The ACCA Pakistan Leadership Conversation (PLC) 2023 edition began in Islamabad with a focus on the theme ‘Shaping the future in uncertain times: Learn. Adapt. Thrive.’ ACCA’s head of Pakistan, Assad Hameed Khan, welcomed the attendees and highlighted the role of professional accountants in nation building. The conference provided a platform for thought leaders and policy makers to propose forward-thinking solutions to Pakistan’s economic challenges.
The panel discussions and keynotes addressed various topics such as climate action, effective public financial management, development of future-ready talent, and achieving business resilience and economic growth. The Country Head of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Pakistan, Zeeshan Sheikh, spoke about investment opportunities for climate action. Muhammad Farooq, Senior Joint Secretary (Development) at the Ministry of Climate Change, talked about the ‘National Adaptation Plan: Building Resilience and Reducing Vulnerabilities’ to integrate businesses and government efforts to mitigate the impact of climate change.
The conference featured notable conversation leaders such as Bilal Anwar, CEO, NDRMF, Hassan Daud Butt, Ex-CEO, KPBoIT, Ayla Majid, ACCA’s global Vice President, Abid Qayyum Suleri, Executive Director, SDPI, and other business leaders who discussed high-impact actions to contribute to the country’s progress.
The conference aims to develop a meaningful framework for growth, facilitate ideation, and shape forward-thinking policy choices and business opportunities. The conference will also be held on 22 February in Karachi and then on 23 February in Lahore. Seed Ventures joined ACCA as this year’s co-organisers. Bank Islami and The Coca-Cola Company were the Strategic Partners, and SKANS School of Accountancy, U Microfinance Bank, and The Millennium Universal College were the Platinum Partners.
The event was supported by various organizations such as the Pakistan Business Council (PBC), Pakistan Stock Exchange, Special Technology Zones Authority, Pakistan Software Houses Association, KP Board of Investment and Trade, and other associations. ACCA is the world’s leading body for professional accountants, with more than 241,000 fully qualified members and 542,000 future members worldwide. The organization uses its connections across the globe to connect people with fulfilling careers, organizations with the best finance talent, and economies with the ingredients for growth.