Magazine article The CPA Journal

A Local Practitioner's View of the World Congress of Accountants

Magazine article The CPA Journal

A Local Practitioner's View of the World Congress of Accountants

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I attended the World Congress of Accountants held in October 1992 in Washington D.C. for two reasons. First, as a practicing CPA in upstate New York, I reviewed this as an opportunity to meet a few of my counterparts from Canada. Our firm has recently received inquiries from Canadian businesses about setting up or doing businesses in the U.S., and I thought it would be helpful to be able to discuss some of the issues with a colleague in Canada. Second, I wanted to observe and interact with accounting professionals from other places in the world--to see what makes them tick and discuss common problems.

Although I was not able to connect with a small or medium-sized firm from Canada, I did have the pleasure of meeting a controller of a Canadian company and a fiscal officer from a large Canadian hospital.

I thought the overall program was first class. The speakers were outstanding and their topics timely and well presented. Even though a lot of the material was directed to large companies and their auditors, it caused me to focus on what's happening. …

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