Westpac once again lends its support to annual CPA Congress

CAPTION:?L – R Westpac Head of Marketing Nirmala Nambiar, Raven Achari, Neil Underhill and Ronald Prasad,?Director of Business and Corporate Marketing Vodafone. ?Mr?Raven Achari ?is the President of the CPA Fiji Division while Mr.?Neil Underhill is the CPA representative member in Fiji.

Westpac is once again partnering with Vodafone Fiji Limited to sponsor another key event on the country?s calendar, the 23rd annual Chartered Practicing Accountant (CPA) congress to be held on 23- 24 August at the Sheraton Fiji Resort.

As a major sponsor for the second year running, Westpac Banking Corporation and Vodafone Fiji Ltd handed over a joint sponsorship cheque for $60,000 in support of the much-anticipated yearly congress that is well attended by influential policy makers, business professionals, executives and members of the Chartered Practicing Accountant -Fiji Branch.

The forum facilitates dialogue in discussing and unlocking the opportunities available to Fiji?s business community in responding to social, economic, technological and legal changes.

Westpac Fiji?s General Manager, Mr Adrian Hughes said, ?We?re delighted to be the major sponsor again this year with our business partner Vodafone Fiji. Similar to the Fiji Accountants Congress, the event provides a platform for dynamic presentations and discussions to assist and inspire decision-makers and business professionals in their roles. It also provides an opportunity for relationship-building within the corporate and business sector.?

?Westpac is a strong and secure bank, having banked generations of Fijians and helped many businesses grow over this time. By supporting events such as the congress with the theme ??A World of Opportunity?; we strongly believe we can assist businesses grow by assisting them to identify opportunities for business growth.

Mr Ravendra Achari, the president of the CPA ? Fiji Branch, spoke of the importance of this year?s theme. Mr Achari said the theme was selected by the CPA Council based on the opportunity that Fiji presents and the opportunities that the global economy presents for smart businesses and for smart business leaders. This year?s congress has a promising line-up of speakers to deliver on a mix of business and economic issues.?

?Having sponsors such as Westpac and Vodafone supporting the event is crucial to its success and we are grateful that they have come aboard again,? Mr. ?Achari added.

?It is important to note that this year?s Congress sponsorship is expected by far the biggest ever to be received by CPA in its 23 years of existence. That clearly demonstrates the forum is of high value. ?

Westpac operates in seven Pacific countries – Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga, Cook Islands and Samoa ? through its network of more than 50 branches, 100 ATMs, thousands of merchants and In-store Banking facilities.

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