I have completed the second leg of my SE Asia/Australian trip exploring the scope for accounting CPD. Last week I attended the Malaysian Institute of Accountants conference in Kuala Lumpur and visited other professional bodies.
The conference was huge and quite lavish: over 2300 delegates from over 20 countries. Online learning is still at an early stage in Malaysia. The costs of face to face CPD events are usually reimbursed by the Human Resources Development Board to which employers pay a 1% levy on payroll. Thus far the costs of online CPD are not reimbursed. 2/3 of the members of the MIA work in the Klang Valley (Kuala Lumpur and its linked communities to the west; a sort of M4 corridor).
Broadband reception is good in the Valley but much weaker in the more far flung towns and cities. There is an enthusiasm for face to face as the traditional CPD solution but interest in online CPD is growing especially among younger accountants, much as the situation in the UK 10-12 years ago.
I am hopeful accountingcpd.net will be launched in Malaysia in 2013 in a modest way and that overtime it will grow into the market leadership it enjoys elsewhere.
I spent the weekend in Kunming, capital of Yunnan province, SW China where my daughter is studying Mandarin. An interesting city with a very temperate climate unlike the summer fierce heat and smog and freezing cold winter of Beijing on the other side of the country.
When I was last here 5 years ago the airport was rather cramped. No longer, a vast new construction has erupted, rather like Stansted on steroids without the Ryanair hordes.
Our stumbling efforts towards an expanded Heathrow, Boris Island or whatever else Howard Davies proposes look rather feeble in comparison to Chinese determination.