Dear Esteemed Members of the ICAI Dubai Chapter,
It is a great privilege and a profound moment for me to get elected and address you all as the Chairman of the most vibrant, award-winning and the largest overseas Chapter of the ICAI, our own Dubai Chapter.
My journey in the Dubai Chapter as an Executive Committee Member began in the year 2015, and after serving twice as a member of the Executive Committee, and then Treasurer, Secretary and Vice Chairman, I stand today in front of you, after 6 long years, as your Chairman with lots of gratitude. I am a firm believer in perseverance, collaboration, inclusion & teamwork and strongly believe in giving back to the professional community. With lots of humbleness, I can firmly say that these beliefs have fueled my growth professionally and personally.
Let me first thank the UAE Leadership for their support to the Indian Expatriate community and to our CA professionals by providing them with the right environment which has enabled us to excel in our profession and we will do our best to contribute to the vision envisaged by the UAE Leadership. My deepest gratitude and appreciation to H.E. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mabarak Al Nahyan, Hon’ble Cabinet Member and Minister of Tolerance, Government of UAE for his continuous support to the Chapter. Also, thank our Ambassador of India to UAE, H.E. Pavan Kapoor and Consul-General of India to Dubai, H.E. Dr Aman Puri for their continued support and guidance for the Chapter activities. We will closely coordinate with our Consulate in Dubai and support them for the community and social causes as we did so in the past.
I am very proud of the strategic relationship built by our Indian Leaders with UAE and as members of the CA brand, we will not leave any stone unturned to build further on this relationship and work on the common interests and for the benefits of both the countries. The Chapter’s activities and initiatives are well supported by our ICAI Leadership in New Delhi and I thank our President, Vice President, Secretary, members of the Central Council and International Affairs Department for their support and guidance. We all need to carry the ICAI brand to greater heights and always uphold with high esteem our basic principles of Ethics & Integrity which are the Foundations of our profession.
We are the creators of our LIVES, my message to all is please stay focused on your goals, be positive and stay safe. The Theme of the 39th Year of Excellence is “Year of Return to New Normal” or adapting, living the New Normal. We will emphasize a lot on Re-Skilling which is very relevant in the post-pandemic era. When we all join, the sky will be the limit. I am sure and hopeful that the coming years will add lots of color in our lives and we will have plenty of opportunities which we should use to collaborate and work together with inclusion for the achievement of all. Let us stay connected, help each other, dream big and reach for the Stars.
Considering this, we have planned a variety of CPE events for the year, and our first event “CEOs Conclave - How CEOs navigated through the Pandemic” was a major milestone for the Chapter as members could hear the CEOs and H.H. Sheikh Rashid Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi and get inspired. In the coming few months, we have planned events relating to Indian Income Tax and UAE Laws relating to Financial Management of Businesses which will cover Bankruptcy, AML etc. We have also planned a session - “Life Lessons to be passed on to Younger Generation”, in which the Chief Guest H.E. Sheikh Eng. Salem Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Department of Civil Aviation, Ras Al Khaimah (RAKDCA) & Chairman of RAK International Airport, Shri N R Narayana Murthy, Co-Founder of Infosys and Dr. Azad Moopen, Founder Chairman & Managing Director of Aster DM Helthcare, will be sharing their Life Lessons with all of us which I believe will motivate each one of us. We have also requested Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to have an exclusive session with our members and share the secrets of de-stressing which is an essential art for physical/mental well-being in the New Normal. We are also trying to bring prominent members from UAE community to address the members.
I request all the members to actively participate and engage collectively which reminds me of the famous saying of Theodore Roosevelt which I quote “in any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing”.
Focus Group meetings will also consider the Re-skilling required. All the focus groups are activated under the new Managing Committee for the members to excel in their areas of expertise. We have also lined up Sports activities to take care of the physical fitness of the members duly following the Covid-19 protocols.
I welcome all members to suggest topics/speakers which the Managing Committee will explore and if it is in the wider interest of the Members, we will plan the events accordingly.
In Dubai, we have many CAs who are not members in India as well as the Dubai Chapter and many of them are in their current role because of their CA professional qualification. To keep the CA qualification and to call themselves Chartered Accountants, it is a must that members need to keep their certification live by paying the membership fees in India as well as adhering to the CPE requirements. The Chapter provides the best platform to support the structured CPE requirements of the members and provides lots of opportunities to interact and collaborate. So my ask to our members is, if you come across someone who is a Chartered Accountant in Dubai but not a member in India/Dubai Chapter, please encourage him/her to return to the road which leads to continuous professional development, keeping in mind the great struggles undertaken to qualify as a CA.
Considering the current protocols for the Covid-19, we are having our CPE events virtually and I hope that as and when the situation improves and when authorities start giving the permissions, we will slowly start our CPE events physically duly following the Covid-19 protocols.
To provide the members with a unique virtual experience (Selfie, CPE certificates printing) and to showcase the presence of our sponsors on our virtual events, we are considering setting up a virtual platform which can be reused for our CPE events.
Let us all together Learn and Re-Skill to Thrive in the New Normal.
With deepest gratitude,
CA Sunder Nurani
ICAI (Dubai) Chapter NPIO