Western India Regional Council of
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India

Chairperson Communication

Chairperson WIRC

Dear Professional Colleagues,
June 27 is celebrated as International SMP Day to applaud & recognise the contribution of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises. Universally, MSMEs are acknowledged as the real engines of the economic development of a country. MSMEs will play a crucial role in making our Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of making India a $5 trillion economy in the near future come true.

Chartered Accountants also play a critical role to supplement the growth of the sector through their expert services. An IFAC research paper on the role of small and medium-sized practitioners - SMPs - in providing support to SMEs has identified that SMPs continue to be the preferred advisors to SMEs. SMPs have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of their SME clients and are therefore well-positioned to provide a range of services.

Understanding this correlation, we have celebrated the ‘International SMP Day’ based on the theme ‘Capacity Building for Members in Practice - Expanding Horizons for CA Firms’, which was extremely beneficial to our members and the profession at large.

In 2005, the then President Shri APJ Abdul Kalam had rightly identified that ‘Chartered Accountants are Partners in Nation Building’. Our professional and personal commitment to his statement has seen our fraternity expand its horizons from professional to social service across the human spectrum.

It takes a deep commitment to change and an even deeper commitment to grow. - Ralph Ellison

I believe growth to be constant, sustained & inclusive. Suppor ted by our alma mater and our own commitment to professional integrity, we can see the growth & success for our members and students. It is our endeavour & commitment at WIRC to serve members & students the best to help them achieve greatest heights in the profession.

Accordingly, we have conducted various refresher courses namely Direct Tax, Company Law, Ind AS and Auditing which were aimed at honing members’ skills to help them better their services. We have received tremendous positive response to these refresher courses. The seminars & lecture meetings covering topics like Returns and Audit under GST, FEMA, Auditing in SAP Environment, Data Analytic & Blockchain were well appreciated by participants.

I am proud to share that we have launched the online WIRC-GST Helpdesk during a very important & crucial time to support the members in solving their queries & doubts relating to GST. This innovative step, supported by latest digital technology was utilised & appreciated by members of our region as well as across the country.

The Sub Regional Conference at Nashik was a tremendous success. We were honoured with the presence of our esteemed ICAI President, CA. Prafulla P. Chhajed, who was present along with all WIRC office bearers at Nashik.

To ensure that we continue to provide top quality professional education, we organised a meeting of Study Circle Convenors and Deputy Convenors, Coordinators meeting and Staff Orientations. These meetings went far in bringing everyone on the same page where our objectives and goals are concerned.

This clearly proves that when you're surrounded by office bearers who share a passionate commitment around a common purpose, everything is possible.

The Branch visits to Pimpri Chinchwad, Pune, Surat and Bharuch Branches ensured a closer connect to members and students at the grassroots level as well as insights into how WIRC can provide solutions for their professional and educational betterment.

We are celebrating the 70th CA Day by organizing a Marathon, implementing various social initiatives viz: Investor Awareness Program, GST Teaching & Career Counselling in Girls Colleges, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Blood Donation Camp, Organ Donation Awareness, Tree Plantation, etc., during CA Day Week. We shall have flag hoisting & cultural events on CA Foundation Day. Members & students are requested to participate in CA week celebrations.

An annual flagship event of WIRC - the 34th Regional Conference ‘AWAKE - Arise With Aim of Knowledge Enrichment’ is scheduled in August 2019. I look forward to members taking up this opportunity to participate in the conference to enrich their knowledge, network amongst various participants & extend the benefits for professional development.

I sign off by conveying best wishes for our CA Foundation Day to all.

With Best Wishes,
CA. Priti Paras Savla


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