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‘Together, we shape the future of the profession’, ACCA celebrates thirty years in China


25 Jun 2018


Innovation & Enterprise


ACCA commemorates landmark anniversary in China with members and partners

A series of events to celebrate ACCA’s (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) 30th anniversary in mainland China will be taking place in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai from 21 to 25 June 2018.

ACCA was the first global accountancy body to establish its presence in mainland China in 1988 following a successful meeting with the newly created national organisation for the profession CICPA, a key partner of ACCA’s since that time.

Ada Leung, director of ACCA Greater China says: ‘Our celebrations are themed “Together, we shape the future”, highlighting how partnerships and connections have helped to build the profession in China.  Our events will showcase the work of our members, and also how building and sustaining global connections are vital for the modern profession to flourish and for economies to grow. A key attraction at these events will be ACCA’s 200,000 member wall, which lists the names of ACCA’s global membership – our online version is a testimony to the work of our members all around the world.’

Helen Brand OBE, ACCA’s chief executive, adds: ‘As the world's second-largest economy, China has become the centre of the global supply chain, an important exporter and consumer of commodities, while at the same time being a global leader in the digital economy. We’re committed to supporting growth in China by thinking ahead, and connecting local businesses, finance professionals and other stakeholders through our expansive global network.’

‘The last 30 years has been made possible through partnerships. China’s at an exciting point in its history, with its drive to open up new trade routes and marketplaces, to build on existing connections, and to create new ones. We look forward to playing our part in this exciting future for the next 30 years and beyond.’

Ada Leung concludes: ‘China’s on a path to sustainable national rejuvenation with ambitious targets set for 2020 and 2035. This new era in economic development will enable the country to become a global leader in innovation as well as ensuring greater equality and living standards for all.

‘The accounting profession has a key role to play in supporting these goals and ACCA is proud of the part it has been able to play in developing capacity in China over the last 30 years. We’re proud of our close relationships with Chinese partners including the Ministry of Finance, CICPA, the three national accounting institutes, universities and employers.’

ACCA’s AB China magazine includes an in-focus look at ACCA’s 30 years in mainland China, including a Q&A with Helen Brand and Ada Leung, an article by ACCA’s first member in mainland China, David Wu; and ACCA’s timeline there since 1988.


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About ACCA

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants, offering business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.

ACCA supports its 200,000 members and 486,000 students in 180 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. ACCA works through a network of 101 offices and centres and more than 7,200 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development. Through its public interest remit, ACCA promotes appropriate regulation of accounting and conducts relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence.

ACCA is currently introducing major innovations to its flagship qualification to ensure its members and future members continue to be the most valued, up to date and sought-after accountancy professionals globally.

Founded in 1904, ACCA has consistently held unique core values: opportunity, diversity, innovation, integrity and accountability. More information is here:



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