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National Public Sector Accountants Conference 2013 aims to boost excellence and sustainability

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Leaders from the public sector accounting fraternity is set to discuss ways in which they can address key challenges to boost excellence, sustainability and add further value to deliver high efficiency results in the management of public funds. Over 400 delegates discussed these issues at the second National Public Sector Accountants Conference (NAPSAC) which was held on 13 June in Kuantan, Pahang.The conference which was co-organised by Jabatan Akauntan Negara Malaysia (JANM), Persatuan Akauntan Sektor Awam Malaysia (PERASAMA) and the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA),was officiated by the Deputy Minister of Finance, Datuk Hj. Ahmad Maslan who was representing Minister of Finance II, Dato’ Seri Ahmad Husni Mohamad Hanadzlah.

Themed “Dynamic Transformation Towards Excellence and Sustainability “, NAPSAC 2013 seeked to demonstrate the role of accountants in the public sector which not only focused on upholding accountability, integrity and creating value but also in safeguarding public funds for the well-being of the Rakyat and the country’s progress and development.

As key members in the government’s policies and administrative eco-system, an accountant’s role in ensuring efficient and effective policies in managing public funds is very crucial. Accountants are required to add value, provide efficiency and efficacy to support and implement government’s policies and programs.

Given the expanding scope and diversity of the accountants in the public sector, it is very clear that achieving long-term sustainability through dynamic transformation should be the overarching theme of NAPSAC 2013. Excellence and sustainable practices need to be extended beyond traditional ways of building strategies, monitoring performance and reporting of value; making NAPSAC 2013 essential for all accountants in the public sector.

NAPSAC 2013 was acknowledged as being a hotbed for lively discussions through 10 sessions attended by some of the most influential thought leaders and decision makers in accounting, finance, business and management from Malaysia and also abroad.

Among experts who were presenting at NAPSAC 2013 are: Jean-Philip Duval, Partner, PwC France; Lau Kien Fah, Partner, Advisory Services, EY Malaysia; Dr. Muhamad Zainuddi Mat Taib, Public Sector ICT Principal Consultant (Strategic), MAMPU; Datuk Mohd Nasir Ahmad, President MIA; Luciano Pezzota, Managing Partner of Eurasian Consulting for Strategic Innovation; Syarizal Rahim, Director, Assurance Services, EY Malaysia; Mohammad Faiz Mohammad Azmi, Executive Chairman, PwC.

NAPSAC 2013 also places a high emphasis on the sharing of a range of advanced topics and issues swirling about in today’s public sector accounting landscape, especially regarding the migration towards accrual accounting which is expected to be fully implemented by the government in 2015.

In-line with this development, key topics relating to this subject matter were discussed. These include topics such as :-
– A Case Study on International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) and its impact on France public sector;.
– Enhancing Transparency and Sustainability in Financial Reporting via Accrual-Based Accounting;
– Future e-Government (EG): New Models, New Challenges, New Instruments;