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status as a global leader in the accounting
profession and the financial and commercial
world at large. Our members should be made
aware of Hong Kong’s status and be proud to
be part of this Institute.
Mabel Chan is al so the founding partner of
Mabel Chan & Co.
Building a new future
Immediate past president Keith Pogson
says the Institute must proactively help
shape the world of the profession
It was a great honour to serve as the
Institute’s president last year – a chal-
lenging, politically charged year full of
My time as a Council member and as presi-
dent has given me an interesting perspective
of our Institute and our profession.
While the Council strives to represent
the diverse views of all members, at times
– in order to move forward – it has been nec-
essary to do the right thing by the majority
Understanding what the majority wants
is vital, and that means listening to all
v iews, objectively studying the pros and
cons of all proposals and executing the ones
that are right for our profession.
I’m very excited about the sixth long-
range plan that we started last year. It isn’t
just an opportunity to refocus the Intitute
on the needs of our members; it also makes
adjustments to our serv ices to take into ac-
count how our membership is becoming
younger and our world, more political and
Most importantly, it sets out how we as
CPAs can become an even more integral part
of the fabric of society and a force for good.
Now that these goals have all been laid
down, it is time to work out the nitty gritty
of execution and balance the financial chal-
lenge of wanting to achieve more while recog-
nizing that money is limited. Delivering value
for money to members is always a priority.
Our profession is changing rapidly –
because of technology, politics, regulations
and the expectations of society – and it is
an increasingly complex env ironment in
which to work and prosper. I believe the
Institute must support members in this
changing world by helping them develop
new skills to replace those that have become
To be an accountant used to mean being
an auditor or bookkeeper, but now the roles
of many of our members are far more diverse
and specialized at the same time.
The Institute must provide members
with not only the support they need to f lour-
ish in the historical roles that are the origins
of our profession, but also equip them with
new skills that are needed to maintain our
profession’s importance and growth.
It will be hard work, but necessary
and rewarding. From what I got from the
many face-to-face meetings last year with
different sectors of membership, I see there
is a need for the Institute to build more
skills-based training programmes that
proactively support all members while
sensitively recognizing their different levels
of development and practical needs.
Ultimately, the Institute must be a voice
for the good of the profession. Many of us
have been very fortunate, with great ca-
reers and experiences behind and ahead of
us. But there are many in society – indeed
some in our profession – who haven’t been
so lucky. In the long-range plan we have
looked at ways in which we can contribute
and give back, as well as proactively shape
the world around us.
I invite you to be part of that journey.
Keith Pogson is also managing partner,
financial ser vices (Asia Pacific), of Ernst &
Immediate past president
“We as CPAs can become an
even more integral part of
the fabric of society and a
force for good.”
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