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SME Forum 2019
Date
27 February 2019
Time
08:15 - 17:00
Venue
Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Golden Sands
Category
Banking, Funds, Management & Leadership
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Event Overview

The Malta Institute of Accountants (MIA) is holding the 10th Edition of the Annual SME Forum on the 27th February 2019, bringing you the targeted insight and focused networking you need. 
The SME Forum aims to assist SMEs and SMPs to manage their potential and explore various opportunities in Malta and to broaden dialogue with state bodies, while reducing administrative barriers, increasing the effectiveness and assisting in the provision of financial and institutional support for SMEs and SMPs.
Invited participants in the SME Forum include representatives of the banking sector, audit and legal firms, representatives of new and alternative ways of finance, directors of small and medium-sized companies, government representatives and much more.
The MIA is keen on giving all the necessary support to these enterprises, which make up the majority of the country's national economy, and its commitment in hosting the 10th SME Forum supports this.
The SME Forum is a comprehensive event that SMEs and SMPs should attend. Don’t miss your opportunity!

Speakers
Ms Maria Cauchi Delia, CEO, Malta Institute of Accountants
Mr David Pace, Chair, MIA SMP Committee 
Dr Diane Bugeja, Senior Associate, Camilleri Preziosi Advocates
Mr John Debattista, Partner, Audit and Assurance, Zampa Debattista, & MIA SMP Committee Member
Mr Albert Frendo, Chief Credit Business Development Officer, Bank of Valletta Group
Mr Simon Micallef, Senior Manager, Compliance, APS Bank Ltd
Dr Mariosa Vella Cardona, Deputy Secretary General, Malta Bankers' Association
Mr Matthew Caruana, Manager, ZAAR Crowdfunding Platform
Mr Philip Maurice Mifsud, Country Ambassador for Malta, Revolut (UK), & Senior Vice President, Blockchain Generation (Silicon Valley, USA), & Global Business Development Director, Blockchart (Malta)
Ms Catherine Galea, Head, Banking Supervision, MFSA 
Mr Ranier Fsadni, Assistant Lecturer, Faculty of Arts , University of Malta
Mr David Spiteri Gingell, Advisor on Pension and Social Security Reform, Ministry for the Family and Social Solidarity
Ms Angie Ann Camilleri, Senior Associate, RSM Malta
Mr Thomas Galea, Member of International Assembly, ACCA, & Director, Audit Services, KPMG
Ms Karen Sultana, Head, Quality Assurance Unit, Accountancy Board, Ministry for Finance
Ms Abigail Mamo, CEO, GRTU
Mr Neville Cutajar, Managing Director, 3a Malta
Dr Enry Donato di Giacomo, Vice Secretary General, Maltese Italian Chamber of Commerce
Mr Nick Jeffrey, Regional Head of Policy - Europe and the Americas, ACCA 
Mr Andrew W. J. Mamo, Vice-President and Chair of the Family Business Committee, Malta Chamber of Commerce
Mr David Vella, Co-Founder & CEO, Altaro
Dr Natalie Kenely, Head, Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of Malta
Programme

SME Forum 2019 | Programme | Wednesday 27th February 2019


08:15 Registration & Welcome Coffee


09:00   Welcome Address
Ms Maria Cauchi Delia, CEO, Malta Institute of Accountants
Mr David Pace, Chair, MIA SMP Committee 

09:05   The impact of recent developments in AML & CFT regulation on SMEs and SMPs
The AML/CFT regulatory landscape is a dynamic environment which requires SMEs and SMPs to keep abreast with their increasing compliance obligations.
The session will trace through the recent domestic and EU developments in the AML/CFT regulatory framework and identify the challenges faced by SMEs and SMPs together with practical solutions on how to tackle these.
Dr Diane Bugeja, Senior Associate, Camilleri Preziosi Advocates

09:50   A Hands-on approach to the practical application of GAPSME 
One of the most challenging areas in GAPSME is financial instruments, in particular, ‘Held to maturity investments and Loans and receivables’.
Other concepts such as discounting and carrying an asset at amortised cost using the effective interest method, also prove difficult to accountants in practice.
This session will present practical case studies that will address such challenges. 
Mr John Debattista, Partner, Audit and Assurance, Zampa Debattista, & MIA SMP Committee Member 

 10:35   Networking Coffee Break 

10:50   An exploration into traditional & new sources of financing – a discussion of the current banking and lending landscape  
Bank loans are the most common source of external finance for many SMEs and entrepreneurs, which poses challenges especially to disruptors and start-ups. Opening of bank accounts, locally has become an issue that is impacting all levels of the economy, hence the traditional banks could be seen as ‘going overboard’ when screening clients.  But is it the case? Over the recent years new and alternative sources of financing have become available and this session will compare and contrast processes, threats and opportunities of new vs traditional approaches. 
 
Panel Members: 
Mr Matthew Caruana, Manager, ZAAR Crowdfunding Platform
Mr Albert Frendo, Chief Credit Business Development Officer, Bank of Valletta Group
Ms Catherine Galea, Head, Banking Supervision, MFSA 
Mr Philip Maurice Mifsud, Country Ambassador for Malta, Revolut (UK), & Senior Vice President, Blockchain Generation (Silicon Valley, USA), & Global Business Development Director, Blockchart (Malta)
Mr Simon Micallef, Senior Manager, Compliance, APS Bank Ltd
Dr Mariosa Vella Cardona, Deputy Secretary General, Malta Bankers' Association
Mr Ranier Fsadni, Assistant Lecturer, Faculty of Arts , University of Malta - Moderator

12:05 Networking Lunch Break 

13:05 Breakout Sessions 

 Breakout Session 1 – Pensions 
Mr David Spiteri Gingell, Leader of the implementation of the 2017-2019 Strategy for Retirement and Financial Capability, Ministry for the Family and Social Solidarity
Breakout Session 2 – The FIAU Risk Evaluation Questionnaire – a practical Session
Dr Malcolm Mallia, Founder of LEXCO Compliance
13:50 Leveraging Big Data for Growth 
Ms Angie Ann Camilleri, Senior Associate, RSM Malta

14:20 Implementing Formal & Effective Quality Assurance Systems
The world of auditing is rapidly changing as regulators around the world continue to expect more from auditors.  Quality remains high on the agenda of all stakeholders as auditing standards, laws and regulations continue to change to try and bridge the gap between what is being delivered and what the world expects.  
Measuring quality can be subjective and is potentially measured with different yardsticks by different stakeholders.  So how should we look at quality and to what extent can technology be allowed to impact the quality of assurance?
The second part of the session on quality assurance will provide an analysis of the audit profession and the main players in the market, explain the relationship between the Accountancy Board and the Quality Assurance Unit and look at some changes to the QAU visit methodology used during visits to PIE audit firms.  During the session, the main stages and areas of focus during a quality assurance visit will be revised.  Furthermore, the main findings arising from QAU visits will be identified and recommendations provided.
Mr Thomas Galea, Member of International Assembly, ACCA, & Director, Audit Services, KPMG
Ms Karen Sultana, Head, Quality Assurance Unit, Accountancy Board, Ministry for Finance

15:05 Current challenges and success factors for a growing business
Many businesses start off with brilliant ideas and a lot of ambition, however at times they struggle to grow in the way they could have envisaged. Directing the organisation to long-term prosperity and bringing stakeholders together, is key to success. SMEs and SMPs, vary in different ways in terms of economic activity, culture, structure and governance arrangements; yet the challenges they face are often common.
To succeed, the leaders of SMEs and SMPs need to recognize elements both within and beyond their enterprise and build a resilient organisation.

15:05 – 15:20  Presentation by Ms Abigail Mamo, CEO, GRTU
15:20 – 16:20 Panel Discussion
Panel Members: 
Mr Neville Cutajar, Managing Director, 3a Malta
Dr Enry Donato di Giacomo, Vice Secretary General, Maltese Italian Chamber of Commerce
Mr Nick Jeffrey, Regional Head of Policy - Europe and the Americas, ACCA 
Mr Andrew W. J. Mamo, Vice-President and Chair of the Family Business Committee, Malta Chamber of Commerce
Mr David Vella, Co-Founder & CEO, Altaro
Mr Ranier Fsadni, Assistant Lecturer, Faculty of Arts , University of Malta - Moderator

16:20 Leadership skills for 2020 
Employees today want a purpose-driven and meaningful job. They want more than just to work for an organisation that’s only concerned with numbers. Many are looking for a place to belong. The session will explore the skills that leaders need to transform the culture of their company in such a way as to ensure that employees are engaged with and care about the company they work for.  Belonging is essential to developing that sense of engagement and fostering this sense of belonging may be one of a leader’s most powerful levers.

Dr Natalie Kenely, Head, Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of Malta 

16:50 Closing Remarks

Why should delegates attend?

This event allows SMEs and Small Medium Practitioners (SMPs) to gain actionable insight and get solutions to their business problems, as well as explore opportunities for growth. The objective of the Forum is to discuss the current climate for small and medium-sized business and the measures which need to be taken in order to strengthen their role in the Maltese economy and beyond.

Other Information

The SME Forum 2019 rewards a mix of 6.75 hours of Structured Core and Professional CPE Competencies in terms of the Accountancy Board’s CPE Scheme.

Registration Information

Go to the MIA website to book online here or here!

Non-MIA members can also register as a non-member on the MIA website and proceed with the booking online. Queries should be directed to cpeevents@miamalta.org

SME Forum 2019

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