MGI Africa and Middle East & North Africa joint meeting 2018

Meeting Overview

The decision made during the 2017 AGM in Frankfurt to hold a joint meeting, successfully brought together MGI Worldwide global accountancy association members from MGI Africa and MGI Middle East & North Africa Regions. They met on 2-3 May in Dubai, easily accessible from most parts of Africa and a key economic centre in the region.

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20 members, including 2 from sister organisation Mackrell International and one member from MGI Asia Region, attended the meeting hosted by international accounting firm MGI Salim Rajkotwala, MGI Worldwide accounting group member in Dubai.

Building positive relationships across borders

Many of the members present were meeting each other for the first time. There were also 4 new members (who have joined since December 2017), two from MENA (Al-Hamli & Partners and Boubyan Consulting Company) and two from Africa (Haruna Yahaya & Co. and Alekim & Associates). The positive interactions had during the meeting were important to build their respective business networks.

The day of the meeting began with each member being giving 90-seconds to introduce themselves and their firm. This set the tone for the meeting with members having open and robust discussions.

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Important updates and group discussions

CEO, Clive Bennett, briefed members on 3 key topics: the Quality Assessment process; the Member Enhancement project; and the new MGI Worldwide membership awards.

The panel session on “Diversification from traditional audit services” threw up some good ideas for members to consider in their respective practices. Nigel Rowley, the Chairman of Mackrell International, also talked a little about the work of Mackrell and his vision on how members of both the organisations can work together.

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The afternoon saw members discussing ways and means to build the MGI Worldwide global network brand in their respective countries, and how best to promote their MGI Worldwide membership for the benefit of their firms in their local and international markets.

In addition to the meetings, members enjoyed valuable time together during coffee breaks and over dinner to make new aquaintances and strengthen existing friendships.

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Members were very positive about the outcomes from this meeting and look forward to having further joint accountancy network meetings in the future.

Meeting Information:

Date: 2-3 May
Location: Dubai
Attendees: 20 Delegates

Meeting Documentation:

Delegate list

Meeting downloads:

CEO International Update
CEO Q&A Self Assessent presentation
Membership survey results

For more information contact the Regional Director for Africa and MENA, Audrey Danasamy 

MGI Africa and MGI Middle East & North Africa are part of MGI Worldwide, a top 20 ranked global accounting network with some 5,000 independent auditors, accountants and tax experts in over 250 locations around the world.