Global accountancy and law network Morison International (MI) held its 1996 annual conference at the Raffles City Convention Centre, Westin Stamford Hotel in Singapore on 24 and 25 May.

The conference, which brought together over 100 representatives from MI members around the world, discussed MI’s strategy for its next cycle of growth as well as exploring business opportunities in East Asia for clients.

It is the first time the Group’s conference has been held in East Asia and the choice of Singapore indicates its important role as a hub for regional growth.

MI opening speakers from left to right Mr Thomas Yeoh, Mr Roscon Chang, Mr Per Krogh Petersen, Mr Paul Wan.

The theme centered on developing a global network to service clients’ needs and enhancing cross-border busineess opportunities for clients and members. Discussions were held to gain the views of members, presentations of new quality standards, a review of plans to improve communication between members and new products developed by MI members.

Workshops included a wide range of topical business issues, from the impact of new rules on OECD transfer pricing to using information technology to create a “super efficient” firm and creating business opportunities in East Asia.

Key note speakers, Mr Roscon Chang from Singapore Tourism Promotion Board gave a welcome address on Singapore as an Asia’s Premier Convention City, whilst Mr Thomas Yeoh from Singapore’s Economic Development Board delivered a very interesting paper on “Singapore as a Business Hub”.

A highlight of the Conference was an exhibition of products, services and business opportunities. One of the showcased products was the Private VO Nett, a revolutionary information technology product being developed by IBM and Dutch software house Netwijzer that has been billed as “the office of the future”.

The confrence was a success and all the delegates benefited from the various discussions and workshops. Established in 1990, MI now has a turnover of $150 Million and is represented in 116 commercial centres worldwide.

MI workshop in progress (left to right) Mr Piet Blok, Mr Hein van Baalen, Mr Jean-Pierre Larroze.

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