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Bahamas to host accountancy conclave in June

Over 400 accountants from the US, the UK, Canada and the Caribbean region are expected to arrive in Nassau in June for the 36th Institute of Chartered Accountants Caribbean’s Conference of Accountants. Pictured: (from left) President of the ICAC Anthony Pierre; deputy director general of Tourism and Aviation Ellison Thompson; and president of BICA Gowon Bowe. (Photo courtesy Lemuel Stubbs)

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Over 400 accountants from the US, the UK, Canada and the Caribbean region are expected to arrive in Nassau in June for the 36th Institute of Chartered Accountants Caribbean’s (ICAC) Conference of Accountants.

The much-anticipated conclave, which is expected to stimulate the meetings incentives, conferences and events (MICE) aspect of tourism, will be held June 21-23 at Atlantis Paradise Island.


This will be the fourth time The Bahamas has hosted the event, having previously hosted in 1992, 2002 and 2010.

Deputy director general at the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation Ellison Thompson said the country has seen the benefits.

He also implored executives of the conference to bring more conferences to The Bahamas.

“We know that the group and conference business is big for The Bahamas and if you have any other conferences feel free to bring them here. We have great facilities, the infrastructure is wonderful and the technical assistance that you can get in The Bahamas is wonderful,” he said.

Vice president of Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) International Canada Nancy Foran said many accountants are excited to escape cold temperatures to visit the Islands of The Bahamas.

“If coming to The Bahamas is not exciting enough to raise the excitement in our profession, then the changes that we are going to see will. There are so many exciting topics and perspectives that we can’t wait to hear. CPA is delighted to be a sponsor this year, participate in all the extra-curricular activities. Having been to one of the prior conferences in The Bahamas I can almost guarantee that it is going to be a really, really great time with wonderful warmth and hospitality like nowhere else,” she said.

The ICAC is the leading regional organization dedicated to advancing the interest of accountants and professionals in the finance industry within the Caribbean through the promotion of internationally acceptable standards.

The ICAC includes a network of 4,000 professionals throughout the Caribbean region.

In The Bahamas, there are 515 accountants represented by the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA).

While on Grand Bahama last week the Minister of Labour and Training Dion Foulkes met with representatives of shipping services firms Fowlco Ltd and Blue Parrot, which recently joined forces in the field of shipping, logistic and ship repair related services.

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis and members of the Cabinet toured New World One Bay Street - The Pointe development in downtown Nassau earlier this week.

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