The Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA) is holding its annual Accountants Week this week, with seminars from Tuesday through Friday at The Melia Nassau Beach Hotel.
Tuesday will be dedicated solely to Value-Added Tax (VAT) education, featuring seminars conducted by the Ministry of Finance’s VAT Unit, headed by Financial Secretary John Rolle.
Wednesday will feature discussions on the impact of regulatory and legislative changes on accountants and the wider community. Speakers will include Ryan L. Pinder, minister of financial services; Wendy Craigg, Governor of the Central Bank of the Bahamas; Obie Wilchcombe, minister of tourism; and the Constitutional Commission, led by Retired Justice Ruby Nottage.
The technical update for the accounting profession will take place on Thursday, facilitated by representatives from KPMG. Friday will be geared towards small and medium-sized enterprises, with featured speakers including Michael Halkitis, minister of state for finance; Arinthia Komolafe, managing director of the Bahamas Development Bank; Kendrick Christie, partner, Grant Thornton; and Reece Chipman, principal, SMS Chartered Accountants.
BICA is the regulatory body for the accounting profession in the Bahamas, with 500 members and over 300 licensees.