Talented youth achieve global professional success
ACCA Pakistan organised its 6th Graduation Ceremony on 31 October 2007 at the Ali Institute of Education Lahore to honour the achievements of its 150 graduates and placewinners in Lahore and surrounding areas. Lt. Gen (R) Khalid Maqbool, Governor of the Punjab was the chief guest at the Lahore ceremony and delivered an inspiring speech before presenting awards to the placewinners in Pakistan and worldwide in each paper of ACCA and CAT.
The honourable Chief Guest congratulated the graduates and placewinners on their great success and said that ACCA has generated qualified accountants in both public and private sector in the country and abroad. He said, “There was a dearth of accountants as only around 4,000 professionals have been produced against the demand of 10,000 accountants. During the present government’s tenure, there is a massive economic and industrial growth but the skilled manpower was not being produced to meet the requirements of the industry and financial institutions but now I feel that with the support of ACCA we can meet the demand of professional accountants in Pakistan”.
He further mentioned that ACCA has set the standard high for accounting education in Pakistan. Their devotion and dedication for the promotion of quality education is highly commendable. In order to make this qualification accessible to more students, Government of Punjab would extend its full support to ACCA Pakistan. Referring to the Certified Accounting Technician qualification, he mentioned that the government would consider giving equivalence to some courses in the public sector universities.
Mr. Arif Masud Mirza, Head of ACCA Pakistan welcomed all the guests and during his remarks he said, “ACCA is a final qualification and we encourage graduates and post graduates to seriously see our qualification as a step toward professionalism. Today in Pakistan over 300 organisations employ ACCA trainees, this is no small achievement, but has come about by a genuine dovetailing of business needs and ACCA’s commitment to promote talent.”
Mr. Khalid Kabeer, Chief Financial Officer – KASHF Foundation, the keynote speaker of the evening during his speech mentioned, “Being the affiliates/members of ACCA you should not jump over any or all opportunities that come to your way. Instead, plan your career movement by deciding first where you want to reach and what you wish to achieve in the long run and then choose the right training/job opportunity.”
Mr. Abdullah Fahad, our member speaker working as Manager Audit at Ford Rhodes Sidat Haider & Company shared how ACCA professional qualification has helped him in achieving his objectives and advised the graduates to work with full devotion and realize that they are the role models for young ACCA student accountants.
Mr. Khalid Maqbool then distributed the certificates and trophies among the CAT and ACCA place winners from the December 2006 and June 2007 examination sessions and congratulated them on their great success.
The prizes for all the placewinners for our 2007 ceremony were sponsored by BPP Publishers, Digital Accounts, Becton Dickinson Pvt. Ltd, SKANS School of Accountancy, School of Business Studies, The Professionals’ Academy of Commerce, Centre of Financial Excellence, Iqra Millennium University, School of Business and Management Sciences and University College Islamabad.
Certificates were also awarded to all the December 2006 and June 2007 graduates followed by the group photographs of each session.
The ceremony was followed by a lavish dinner.