Chairman's Message

CA. BISHAN SHAH,
CHAIRPERSON
Ahmedabad Branch of WIRC of ICAI
Dear Members,

Best wishes for a prosperous 2023! Thank you so much for keeping me in your thoughts, as I witnessed throughout the year as the members participated and supported the branch in all its endeavors. Members of Ahmedabad are always in my heart and will be it makes my heart sing! During the year 2022, your love and affection will keep us motivated and moving. We, Team Ahmedabad, tried to help and work for the fraternity members and students. The sub-regional conference was well attended by colleagues from our branch, and the presence of the former Acting Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court, Shri Vineet Kothari, inspired us. The talks of our WIRC office bearers at the sub-regional conference enlightened us. Our 2023 reference guide served its purpose of reaching members on time, and it will be useful to all members.

We feel proud that the Tax Conclave held at Pramukhswami Shatabdi Mahotsav was inaugurated by our President CA. (Dr.) Debashish Mitra and Vice President CA. Aniket Talati and jointly organised by all branches of Gujarat. The said conclave would not have been possible without the guidance and able leadership of our Vice President, CA. Aniket Talati. Respected Mahantswami, Brahmvihari Swami, and Gyanvatsalswami have shown us unconditional love and care during this Gyan Mahotsav, for which we are obliged to them. I am thankful to all the volunteers for their unconditional support.

We are pleased to share that the "ICAI Ahmedabad Connects" mobile app was launched during the Tax Conclave, through the worthy hands of our Hon’ble President CA. (Dr.) Debashis Mitra and in the august presence of our Hon’ble Vice President CA. Aniket Talati, Past President of the ICAI CA. Sunil Talati, and CCM CA. Purushottam Khandelwal. The purpose of this app is to establish a streamlined connection between the branch and its members and to offer an ecosystem where members can connect with each other to share ideas, collaborate, and engage in healthy networking. Members can download the apps now and log in with their registered ICAI mobile number to get access to this exclusive community.

Our Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Bhupendrabhai Patel, inaugurated the National Conference of Students with the theme "Acquiring Acute Acumen and Attitude," with the objective that our students get deep learning and knowledge of the subject, gain wisdom, develop business acumen, and develop an attitude that would help them become commerce experts, in turn contributing to the prosperity of our nation. The gracious presence of an Indian Army officer during the conference made all the students feel proud of their nation. I would like to congratulate WICASA Chairperson CA. Chetan Jagetiya for his tireless efforts in making this conference a success.

We had planned daily visits to GIFT City for our members. We acknowledge the support extended by our member, CA. Shwetang Pandya, during the same. As GIFT City is an ocean of opportunities, we will be having a one-day conference to learn more about how members can use their presence in GIFT City to help the country get more foreign exchange in terms of earnings and investments.

Our two-day startup conference will undoubtedly result in more CAs facilitating startup investment, and we are grateful to CEO Shri Hiranmay Mahanta and i-hub for being knowledge partners.

We organised a series on accounting standards and auditing standards. I appreciate the efforts of CA. Rinkesh Shah for his extraordinary efforts in contributing wholeheartedly to the same. We had also organised a series on GST, and I am thankful to CA Vaibhav Jajoo for the support he extended for such a wonderful series. We had also organised an exhaustive series on RERA (RERA 2.0) for our members to understand the nuances of the regulatory framework governing RERA, and we hope that our members have extensively benefited from the same. We are thankful to CA Manan Doshi for his efforts in organising the same.

We had hosted an outreach programme for the social stock exchange jointly with Gujarat Vidhyapith, Janpath, the Blind Peoples’ Association, and Sadvichar Parivar. More than 50 NGOs in Gujarat took part in the outreach programme, and experts from the Social Stock Exchange and SEBI deliberated on related topics. This would not have been possible without the painstaking efforts of our CCM CA, Purushottam Khandelwal. We had also organised seminars on SQC, networking, multidisciplinary partnership firms, the code of ethics, and RTI to ensure that members got the most out of them.

We are planning to have a two-day conference for the members in practise on various topics for small and medium firms, including more knowledge enriching sessions on direct and indirect taxes as well as international taxation and FEMA.

We organised a winter cricket tournament for our members, where we were able to sharpen our management skills and network with professional colleagues during this edition of the winter cricket tournament. Kudos to the Chairperson of the Sports Committee, CA. Abhinav Malaviya, for crafting this tournament.

"It is not where you start but how high you aim that matters for success." Nelson Mandela

With this, I can say, "Together, we will win. We can! Team ICAI Ahmedabad rocks." As 2023 will be a remarkable year in the history of the Ahmedabad Branch of the WIRC of the ICAI, I urge and request all the members to aim high and take the profession to new heights.

CA. BISHAN R. SHAH
CHAIRPERSON,
Ahmedabad Branch of WIRC of ICAI