This year marks the 15th year of uninterrupted services of PICPA Abu Dhabi chapter’s unparalleled commitment on quest for excellence. For an organization to survive this long, it takes great leadership and sense of direction to lead the path where we are right now. Salute to the people behind this remarkable success, hats off on their dedication of committed volunteerism service.


Through the years, PICPA Abu Dhabi Chapter has demonstrated its commitment to attain its objectives through increased concentration on member’s service, high performing projects that promote professional stature and prestige to our fellow accounting and finance professionals, and relevance in socially responsible programs and advocacy. The chapter’s program of activities are designed to project a strong, dynamic and unified organization of accounting professionals.


The great Henry Ford famously declared: “Coming together is beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success”. It has long been acknowledged that PICPA continues to move forward because its officers and members have consistently worked as a team. Teamwork divides the task and doubles the success. Despite all the challenges and obstacles that come along the way, we will continue to make our chapter a solid and outstanding family for all its members. This by far, is the best way for us to move forward.


As your Chapter President for this Fiscal Year 2017-2018, I remain focused on ensuring that all our members are aware of the many valuable and helpful resources available not just to help with your daily professional needs, but also to support your career development and advancement.  It is important for me to share practical ways to better utilize the resources and platform to make a difference – professionally and personally, regardless of how new or how seasoned we may be.  Let’s get involved and share tremendous experiences with our colleagues.  There are countless opportunities within our organization to get involved with and our various committees invite you to share your talents and energy with our fellow PICPAN’s. You can be a great assistance by becoming one of our mentors in the PICPA Tutorial Group (PTG program) as we help our dear associates fulfill their dream to become a CPA. Furthermore, there is a great challenge heading our way to enhance our profession as the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 10912 known as the “Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Act of 2016” has been fully implemented starting this year. We are calling your utmost support by becoming part of the CPD team as we help one another to learn and earn CPD units for our license renewal requirements. Be part of the membership team and serve our organization by addressing the membership concerns of our fellow PICPAN’s.  It is high time to step forward, stand tall to make a difference.


To close this, my challenge to each of you is to take the initiative to grow personally and professionally in 2017-2018 with PICPA Abu Dhabi chapter by your side.  My appeal to all of us PICPAN’s is for us to be able to adhere to the highest ideals of professionalism and commitment to service and uphold the values that define who we are:




We are committed to Excellence in all aspects of our professional practice.



We advocate the TRUTH and conduct ourselves at all times with honesty, uprightness and adherence to sound moral principles, thereby gaining the respect of the public.



We bind ourselves to uphold these ideals to ensure the accomplishment of PICPA's Vision and Mission.



We uphold a strong bond of unity, working in the spirit of harmony and commonality.



We strictly adhere to the code of professional conduct adopted by PICPA to ensure highest spiritual, moral and ethical standards.



We seek and apply new ideas to improve performance. We continuously promote creativity, flexibility and resourcefulness amidst constant change.



We commit ourselves to a strong, active and devoted sense of duty to society.


So, are you up for the challenge?


-Jong Prieto, CPA