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ICAI Announces Plans to Strengthen CA Firms Through Aggregation

ICAI New Rules for Domestic CA Firms

The President of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) revealed plans to introduce complete guidelines to enhance the competitiveness of domestic chartered accountant (CA) firms. Such measures position local firms on par with global giants like the Big Four.

There are certain aggregation guidelines that the President specifies, they are performing a thorough amendment to effectively align with the evolving landscape of the accounting industry. The coming regulations shall incorporate the international networking rules that enable domestic firms to develop collaborations with overseas companions.

ICAI this year before has made a Committee for Aggregation of CA Firms (CACAF) to again assess and update the ongoing guidelines. The amended navigation shall comprise distinct facts that comprise norms controlling the mergers and demergers, multidisciplinary partnerships, and advertisement regulations for CAs, the president ascertains.

The extensive goal is to ease the growth of Indian CA firms furnishing them with routes towards expansion and promoting competitiveness.

The President emphasized the consequential role of the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City International Financial Services Centre (GIFT IFSC) in revolutionizing the landscape for Indian CAs. International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA) made an expert committee, chaired by the ICAI President, to explore the methods to build the  GIFT IFSC as a global hub for finance and accounting.

The suggestions of the committee furnished before IFSCA dated March have been as per the public scrutiny with the final norms expected for the release by the finish of the forthcoming month. Such suggestions comprise the start of the new legislation related to the bookkeeping, accounting, tax, and financial crime compliance services, including the provisions for the establishment of a Center of Excellence in GIFT City to enhance the skill set of CAs to international standards.

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The huge potential for Indian CAs in the outsourcing sector, specifically following the establishment of branches in GIFT City is been highlighted by the President. He learned that the same development might be a game changer for the industry.

Also, it specifies the plans for GIFT IFSC, the committee suggested authorizing branches of companies and Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs) in the field as per the norms by recognized bodies like ICAI, the Institute of Company Secretaries of India, or The Institute of Cost Accountants of India.

Specifying India’s rapidly growing economy, the President underscored the CA’s important role, stating a demand for three million working CAs by 2047 to sustain the growth of the nation’s trajectory. He stressed the comprehensive need for planning and training to fulfil this demand.

ICAI through such initiatives and coming strategies, has the objective to empower the Indian CA firms to compete globally and contribute towards the economic advancement of the country. 

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