Agreement between ACCA and Institute of Certified Public Accounts of Greece
To strengthen the existing alliance, ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Greece (SOEL) have recently signed a partnership/cooperation agreement in Athens. Harilaos Alamanos, President of SOEL, and Datin Alexandra chin JP, Deputy President of ACCA, signed the agreement papers.
By signing this new agreement, ACCA and SOEL plans to build the Joint Examination Scheme (JES) that has been in place for past 5 years. The scheme has almost 2000 students who are studying to reach their goal of becoming qualified accountants. The existing offerings of ACCA, such as, the Foundation in Accountancy will also be a part of the new agreement.
The two organizations will also work together for further developments with the regulators, learning providers and employers
Speaking about the joint agreement, Datin Alexandra Chin JP said: ‘The deal secures ACCA’s and SOEL’s ongoing efforts to further expand the growth of the profession of accountancy in Greece. For economic stability within the community of Europe as well as globally, it is important to have talented, skilled, trained and professionally qualified finance professionals. ACCA and SOEL are working together to develop and establish new policies and ideas about the accountancy profession in Greece. It is really exciting times for Greece and for Europe.’
Harilaos Alamanos, President of SOEL said: ‘I am excited to announce the renewal of SOEL’s and ACCA partnership. The joint examination scheme which was started in 2009 is a proof of SOEL’s continuous efforts to provide high quality accountancy and finance education to existing as well as new certified public accountants.
‘It is a time of Greek’s economy renewal and it’s whole society. It will be important to see how capable Greek professionals are in meeting the challenges arising from this process of new change and adjustment. The future of the same depends on a process which includes merger and acquisitions, privatization, consolidation of business and the continuous stabilization of the banking sector of Europ and Greece.
‘If the Certified Public Accountants are to meet success then it is important that they are well equipped and trained as per the requirements of international standards. SOEL and I believe that collaboration with ACCA will help in the creation of high caliber professionals.
‘After the agreement, SOEL and the ACCA can look with confidence towards the future, working to improve the quality of educational services offered.’