Our latest monthly roundup features an interview with CIMB chairman Datuk Mohd Nasir Ahmad FCCA. As one of South-East Asia’s biggest players in finance with more than 16 million customers, CIMB’s ambition is to be an ASEAN sustainability leader. Nasir explains how it can achieve that goal.

The increasingly prevalence of digital payments in Asia is the subject of our article on cashless societies. We consider the trend in the region and what this may mean for accounting professionals.

We also look at the findings of an ACCA survey that reveal the extent of work to be done by governments to improve their public financial management (PFM) systems. Looking at survey responses from more than 1,500 ACCA members and affiliates on how governments responded to the pandemic and how PFM should now evolve to deal with future crises, the report describes a mixed picture globally.

If you’re wanting to get ahead with your CPD units this year, we have an article offering tips on managing self-criticism, and an overview of the IASB’s plans for sustainability standards, among other features in our CPD section.

Finally, don’t forget that AB has been producing podcasts on a range of topics – so you can stay informed.

We wish you a happy and healthy 2022.

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