About MIA Conference


The MIA International Accountants Conference 2021 is the apex of MIA's learning development initiatives, designed to transform accountants and the profession for future relevance to business sustainability and nation building. In three content-rich days, delegates will be enlightened on how the profession can create and add value through our core competencies and ethics, towards a more inclusive and equitable world.

35

Sessions

100

Speakers

3000

Delegates

Brochure


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Conference Fee


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Programme


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Welcoming Address by CEO of MIA, Dr. Nurmazilah Dato' Mahzan

Opening Remarks by President of MIA, Dr. Veerinderjeet Singh

Officiated by Guest of Honour, YB Senator Tengku Datuk Seri Utama Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz, Minister Of Finance Malaysia

Following a 4.3% contraction of global GDP in 2020, the World Bank projected that the global economy will expand 4% in 2021, assuming a widespread and rapid COVID-19 vaccine deployment. Nevertheless, recovery is likely to be subdued without decisive policies to tame the pandemic and implement investment-enhancing reforms. In this session, economists, policymakers and heads of international organisations look back at the pandemic’s impacts on the global economy. They also discuss the pivotal role that financial services sectors can play to bolster economic recovery in the post-pandemic landscape.

Networking Break in the Virtual Exhibition Hall & Fireside Chat Room

The accounting profession is changing faster than ever before. It’s not just because of rapid technology advancements but Covid-19 has brought the profession’s relevance into sharp focus. The profession needs to evolve to remain dynamic, relevant and to lead the future of sustainable businesses around the world. A reality and great opportunity is that Environment, Social and Governance issues are clearly now a key responsibility for finance professionals. The profession needs to adapt in order to thrive and be the beacon of trust, with responsible finance leadership at the forefront.

Barry Melancon, CEO of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, the unified voice of the American Institute of CPAs and CIMA will speak about the changing face of the accounting profession, ESG trends affecting finance professionals and the steps the profession can take to increase preparedness for ESG assurance and lead in the ESG space. Ultimately, it is all about more resilient businesses that ensure the fine balance between social/environmental impact and financial gain.

Brought to you by AICPA-CIMA

The pandemic ushered in a whole new way of working anchored on remote work technologies, which simultaneously enabled cybercriminals to exploit weaknesses in cyber security and data protection. In this session, chart the sharp rise in data breaches and cyber crime across Southeast Asia, identify common cyber vulnerabilities and concerns afflicting businesses in the region, and get tips on fortifying your cyber defences and remote working practices against relentless cyberattacks.

Lunch & Networking Break in the Virtual Exhibit Hall

While the pandemic was destructive, the crisis imparted valuable lessons: that companies need to put in place disaster recovery and business continuity plans to pre-empt the risks of potentially disruptive events. Preparation is half the battle, and this session helps you predict the different scenarios and disruptive events that could affect your organisation. Get tips on how to prepare and implement a business action plan with detailed strategies for business continuity to mitigate the impact of severe disruptions to operations.

Supported by BMW & PwC

Islamic fintech plays an essential role in expanding access to finance for businesses and households in crisis, in tune with the Malaysian Government’s Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 that positions Islamic finance and digital economy as drivers for growth. Weaving in lessons from Zakat Touch, BAZNAS and other local and regional fintech operators, this session looks at how Islamic fintech can digitalise rapidly to innovate and reach more customers for inclusive and sustainable growth, despite the ravages of COVID-19.

More effective tax collection and compliance strategies are urgently needed as the government revs up mega-spending to support COVID-19 stimulus packages. This session examines the various reforms needed to expedite the reconstruction of the Malaysian tax system in the wake of COVID-19, including overhauling tax administration, digitalisation of tax systems, seamless data sharing among Government agencies, and regulation of the vast shadow economy.

Supported by Crowe

The past year has seen businesses and their finance functions adapt to challenging circumstances. The new ways of working have certainly transformed finance functions, but to what extent? This session will discuss whether these changes are realisation of plans that were already in existence or if they are new initiatives that finance teams developed rapidly in response to the pandemic. We’ll focus on the technology and competencies that fuelled the transformation; whether these changes will be permanent, if they present longer lasting benefits to the organisation and people in the finance function. We’ll also discuss how finance functions shall take these gains forward.

Brought to you by ACCA

More companies are integrating financial data with sustainability data to meet investor expectations for environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting that provides balanced yet concise disclosure on corporate risks and materiality, corporate strategy and long-term value. This session will share early data which demonstrates the benefits of integrating ESG, before moving into the mechanics of linking Climate Change and ESG disclosure into the <IR>. Also under discussion: the impact of ESG disclosure on financial performance and the implications of non-compliance.

Supported by Blacksun & Ernst & Young

Insolvency has emerged as a top business concern due to the pandemic’s impacts. This session covers the latest global developments in restructuring and mergers and acquisitions (M&A), balanced with local insights into the corporate rescue mechanisms available under the Companies Act 2016. Insolvency experts will share recent cases, the varying legal and tax considerations arising from different M&A and restructuring structures, as well as the options and restructuring strategies that businesses can avail to keep afloat in anticipation of better days.

Networking Break in the Virtual Exhibition Hall & Fireside Chat Room

The February 2021 launch of MyDIGITAL and the Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint aims to create a connected and digitally-driven nation. As financial and strategic advisors to businesses, accountants are exhorted to embrace digital technology to remain relevant and support the nation’s sweeping digital transformation. Find out more about the impacts of MyDIGITAL on accountants and MIA’s initiatives to upskill accountants for relevance in the digital economy.

Unprecedented turmoil in 2020 - exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing economic crisis, notorious incidents of systemic racism, political instability and an epidemic of misinformation - deepened widespread mistrust of institutions, systems and leaders around the world. Guided by the insights and outcomes from the 2021 Edelman Trust Barometer, this session will assess the implications of mistrust on business, economy and society. The end-goal is to revive public trust to chart a new path forward.

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The global tax landscape is changing immensely due to a raft of new and potential developments, such as the controversial US proposal for a global minimum corporate tax of 21% and the ongoing reforms of the OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework on BEPS (base erosion profit shifting) including Pillar One and Pillar Two proposals. In this session, global tax experts will analyse the impact of these developments on corporations and offer sage advice on how to rewrite your corporate tax playbook for this uncertain environment.

Combating COVID-19 called for extraordinary measures. Unsurprisingly, the need for rapid authoritative action can obscure governance processes, weakening accountability and transparency and heightening corruption risks all around the world. This session shares the lessons and best practices from the world’s least corrupt nations as ranked by global anti-corruption indices, and portrays public sector accountants as anti-graft frontliners who enforce good governance in the public interest.

Networking Break in the Virtual Exhibit Hall

As experts in reliable and relevant information for decision making, accountants play a critical role in driving business sustainability. This talk covers the key concepts, frameworks and standards that govern sustainability accounting and disclosure and showcases how CFOs and cross-disciplinary finance teams are spearheading sustainable business. We end by examining global trends for harmonising sustainable reporting standards with financial reporting standards, and how these new information streams can support management in optimising risk controls, innovation, and strategy.

Brought to you by IMA

The International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) has approved a new and revised set of quality management standards (ISQM 1, ISQM 2 and ISA 220) for auditors to use around the world, with effect from 15 Dec 2022. To help auditors apply these new standards, this session will emphasise on the key focus areas of correcting audit deficiencies, strengthening firm culture, communicating quality management objectives to audit constituents and the consequences of non-compliance for auditors.

Supported by ICAEW

In the new normal of remote work, cloud apps and services are a fundamental tool for companies to stay connected and conduct business as usual. Kicking off by evaluating the complex landscape and challenges of cloud solutions, this session guides businesses on how to select the cloud solutions that best suit their needs and enable greater flexibility, agility, scalability and security in a recovering economy.

Supported by Inflo & Wavelet

The pandemic has accelerated our collective shift to a virtual workplace, where people can safely come together when necessary while connecting and collaborating through technology. This emerging "Human to Hybrid" dynamic envisions that humans will work in a fully digitised and technologically-optimised environment, and increasingly work alongside robots and AI over the next ten years. This session discusses the crucial strategies, IT backbone and technology solutions that must be in place to fuel this workforce transformation over the coming years.

Brought to you by UiPath

Emotional intelligent leaders are able to harness and control their emotions, and empathise with their people to foster a culture of collaboration, openness and trust within a harmonious environment. This session expounds the benefits of emotionally intelligent leadership and shares how you can harness the five elements of emotional intelligence (self-awareness, self-management, empathy, relationship management, and effective communication ) to inspire the diverse people in your team and organisation to greater heights.

When your home is also your remote office, it can be tough to draw the line between work and leisure, escalating burnout rates. Aimed at both employees and employers, this session imparts advice on how you can reclaim a healthy work-life balance when both activities take place in the same space. Importantly, bosses should emphasise on empathy and compassion and draw clear work-life boundaries to strike a healthy balance between staff wellbeing and organisational productivity.

Lunch & Networking Break in the Virtual Exhibition Hall & Fireside Chat Room

Tried and tested in the Global Financial Crisis of 2008, Islamic finance has proven to be resilient, ethical and defensive against shocks to the system due to its intrinsic nature and filters. This session elaborates on how Islamic finance solutions can be repositioned to support a sustainable economic recovery. Then, delve into the various Islamic finance products that can be deployed to raise funds for state spending (such as sovereign sukuk) and to support society’s most vulnerable segments (through waqf, zakat and Islamic microfinance).

The pandemic and its new norms of isolation, remote work and social distancing are escalating the symptoms of burnout, depression and stress. To fix the mental health crisis, the responsibility for employee wellbeing should not be delegated to human resources but taken up as a strategic risk by the board and top management. Empathetic leaders can help talent, manage their stresses and create a healthy work culture, online or offline. Find out why we need to nurture mental health in the workplace and discover best practices for uplifting employee wellbeing in this edifying session.

Networking Break in the Virtual Exhibition Hall & Fireside Chat Room

The World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2021 has plotted out the short, medium and long-term risks facing all organisations. Although businesses have been preoccupied with managing the immediate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative that they also tackle longer-term hazards for future sustainability. This session lays out the risks facing businesses, classified as clear and present dangers (within 0-2 years), medium-term threats (3-5 years) and existential threats (5-10 years), and presents possible strategies for bolstering global resilience.

There is growing and urgent demand of sustainability reporting from various stakeholders including investors, regulators, central banks and the corporate sector. At the same time, there are a wide range of voluntary frameworks and standards available on sustainability reporting such as integrated reporting framework, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards and Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) framework which provide different types of information and disclosure and serve certain stakeholders and target audiences. This has resulted in preparers report using multiple frameworks and standards with limited impact but increasing cost. The need to improve the consistency and comparability in sustainability reporting is vital. This session will discuss the way forward on having a set of comparable and consistent standards on sustainability reporting.

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At the height of the COVID-19 crisis, a top priority for government was to uphold public wellbeing by channeling funds to citizens and businesses in need. Opening the spigot of public finance requires tremendous transparency and accountability to ensure that public funds reach their intended recipients. This session shares how accrual accounting can enhance public financial management and trust in times of crisis, underpinned by lessons from New Zealand and Australia on applying accrual accounting in the public sector.

Supported by CAANZ

On top of tremendous financial risk, the pandemic created emerging risks for organisations related to virtual operations, cybersecurity, changing customer relationships and supply chain. This changed environment heightens the risks of fraud and improper financial reporting as new opportunities and pressures for fraud arise internally and externally, and ramps up expectations on accountants as business advisors. This session provides guidance on how Professional Accountants can support organisations in mitigating potential risks arising from COVID-19.

Supported by Assuring Group, BDO & MICPA

In an volatile, uncertain and complex world, accountants need to be agile and versatile in order to stay relevant as preferred value creators and business advisors. On top of core competencies and ethical codes, accountants must master data skills and business intelligence in order to provide the information and analysis that supports effective decision making. This session investigates the evolving expectations facing the new generation of accountants and defines the data analytics skillsets needed to stay ahead of the curve.

Supported by Baker Tilly

In today’s complex business environment where digitalisation and remote work culture are accelerating, the success of an external audit is highly reliant on sound judgement and professional scepticism. In this session, learn more about the practicalities and challenges of exercising sound judgement in an audit. By the end of the session, you will understand how to apply professional scepticism to manage unconscious bias and how to strengthen coaching, team supervision and audit quality in a virtual workplace.

Supported by Deloitte

The global COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on everybody physically, financially and mentally, and even triggered post-COVID-19 stress disorder. However, stress can be either a friend or a foe depending on your mindset and attitude. This session discusses how you can alter your approach to stress and reframe anxiety and trauma as positive drivers to bring out the best in yourself and others.

Every leader today is responsible for talent development, as upskilling people is essential for an organisation’s future. This session helps you to elevate talent at all tiers by identifying skills gaps and core future skills, setting attainable skills goals with measurable progress and feedback, and satisfying a growing appetite for personal and professional development. By implementing advanced upskilling strategies for talent transformation, you can assemble a workforce that is astute, agile and far more resilient to turbulence and uncertainty.

Supported by CPAA

Networking Break in the Virtual Exhibition Hall & Fireside Chat Room

The ambitious multilateral Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is poised to interweave the ASEAN 10 as well as Japan, Korea, China, Australia and New Zealand into a mega trade and economic bloc that will facilitate and stimulate business, trade and investment flows within the Asia Pacific region. This session plots the RCEP landscape, assesses the potentials and pitfalls for the countries involved, and calculates the impacts on businesses, specifically service providers such as the accountancy profession and e-commerce platforms.

If anything is certain, it is that businesses will face greater uncertainty in the post-COVID-19 era. The World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Landscape 2021 report identifies three drivers of risk for businesses: political, technological and societal while emphasising on the importance of public-private collaboration to manage global crises. This session familiarises you with the potential disruptions as surveyed by the report, alerts you to red flags signaling disorderly market shakeouts and recommends constant review of risk mitigation strategies to improve resilience to future shocks.

Lunch & Networking Break in the Virtual Exhibition Hall & Fireside Chat Room

In the post-Covid-19 era, the roles of professional accountants must evolve to encompass key issues that threaten the long-term sustainability of businesses and economies. IFAC’s stance is that professional accountants must be competent and ethical to lead and advise on matters that affect sustainability, ranging from climate action to good governance to anti-corruption initiatives to robust public sector financial management and many more, in the public interest. In this special session, IFAC President Alan Johnson discourses on the importance and impacts of sustainability on the profession and how accountants can elevate themselves to become sustainability leaders advocating for ESG and the UN SDGs.

Networking Break in the Virtual Exhibition Hall & Fireside Chat Room

Integrated reporting <IR> continues to gain momentum as a platform of choice for organisations to share their value creation stories with investors and stakeholders. To provide further clarification and reinforce the importance and quality of disclosures, the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) released the revised International Framework in January 2021 which supersedes the 2013 document. This session examines the changes in the Framework and explains how the revised Framework will further improve corporate reporting.

Networking Break in the Virtual Exhibition Hall & Fireside Chat Room

A stable climate is essential for business resilience, yet the World Economic Forum (WEF) ranked climate action failure as a top risk and existential threat in its Global Risk Report 2021 . Preparers are ideally positioned to influence their organisations to act strategically on climate change risks, by integrating climate information into financial disclosure. This plenary provides guidance on climate disclosure and highlights the impacts of climate-related matters on selected IFRS.

At the climax of the Conference, be inspired by YB Senator Datuk Ras Adiba Radzi who overcame tremendous challenges to emerge as one of Malaysia's foremost media personalities, BERNAMA's first female chairperson, a national sports icon, member of the Dewan Negara and a leading advocate and champion for the rights and inclusivity of Persons with Disabilities.

Closing Remarks by CEO of MIA, Dr. Nurmazilah Dato' Mahzan

Conference Ends

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