To begin with, I am grateful to the CA Association and its members for putting faith in me for this position. I would like to share that My Grandfather served CAA as president in 1973 and 50 years later I got this opportunity. As a community of Chartered Accountants we have shared responsibilities to uphold the law and be a partner in progress for the country. I along with my team members have chartered a vision for the upcoming year of this 73 year old Prestigious Association. The primary goal is to increase the brand value of CAA. We have been regularly doing seminars, study circle, brain trust seminar and many fellowship programs. In May, we have taken part in the Direct Tax Home Refresher Series which is a 12 Webinar program on various topics being conducted jointly with 8 other associations across the country. We have also planned several study circle programs on various topics related to allied laws like PMLA, Black Money Act etc. A Residential Refresher Course is planned at Nathdwara Rajasthan from 23-25 June. 3 Group Discussion meetings on daily income Tax issues, Audit and Sec 68/69 r.w. Sec 270 followed by Lecture from learned faculty is arranged. A panel discussion on how challenges can be converted to opportunities for SME CA is planned. Enrichment through publications in form of handbooks for ready reference is under works. It is very important to understand the needs of members of the association to make the participation more vibrant for which there is an exercise which will be undertaken to understand the issues faced by members on day to day basis and circulations in form of flyer, draft submissions and other such knowledge sharing activities through email will be done. The CAA can try to be a conduit between the member and the government by doing regular meetings with authorities to understand their issues and also represent member ordeals. The year is planned with lots of activities both educational and non-educational in form of entertainment and fellowship events. To achieve all of the above and much more I plan to work hand in hand with ICAI, our dear President ICAI Aniket Talati, Chairperson Ahmedabad Branch ICAI Anjali Chokshi and Vice chairperson WIRC Mr Hitesh Pomal who all are members of this association!!
I appeal to all readers that the association needs participation of young members in the activities of the association so they can take maximum benefit of the expertise of senior members. Our association as I know has robust group of CA's who are very dedicated to the association and work wonderfully as a team. This team work quality can be very beneficial to young members in practice and in industry. To conclude I would just say I am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead of us and to serve you all as President of the CAA. I am looking forward to working with each of you to build stronger and vibrant community of chartered accountants in Ahmedabad.
CA Shivang Chokshi, President
Chartered Accountants Association, Ahmedabad