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26.03.2012
South Africa Meeting 2012
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This year’s South Africa Meeting was hosted by the Pretoriaoffice of our member firm Logista.

As per our meeting in Stellenbosch last year, BKR International was again represented by Stephen Hamlet, as Executive Director of the EMEA region, our EMEA Chairman, Peter Janssen, and the Asia Pacific regional director, Stephen Roger.

Delegates came from both the Pretoria and Stellenbosch offices of Logista, our member firm Boake, from Johannesburg, from Auditec-Foirier Consulting in Cameroon, and from International Proximity, in Mauritius.

Along with our delegates from outside South Africa, the BKR representatives were all treated to a most fantastic experience over the weekend prior to the meeting at a game farm, courtesy of Heinrich Regenass. We all thank him considerably for his hospitality during what was a most wonderful occasion.

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The business meeting commenced on Monday 19 March, where Stephen Roger (Sydney, Australia) provided a background to BKR International including an update of the Asia Pacific region. This was followed by Peter Janssen (Arnhem, the Netherlands) who presented an update of the EMEA region and Stephen Hamlet (London, United Kingdom) who completed the BKR presentations with a discussion as to his role for the region, current service offerings and future plans.

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Our first external presentation was provided by the Polygraph Institute of South Africa and was fascinating. Carlo Jones(Stellenbosch, South Africa)commenced proceedings for the first technical session on “Financial Reporting compliance issues” and Grant Allsopp(Sydney, Australia) completed this with his “Top 10 compliance issues identified in Audit Files”.

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After a fantastic lunch by the pool, our afternoon started with “Investment: Economic Overview”, presented by a local independent financial services company, PSG Konsult.

 

Michel Kangmeni (Douala, Cameroon) presented “Doing business in Cameroon” and provided delegates with many interesting unknown facts about the political and social climate, as well as business opportunities in his country.

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The day came to a climax with a presentation on Mauritius by Ashish Jagarnath (Port Louis, Mauritius). Ashish treated us to an extremely inviting insight into the Mauritian economy and business environment, explaining how Mauritius has become an International Financial Centre.

After a short break, delegates met for dinner and enjoyed South African hospitality which, for many, meant fabulous steaks and ‘even more fabulous’ wines!

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The Tuesday started with a most useful presentation on “Dividend Tax” by Donovan Fraser(Johannesburg, South Africa) which led to much discussion around the room.

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Delegates were then presented with a session on “Office etiquette”, including how to conduct oneself in the office, during meetings and at business events. This came courtesy of Fasset (a Sector Education and Training Authority for Finance, Accounting, Management Consulting and other Financial Services); and for some, this came a little too late for this year’s South Africa Meeting, but they shall be well prepared for the next one!group-photo-aspx

Our host, Heinrich Regenass(Pretoria, South Africa) completed the agenda with a discussion of “Family business”, and finished with a special thank you to Riana Barkhuizen for her assistance in organising the event.

 

Peter Janssen subsequently rounded off the meeting with some concluding remarks and, in thanking Heinrich and Logista once more for such superb hospitality, presented Heinrich with his “Flynth” cycling top, as a memento to their recent cycling adventures and, presumably, to provide free advertising in South Africa for his firm!

We look forward to next year’s event where we encourage even more firms to join us from other African countries and beyond.

Presentations from the meeting can be located in the Members Area at HERE.

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