa, ICAN UK is using the forum to highlight the gaps and opportunities for all stakeholders and build cross border links between Nigeria, the UK and Europe by sharing innovative solutions and ideas.

The conference is entitled ‘Global financial reporting and developments and the Nigerian economy’.

The focus of this conference is to educate the audience on how global financial reporting has changed over the last few years and their impact on developing countries in general and the Nigerian economy in particular.

ICAN UK is playing pivotal role in bringing together key stakeholders and professional leaders from Africa, Europe and the UK into a very conducive forum to discuss the challenges posed to the Nigerian economy specifically and developing countries in general. The intention is to commence dialogue on implications of the new changes and what action needs to be taken by business and political leaders to take advantage of the opportunities.

In attendance for the two-day event holding at London Hilton Docklands Riverside, 265 Rotherhithe Street, London SE16 5HW will be the ICAN presidency, seasoned speakers and financial experts from Nigeria, the UK banking sector and leaders from Nigerian and European business and industry.

“There will also be an evening gala night on Saturday to relax and network further,” ICAN UK said in a statement made available to BusinessDay.

Ben Ukaegbu, the vice chair of ICAN UK District Society, said, “I am really looking forward to this event as it is the first time a professional accountancy body has raised this issue in a public forum. We hope that people will come away with better knowledge on how the changes in global financial reporting will affect the Nigerian economy as we can no longer operate in isolation. The world is a global village.”
This event will be an opportunity to target approximately 250 Nigerian accountants and professionals in one place.

It is the only ICAN conference outside Nigeria attracting finance professionals from all over Europe; worldwide readership of conference magazine (ICAN members worldwide); other accountancy bodies, Nigerian dignitaries and global organisations will be present as the forum offers business and networking opportunities.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) was established by Act of Parliament No. 15 of 1965. ICAN has 47 district societies and over 40,000 members. The ICAN UK District was the first and is one of only two societies outside the African continent.