19th AFA Conference Makati City



The Asian Federation of Accountants (AFA), under President Estelita Aguirre and PICPA, under President Dominador Barrior will host the 19th AFA Conference in the  Asian Institute of Management on December 4, 2015. Speakers from the Philippines, headed by BoA Chairman Joel Tan-Torres and from the other countries will discuss such issues as:
In general, how are the SMEs and SMPs awareness and understanding of the ASEAN integration?

Are SMEs and accountants in the Philippine ready for the ASEAN integration (and the ASEAN Economic Community)?

What is the general level of involvement of the SMEs and SMPs on the ASEAN integration process?

What are the potential opportunities and challenges (including threats) that come with the ASEAN integration, particularly those that are relevant for the SMEs and SMPs? How relevant are these for those that are in the Philippine in particular?

What should the SMEs and SMPs do in order to maximize the opportunities that come with the integration? And what should (and could) they do in order to answer to these challenges?

How can the accountants in the Philippine close the gaps to compete with their ASEAN neighbours?

How the accountancy profession can phentermine

supports the SMEs and SMPs in welcoming the ASEAN integration?

How the banks and SMEs can work together to achieve SMEs growth particularly in the ever changing environment caused by the integration?

Are Philippine banks well equipped to assess and finance SMEs and how does good financial reporting and IFRS help?


The program for the Conference is shown below.
07.30 – 08.30 Registration
08.30 – 08.40 Opening remarks Dean Estelita C. Aguirre (President, AFA)
08.40 – 08.50 Welcome message Mr. Dominador A. Barrion (PICPA President)
08.50 – 09.10 Message Accountancy regulator BOA Hon. Joel Tan-Torres
09.10 – 09.15 Intro of keynote speaker Atty. Josefe Sorrera-Ty Secretary General,
09.15 – 09.45 Keynote Speech Mr. Guntur Sugiyarto (Senior Economist, Economics and Research Development, Asian Development Bank)
09.45 – 10.00 Coffee break
10.00 – 10.15 AFA and it’s Activities on SMEs and SMPs Mr Aucky Pratama
10.15 – 11.00 Maximizing Opportunities of Accountants from the ASEAN
Integration Ms. Lucia Real Martin (Director of Emerging Markets, ACCA)
11.00 – 12.15 Panel Discussion 1
ASEAN Integration: Boon or Bane for SMEs and SMPs
Mr. Sonexay Silaphet (Deputy President, AFA, Laos)
Hon. Gerard B. Sanvictores (Member, BOA)
Atty. Alexander B. Cabrera (Chair and CEO, Isla Lipana PwC)
Mr.Win TIn (Myanmar Institute of CPAs)
Dr. Cesar A. Mansibang (Vice President for Operation, PICPA)
12.15 – 13.00 Lunch break
13.00 – 13.40 IFRS for SMEs in ASEAN Countries: Impacts on SMEs and
SMPs Ms. J. Adrienne A. Abarca Partner Assurance, SGV)
13.40 – 14.20 SMPs and the New Auditor’s Report Dr. Nurmazilah Dato
Mahzan (Deputy CEO, MIA)
14.20 – 15.00 ASEAN Integrationa: Specific Tax Issues and Reforms:Atty.
Benedicta Du-Baladad (Managing Partner and CEO,BDB Law)
15.00 – 15.20 Coffee Break
15.20 – 15.50 UNCTAD-ISAR Paper on Monitoring Compliance Mr. Gerard Ee
(President, ISCA)
15.50 – 17.00 Panel Discussion 2
Quality Assurance Review: Challenges, Opportunities and Benefits in
Adoption and Implementation
Hon. Joel Tan-Torres (Chairman, BOA)
Mr. Gerard Ee (President, ISCA)
Ms. Ma. Victoria C. Espano (Chair and CEO, P&A Grant
Mr. Mark Campbell (Head of International Capacity Building,
This one-day conference will bring together regional and global experts, regulators, accountancy organizations, policy makers, standard-setters, small medium industries, and more importantly accountants in the Philippines to discuss the effects of the ASEAN integration on the ASEAN SMEs and SMPs.
The conference will also look at adoption and implementation of quality assurance as a vital component for the profession in successfully welcoming the ASEAN integration.