The CPSC Director General, Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub, was invited as a speaker and panelist at the 5th International Accounting Conference and the 2nd Accounting Students Research Forum held at the Faculty of Economics and Business at the Universitas Indonesia in Jakarta last November 24, 2014. The conference, with the theme "The Accounting Profession Towards ASEAN Economic Community (AEC)", was organized by the International Accounting Conference and Student Forum (IACSF). The event gathered accountancy and finance professionals from all over the region and the world.
In his presentation the Director General centered his main points on Higher Education in the ASEAN countries in which he detailed the educational structure, framework and systems being implemented by the countries in the region. His presentation also outlined the actions that are deemed necessary in achieving the desired goal in higher education among ASEAN community. He also explored the things that are needed to be done in order to prepare for the ASEAN single market, in which he provided some updates in the research issues and emerging topics concerning higher education.
The keynote speaker for the event was the President of the ASEAN Federation of Accountants—AFA, Ms. Estelita C. Aguirre where she elaborated about the influence of the upcoming AEC on the accountancy field.
Some of the speakers included Mr. Hatanto Reksodiputro, Former Secretary General of the Ministry of Trade of Indonesia, who emphasized his country's support for the AEC. He also discussed the pros and cons of AEC from Indonesia's economic, social and political perspectives. He also posed a question about the readiness of the countries to implement the AEC in 2015 and the preparations that are needed in addressing the challenges and promises of a single market in the region.
Dr. Megawati Santoso, Directorate General of Indonesian Higher Education, further contributed to the enrichment of knowledge by presenting the country's best practices in Higher Education vis-à-vis the future challenges and plans considering the implementation of the AEC.
Ms. Lucy Tjahjadi, CEO of Cargill, discussed the user expectations about accountant qualifications among the ASEAN countries and facilitated the sharing of experiences regarding accountant qualifications in different ASEAN countries. Other issues in her presentation include current strategies of Human Resources such as the benefit of rotating tasks among the employees.
The conference tackled several inter-country issues and facilitated the exchange of information especially in the field of accounting and finance.