12th November, 2010
The World Congress of Accountants (WCOA) 2010 ended Thursday, November 11 asÂ colourfully as it opened three days earlier and the over 6000 participants departedÂ the beautiful city of Kuala Lumpur with fond memories that will last a long time.Â Not many of them will forget Nigeria in a hurry because at least 800 Nigerians wereÂ part of the over 6000 delegates from 134 countries who had registered before theÂ opening ceremony on Monday, November 8 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC),Â Malaysia.
As a matter of fact, apart from Malaysia, the host country, Nigeria had the largestÂ number of participants. Of the 800 Nigerians, more than 500 were Fellows andÂ Associates of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, whose ImmediateÂ Past President, Chief (Mrs.) Elizabeth Adegite, was among the speakers at one of theÂ congress concurrent sessions. Adegiteâ€™s contribution was on the subject ofÂ â€œStrengthening the Accounting Profession in Emerging Economiesâ€.
As the delegates left the hall after the closing ceremony, taking pictures,Â exchanging complimentary cards, the parting phrase for some was â€œSee you in Rome â€œ.Â But for Nigerians, the question was: When will it be Nigeriaâ€™s turn to host theÂ Accountantsâ€™ Olympics (as the World Congress of Accountants is fondly called)?â€ EvenÂ before the closing ceremony, the preparation, publicity and registration for WCOAÂ 2014 which will be held in Rome from November 10 to 14 had begun.
WCOA 2010 was declared open amid pomp and pageantry by the Prime Minister ofÂ Malaysia, The Honourable Dato Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak who was ablyÂ represented at the occasion by Minister in the Prime Ministerâ€™s Department, Tan SriÂ Nor Mohammed Yakcop. The PM was unavoidably absent having just been discharged fromÂ the hospital a day before the event.
The ICAN President, Major General Sebastian Owuama also led key ICAN members alsoÂ to make donations in support of the IFAC environmental initiative launched by theÂ IFAC President, Robert Bunting through a symbolic gesture of planting trees whichÂ the delegates bought into. The donations would be the Accountantsâ€™ contributionÂ towards boosting the tree planting effort of the Forest Research Institute Malaysia.
Apart from being part of the technical sessions, ICAN members were also part of theÂ various side attractions and sporting activities such as the Labuan IBFC golfÂ challenge at the Exhibition hall at which the ICAN President won a Callaway FT9Â Driver.
In appreciation of the participation of the Nigerian accountants, the Nigeria HighÂ Commissioner in Malaysia, His Excellency Peter Anegbeh, organised a very successfulÂ dinner for them at his residence where they were treated to all manners of NigerianÂ dishes and music.