Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Caribbean

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Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Caribbean (ICAC)
Motto Veritas et Virtus
Formation October 28, 1988; 26 years ago (1988-10-28)
Legal status Corporation
Objective Education and licensing of professional accountants
Headquarters Kingston,  Jamaica
Region served Caribbean
Official languages English
President Joan Brathwaite
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Misha Lobban
Website www.icac.org.jm

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Caribbean (ICAC) is an association of accounting organizations in the Caribbean region that promotes professionalism and standards of best practice in the region.[1]

Purpose[edit]

The ICAC was incorporated as a company on October 28, 1988 under the laws of Jamaica. Aims are to promote international standards for best accountancy practices, to build a strong and cohesive Accountancy profession, and to encourage exchange of ideas and information between accountants who belong to the member bodies. The ICAC supports self-regulation based on a regional monitoring program, and encourages standardization of qualifications and professional conduct rules. The institute seeks to give leadership on issues that affect the accounting profession in the region.[1]

Activities[edit]

Following the meltdown of Enron at the end of 2001, ICAC came under increasing pressure to improve oversight of the accounting industry.[2] In July 2003 ICAC was planning to introduce a regional practice-monitoring system to enhance the regulatory capacity of the profession.[3] After a number of corporate failures during the late-2000s financial crisis, ICAC announced a scheme in November 2008 under which all members of the accounting Institutes in Barbados, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago who performed audits would receive at least one monitoring visit during the six-year period starting in 2009.[4] As of 2009, all Caribbean islands that are part of ICAC had to undergo peer review except Jamaica, which was regulated by a public accountant oversight board.[5] ICACs emphasis on self-regulation and peer review has been criticized, since it is difficult to guarantee independence with the small numbers of professional accountants in each member state.[6]

In 2006, ICAC was helping its member institutes to prepare for the Caribbean Single Market (CSM).[7] The ICAC 2011 annual meeting, held in the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston on 23–25 June 2011, attracted about 1,000 accountants from across the region.[8]

Membership[edit]

Members are

Affiliates are

As of 2008 ICAC was continuing membership discussions with the Cayman Islands Society of Professional Accountants from the previous year, and was also discussing membership with the recently formed British Virgin Islands Association of Professional Accountants (BVIAPA) and Suriname Association of Accountants (SUVA).[9] The Suriname Association of Accountants was an associate of ICAC in 2011.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Goals and Objectives". ICAC. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  2. ^ "One Year After Enron". Starbroek News. 2 February 2003. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  3. ^ "New system proposed for Carib accountants". Jamaica Gleaner. July 31, 2003. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  4. ^ "Auditing regional auditors". Caribbean 360. November 20, 2008. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  5. ^ CHESTER ROBARDS. "Accountants facing two-tier licensing". Tribune Media. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  6. ^ CHRISTOPHER RAM (June 28, 2009). "Guyana hosts regional accounting conference". Starbroek News. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  7. ^ Nicholas Richards (October 5, 2006). "Canadian accountancy certification accepted in Jamaica". Jamaica Gleaner. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  8. ^ "Jamaica hosting C'bean chartered accountants conference". Jamaica Observer. March 25, 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  9. ^ "Annual Report 2008". ICAC. Retrieved 2011-07-16. 
  10. ^ "Members And Affiliates". ICAC. Retrieved 2011-07-01.