Editor's note

Issue 620  April 2021

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In the CEO interview, I speak to Antoni Gomez Velvarde, Antea CEO and President of Auren to discuss his roles and the support and positioning each organisation offers in terms of differentiation and growth for their members in LATAM and Europe.

Continuing to look into LATAM, Luiz Bento, Managing Partner, GESCON CONSULTORIA (AGN International, Brazil) spotlights rules surrounding taxation of digital services in LATAM.

Several features focus on the impact of technology acceleration. Imad Adileh, Principal, Grant Thornton, KSA believes the accelerated adoption of tech will drive innovation across the Kingdom’s industries; furthermore from the GCC, James Mathew, CEO & Managing Partner at UHY James Chartered Accountants, UAE discusses the role of automation and the importance of leveraging digital workers in accounting procedures to enhance efficiency; Nick Jackson, President, CIMA and Financial Transformation Leader at Oracle comments on a joint study that suggests that robots and humans can work in harmony and Damon Anderson, Director of Operations at Xero UK comments on digitalisation’s impact on how we pay taxes.

A hot topic now and in the future surrounds the development of policy frameworks to encompass the debate around Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). To this end, Steve Heathcote, CEO PrimeGlobal offers his and member firm views that a modern generation of accountants take on wanting to work for firms that have purpose, weighing the merits of these organisations through an ethical and DEI lens.

David Herbinet at Mazars reports on a global survey that calls for audit’s reform needing to account for valuing people skills as much as technological innovation; Andy Campbell, Global Solution Evangelist, FinancialForce talks about revenue leakage being the silent killer of businesses and experts at Shasat Consulting look intothe positive and critical aspects of IFRS17 amendments of June 2020.

Do also read country reports and industry ranking tables on Turkey and the UAE along with additional tables for Saudi Arabia.