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AFA brings APFinSA leaders to Sydney

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SYDNEY: 19 January 2018 – The Association of Financial Advisers (AFA) will host 50 Asia Pacific (APAC) financial advice leaders, including presidents and senior representatives from 11 financial adviser associations across the region, at the 15th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Asia Pacific Financial Services Association (APFinSA) in Sydney from 29 January-1 February 2018.

APFinSA council members represent the voice of over 100,000 financial service professionals.

AFA National President, Marc Bineham said the APFinSA AGM presents Australia with the opportunity to showcase how Australian advisers are leading the region in the delivery of financial advice.

“This is an auspicious occasion because it is the first time the APFinSA AGM will be held on Australian soil,” he said. “It is our opportunity to show leaders from the APAC advice community first-hand the very high quality of the Australian advice profession and how our focus on higher education, client outcomes and connecting with people is redefining what advisers learn and practice.”

The AGM will channel discussion on important areas of the advice profession, including:

·       Policy and regulatory advocacy

·       Education

·       Technology

All APFinSA member countries are united by the Fellow Chartered Financial Practitioner (FChFP) designation.

The International Certification and Standards Board (ICSB) of APFinSA will also convene in Sydney, shortly before the APFinSA AGM. AFA General Manager, Member Services, Partnerships and Campus, Nick Hakes, was last year appointed Vice Chairman of the ICSB, which governs the professional certifications and education pathways of APFinSA.

Mr Hakes said, “The Australian advice profession and our education pathways are held in the highest esteem by our Asia-Pacific neighbours and we are delighted to host the APFinSA’s 15th annual AGM.”

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The Association of Financial Advisers Limited (AFA) has been the authentic voice on the value of financial advice for over 70 years. Today, the AFA is a vibrant, innovative association, where the underlying driver of policy is the belief that great advice transforms lives. To this end the AFA is striving to achieve the vision of Great Advice for More Australians. The AFA’s ongoing relevance as a professional association is derived from its success in engaging with the major stakeholders in financial advice including advisers, consumers, licensees, product and service providers, and the regulator and government. Culturally the AFA believes in the value of collaboration to create powerful outcomes and this drives how we achieve influence and work towards our vision.