What is commitment? Commitment is a serious, long-term promise you make and keep with yourself and others to fully dedicate yourself to your task and your team, even when times are tough. It means not only promising to do something, but actually investing the necessary effort and actions to make it happen.
I am proud to state that ICAI was created as a commitment by our founders to the service of the nation, and to ensure that we always put the progress and development of our nation before all.
31st Regional Conference of WIRC: Our flagship knowledge and networking event of the year was inaugurated by Smt. Smriti Irani, Hon’ble Union Textiles Minister. She appreciated the active role played by ICAI and Chartered Accountants towards the growth and advancement of the Indian economy. Participants found the sessions relevant, with topics critical to the progress of the profession being discussed. WIRC launched two publications at the Conference, namely “Concurrent Audit of Bank Branches” and “Handbook on Foreign Exchange Management Act 1999”, which were disseminated to all in attendance.
The Conference was purely a team effort, led by CA Sandeep Jain, Chairman, PD Committee with supportive RCMs and CCMs, eminent speakers and sponsors all committed to making the Conference a success – setting a perfect example of achieving our goals by working together.
Conferences and Conventions: WIRC’s Regional Tax Convention in Nashik provided new perspectives to members in the field of taxation and was inaugurated by Chief Guest Shri Shivraman, former Secretary, Revenue, Government of India with Guest of Honour Shri T.S. Srinivasan, former Chairman, CBDT.
To introduce members to diverse aspects which can be taken care of by professionals under various laws, WIRC organised the ‘Western Region Law Summit 2016’, hosted by the Ahmedabad Branch.
WIRC also organised the ‘All Gujarat Tax Convention’ at Baroda, shedding light on relevant aspects of Direct and Indirect taxes including features of GST, Capital Market, etc.
To give Women Chartered Accountants opportunities to share views, boost networking and encourage women in the profession, WIRC organised the Regional Women’s RRC which was hosted by the Aurangabad Branch. WIRC Chairperson also inaugurated a new Women’s wing at Aurangabad, to support growth of Women Chartered Accountants in the Region.
The Sub-Regional Conference at Jamnagar was hosted by five Branches namely Jamnagar, Rajkot, Bhavnagar, Gandhidham and Bhuj. The theme of ‘Profession at Crossroads’, saw more than 450 members in attendance. I congratulate all the committee members who made it evident that “Together We Can”.
Our students are becoming more dynamic under the able leadership of WICASA Chairman CA Pradip Agarwal. WIRC organised National Conventions for CA students across the Region at Goa, Nashik, Ahmednagar, Aurangabad, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Sangli, Surat, Rajkot, Jamnagar and Thane. WIRC also organised the first ever ‘All Region CA Students Conference’ at Ahmedabad.
Brand Building: To promote brand ‘ICAI’ and the profession, WIRC inaugurated a traffic island at the crossroads near ICAI Bhawan in Baroda. This highly visible branding was inaugurated by ICAI President CA. M. Devaraja Reddy.
Lecture Meetings: A lecture meeting on stress management saw Sri Srimad Jagadguru Shankaracharyaji Maharaj (Puri) speak on spiritual wellness and on maintaining a holistic lifestyle.
A session on ‘Manage your Image – Create a Professional Presence for an Impact’ helped members from corporates as well as young members understand the importance of first impressions, branding and cultivating a confident personality.
Branch Visits: WIRC office bearers visited branches comprising Surat, Bharuch, Navsari and Satara where they got insights into grass root issues and committed to assist members and Branches visited.
A serious commitment comprises of a sincere promise, full investment of time and effort, willingness to sacrifice, long-term obligation promise to persevere and an agreement to act. All this is only possible when working as a team where members are enthusiastic, take pride in their work and most importantly, believe that with their solemn commitment they can achieve the impossible by doing it together.
CA. SHRUTI SHAH