Chinese National Audit Office name Manchester as favourite UK city
01 November 2011
A delegation of 23 auditors and accountants from the National Audit Office of China visited the Certified Public Accountants Association’s Manchester HQ and named the city as the friendliest they had visited so far.
The visit was on Wednesday 26 October at CPAA’s Deansgate HQ and followed hot on the heels of a visit in September by the Chinese Audit Society.
The group of mainly Mandarin speakers had already visited Cardiff and London and were preparing to head up north to Edinburgh. The CPAA was the only accountancy membership organisation visited by the group during the tour, all other venues being universities and local authority offices.
The delegation, a mix of men and women, was led by Deputy Director General Head of Delegation Department of Enterprise Audit, Dongping Mao from Beijing. They were accompanied by a translator.
The delegates were given a presentation about the CPAA and UK accountancy, followed by green tea and sushi refreshments. CPAA Chairman Bill Annand and CPAA’s Practising Accountant magazine editor Catherine Pasek were each presented with silk handkerchiefs and coasters. Company Secretary Paul Matthews and General Manager Peter Hathaway were given books on Chinese horoscopes. The Chinese auditors were thrilled to leave with miniature bottles of whisky, ties and pens.
“We had heard from our colleagues that the people at CPAA were knowledgeable and interesting hosts,” said Dongping Mao. “We made it our priority to visit an organisation who could teach us about UK auditing and accounting. We wanted to learn more about good methods of practice and experience, especially with regards to performance auditing errors. We really like Manchester, it’s the friendliest place we have been so far!” she concluded.
“Hosting these charming people was a great honour, said CPAA Chairman Bill Annand. “It proves that our Association is of worth to the accountancy profession both at home and overseas.
CPAA continues to grow its overseas membership. It had a stand at the November 2010 World Congress of Accountants in Malaysia where more than 2,600 new contacts were made, as well as links forged with a number of international accountancy bodies.