Dear professional Colleagues,
It is indeed a privilege to serve as the Chairperson of this esteemed chapter and I feel truly blessed. With a deep sense of gratitude, I acknowledge the contributions of the founding members, past chairpersons, and the many fellow members who selflessly served in various committees in the past. It is their through their untiring efforts that the chapter has grown in strength over the last 17 years.
During this year, I consider it my good fortune to work with a dynamic and passionate team of my executive committee and subcommittee members who have committed their time and talents for the benefit of the chapter and its members.
Whilst the Chapter’s main objective is to provide continuing professional educational programs (CPE) of the highest quality and providing networking opportunities for our members, we must also be cognizant of the fact that we need to increase the visibility of Brand ‘ICAI’ Kuwait in the broader Indian diaspora and the local Kuwaiti business community. In order to achieve this goal, the committee is lining up a series of events and outreach programs. As Chartered Accountants, we should strive to be partners in nation building both in our home country and our adopted homeland Kuwait. We need to be seen as a responsible professional and socially conscious organization.
I am reminded of an Arabian proverb ‘He who has health has hope and he who has hope has everything.”. With many of us having desk jobs and spending long hours at our workplaces, we often tend to ignore our health. This year the committee will roll out a series of health and wellness initiatives which will hopefully foster a culture of improved health and wellbeing of its members
The Chapter also facilitates the conduct of the chartered accountancy examinations conducted by our Institute, the members of the committee volunteer their time to act as observers for these exams. I urge members to spread the word in respective circles to encourage others who have not yet completed their exams and had to give up on their dreams due to taking up employment overseas.
To conclude, I would humbly request our members to engage more with the Chapter and its activities. I leave you with a quote 'There is strength in numbers, yes, but even more so in collective goodwill. For those endeavors are supported by mighty forces unseen'.
Jai Hind! Jai ICAI!
CA Rabin Gonsalves
Kuwait Chapter of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India