We revisit Abdul Shakoor in Pakistan, who tells us about new regional ambassadors.
Tell us about your current roles and responsibilities, and how they have changed in the last year?
I am dealing with all matters for the IFA in Pakistan, ranging from new members to CPD events throughout the country, for learning and networking of local members. As members are increasing day-by-day, the frequency of activities has certainly risen from a year ago.
How has your third year as ambassador for the IFA in Pakistan been?
It was good! We have lots of new members and universities to work with; and a good fraternity of like-minded people. In the past 12 months we have appointed three new branch ambassadors, who are representing Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi for meetings and networking.
How has the IFA progressed in Pakistan during 2019? What is ahead for 2020?
The IFA is progressing locally with an increase in member numbers and frequency of CPD events. In 2020 we are planning for frequent branch meetings in local cities through local branch ambassadors. Furthermore, we will be collaborating with
universities and professional bodies.
Tell us about CPD in Pakistan? What do members do? How are you encouraging them to do more?
We arrange local CPD-focused events in the major cities i.e. Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad. These are held on a quarterly basis in collaboration with local universities or professional bodies. We select a topic and then hold a Q&A at the end of the session where members (and potential members) ask questions, followed by networking. We encourage increased participation by discussing the best times and venues with members.
What events have you hosted in the past year, and what is lined up for 2020?
In the past year we hosted events on ‘technology and the future of finance’; ‘taxation with a special focus on new amendments in the Finance Act’; ‘the impact of disruptive technologies on current financial practices and the way forward’; ‘group discussion on fintech’; and ‘the finance department as a strategic business partner’. We are planning for more events coming up in 2020 with increased frequency.