NEW YORK (Nov. 16, 2015) – As part of its commitment to building relationships with counterparts in the Middle East, the American Institute of CPAs recently entered into several agreements with the Lebanese Association of Certified Public Accountants (LACPA) to share Institute resources promoting professional expertise and enhanced quality of services.

“We’re excited to have a closer working relationship with LACPA and its members,” said Joanne Fiore, the AICPA’s vice president of professional media, pathways and inclusion. “The agreements we now have in place allow the AICPA to strengthen and expand the bonds it has formed with accounting organizations in the region.”

Founded in 1962, LACPA has 1,750 members and is the sole nationwide organization representing the accounting profession in Lebanon. Under the agreements with the AICPA, LACPA members will gain access to:

  • A wide variety of online professional education programs, publications and materials designed by the AICPA
  • Thought leadership from the AICPA’s Journal of Accountancy, with select articles to be published monthly in LACPA’s publication, The Certified Accountant
  • A peer review initiative in the region that will encompass Lebanese, Egyptian and Jordanian CPA firms. As part of this effort, AICPA representatives conducted a peer review training seminar this month in Beirut

“We’re committed to providing professional development opportunities to our members, and our relationship with the AICPA allows us to deepen and expand upon what we already offer,” said LACPA President Elie Abboud.

The agreements between the AICPA and LACPA were signed in a ceremony earlier this month in Beirut attended by the Lebanese Minister of Finance and a representative of the World Bank.