The Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants ("BICA"/"The Institute") was incorporated on August 6, 1971. The move to form an association to oversee the development of the professional accounting industry in the Bahamas started back in 1965.
Upon completion of their professional examinations in London, England, Basil Sands, Maitland Cates and Clifford Culmer began discussions in 1965 to form an association of professional accountants in the Bahamas. Over the next several years after these three individuals returned home, many others including McGregor Robertson, Ronald Atkinson, Franklyn Wilson, Don Britchford, Leslie Cropper and Barry Nottage added to the discussion. These persons eventually became an organized committee. Using information obtained from other international Institutes and their own professional experiences, this Committee drafted by-laws and rules to govern the association. These by-laws would form the basis for establishing a framework that would grow into the current structure of The Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Over the next two decades the Institute continued its growth and the advancement of public accounting in the Bahamas. The next major milestone in the Institute's history came in 1991 with the enactment of legislation that empowered the Institute to properly regulate and govern the public accounting industry.
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