EFAA 2024 International Conference

This year we celebrate EFAA’s 30th anniversary. During the conference, besides discussing with former EFAA Presidents the challenges and achievements of our organisation over 30 years, we will be tackling topics of great importance for SMPs, such as sustainability, AI in accounting and the role of the tax accountant.

PREPARING SMALL- AND MEDIUM-SIZED PRACTICES FOR THE COMING YEARS

09:00 – 09:30

09:30 – 09:45

09:45 – 10:30

REGISTRATION

OPENING REMARKS

SESSION ONE – 30 years of EFAA for SMEs and SMPs: Looking Back, Looking Forward

A panel of former EFAA Presidents will discuss the evolution of the accountancy profession, specifically focusing on small- and medium-sized practices (SMPs), the pivotal role of Professional Accountancy Organizations, and EFAA’s contributions to SMEs over the past three decades. Moreover, the discussion will explore the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for SMPs in the future.

10:30 – 11:00

The future and challenges of our profession – Lee White, IFAC CEO

11:00 – 11:15

11:15 – 12:30

Coffee break

SESSION TWO – Artificial Intelligence Implications for SMPs

This session will address the implications for SMPs of the emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) including compliance with new regulation, ethical rules, and how best to leverage the technology in operations and service delivery

12:30 – 13:15

13:15 – 14:15

Lunch break

SESSION THREE – Sustainability: SMPs Providing Services to SMEs

This session looks at the rapid emergence of the sustainability agenda and the challenges and opportunities this presents SMPs in particular, that of offering sustainability services including advisory, accounting and assurance and embracing sustainability in their own operations.

14:15 – 15:45

SESSION FOUR – The Future of the Tax Accountant

This session will examine how the role of the tax accountant has changed and how it will likely change in the future.

15:45 – 16:00

CLOSING REMARKS

Salvador Marín, EFAA President