25 May 2023
OCC, Avenida Barbosa du Bocage, 45 | 1049-013 Lisbon
The accountancy profession is navigating challenging times: the regulatory framework is becoming increasingly complex and stringent; automation and AI are threatening to take over more traditional accounting duties and, as a consequence, upskilling existing people and attracting new talent are becoming vital to the growth and prosperity of the profession.
In order to respond to these challenges, accountants need to diversify their skills by familiarizing themselves with digital technologies and by providing non-traditional services such as sustainability advising, reporting and assurance.
Professional Accountancy Organizations (PAOs) play a key role in supporting and accompanying small- and medium-sized practices (SMPs) in upskilling their people and attracting new talent – by providing information, ideas and insights, but also by promoting the key role the accountancy profession plays for the well-being of society in general.
10:00 OPENING REMARKS
10:45 SESSION ONE – Scene Setting: Trends in the Labour Market, Economy and Society
12:00 Lunch break
13:15 SESSION TWO – Role of the Professional Accountancy Organizations in Attracting, Retaining and Upskilling SMP Members
14:15 SESSION THREE – How SMPs Can Best Attract, Retain and Upskill Talent
Monica Foerster, Chair of the IFAC SMP Advisory Group (SMPAG)
Marcus Tuschen, Partner at Tuschen und Partner, Germany
George Josephakis, Managing Director at G. Josephakis Audit Ltd, Cyprus
Moderator: Aleksander Štefanac, Owner and General Manager at Facta d.o.o., Slovenia