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Registrations for the World Congress of Accountants open

Registrations for the World Congress of Accountants 2018 (WCOA 2018) have opened. The congress will take place in Sydney, Australia, which last hosed the event in 1972.

WCOA is held every four years at the initiative of IFAC and the 2018 Australian edition of the congress will be co-hosted by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) and CPA Australia. The organisers expect to attract at least 6,000 delegates from 130 countries.

The WCOA 2018 program themes include protecting the public interest and building prosperity; building trust and confidence in the role of the accounting and finance profession; addressing the leadership challenge; embracing disruptive technologies and innovation; enhancing ethics and integrity; exploring sustainable solutions to business, social enterprises and economies ; and safeguarding the future of the accounting profession.

“A high bar has been set throughout the illustrious history of WCOA, but in true Australian style, we intend to set new records and make it the most prestigious, memorable, and professionally powerful experience of a lifetime,” CPA Australia chair Peter Wilson said. “WCOA will give delegates a chance to hear from local and global leaders, network with peers from across the world and access the latest and best in field products and software. We look forward to welcoming a record number of delegates from around the world to Sydney next November.”

Debut sponsors for WCOA 2018 include the ACCA and RMIT, a global university of technology, design and enterprise. More about the congress and registration details can be found on the WCOA 2018 website.

The Accountant & International Accounting Bulletin attended the previous WCOA which was held in Rome in 2014, here is a selection of articles from our coverage of the event:

Around WCOA:
WCOA Rome: The Olympics of accountancy
WCOA: Arrivederci Roma
WCOA Rome: Former chairman of Kenyan institute receives IFAC Sempier award
WCOA Rome: High expectations ahead of Integrated Reporting debate in Rome
Public sector fraud risk monitoring tool launched
Ian Ball receives IFAC Gold Service Award
Analysis: Balance of power shifts towards Asia-Pac at IFAC “Security Council”
Workforce strategies outpacing management: CIMA and AICPA
IPSAS qualification launched to target emerging economies
WCOA: A funny thing happened on the way to the Forum...

Interviews:
Olivia Kirtley interview: Iron fist, velvet glove
Government financial transparency could be helped by private auditors: Muller-Marques Berger
Brothers in arms, Mark Campbell interview
Tweedie is back in business warning about ‘the valuation gap’ in financial services

Audit:
Assurance for SMEs: Is there any evidence of its value?
To audit or not to audit, that is the question

Standards:
IASB and FASB fail to converge on lease accounting
Hoogervorst: US Congressmen’s letter on lease accounting a “complete nonsense”

M&A/MoUs:
MIA and CIMA confirm cooperation agreement
CIMA confirms four “Roman deals” after WCOA
Pakistani profession in talks with potential American and global partners

Regional & country surveys:
Round table: Latin American profession dances to its own tune
Pakistan: A quiet and growing strength

Comment:
Editor's letter: Et tu, Brutus?

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