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36th National Conference of Chartered Accountants to revolve around the inspiring theme ‘Catalyst 2015: Collaborate to Compete’

With globalization, liberalization of economies and technological advancements bearing a considerable impact on the world we live in, which has also led to the transformation of businesses across the globe, the 36th National Conference of Chartered Accountants will take the lead to inspire Sri Lankan businesses on the importance of ‘collaboration’ to help foster closer and sustainable partnerships with their service providers, employees and even competitors in order to achieve holistic business excellence.

The theme of this year’s conference ‘Catalyst 15: Collaborate to Compete’ was unveiled at a press conference organized by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka), which was attended by the President of CA Sri Lanka, Mr. Arjuna Herath, Vice President Mr. Lasantha Wickremasinghe, Chairman of the National Conference Committee Mr. Heshana Kuruppu, Chairman of the National Conference Technical Committee Mr. Nandika Buddhipala and CEO of CA Sri Lanka, Mr. Aruna Alwis.

The conference will be held from 04th to 06th November 2015 at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH), Colombo.

Addressing the news conference, Mr. Arjuna Herath emphaised that majority of the CA Sri Lanka members have gone beyond the traditional accounting roles and has progressed to give leadership across diverse sectors in the capacity as chairmen, managing directors, directors and CEOs.

“The national conference is a platform that brings together these influential business leaders, who steer businesses both locally as well as overseas,” he said.

Explaining the rationale behind this year conference, Mr. Heshana Kuruppu noted that in today’s complex business environment, there is an increasing demand on finance leadership to play a more integrated role in business.

“It is not enough to be a guardian of business by fulfilling traditional responsibilities of safeguarding assets, risk management, implementing controls, corporate governance & reporting. Finance leadership is now expected to play a key role in strategic and operational decision making. In other words, finance professionals are expected to be business partners through finance leadership,” he told the news conference.

Mr. Kuruppu noted that in order to meet these diverse expectations and challenging roles, finan