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Introduction and Congratulatory Speech

(Osaka, Japan)

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Good morning ladies and gentleman. It is a pleasure to be here in Osaka, this beautiful city that was once the imperial capital of Japan. I would like to thank his Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito for welcoming us all to his country.

Osaka is a very fitting place to host the 17th conference of the Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants. In ancient times, this city served as the gateway to Japan for foreign visitors and envoys from across Asia. Today, Osaka once again welcomes visitors from across the Asia-Pacific region with open arms.

CAPA continues to play an integral role in the development of the accountancy profession in this region, which is in the midst of one of the greatest economic expansions in human history. Now more than ever, professional accountants in this region are essential to the long-term sustainability of this growth through their work within business and industry, in public practice, and in government service. As the organization for the profession in this region, CAPA must continue to support high quality work by all members of the profession, as it has done for so long.

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