PwC partners meet

The partners of PricewaterhouseCoopers
Caribbean Region have a special responsibility to apply the collective skills
of their regional network to help clients and their communities come through
current economic challenges.

This was one of the key messages
delivered by PwC Caribbean chairman Nick Freeland to some 80 partners who
gathered in Barbados recently for a two-day Caribbean Region partners’
meeting. 

“We see evidence every day of the
benefits for our clients when we bring the right skills together to solve
complex problems, but we can always get better at this,” Mr. Freeland
said. 

“Many of our governments are
focused on public sector reform, and we can make a tremendous contribution to
the regional development effort by providing services designed to streamline
processes and introduce greater efficiencies in many areas.  We are already doing much of this work in
some Caribbean territories, but we must leverage this experience for the
benefit of other regional governments.”

Mr. Freeland, who is also senior
partner of PwC Cayman Islands, stressed the value that the PwC regional network
structure creates, not only for the firms’ clients but also for the firms
themselves.

“We can share the same
opportunities for training and education, set and enforce consistent standards
for quality and risk management, and concentrate on how best to deliver services
and bring value to our clients,” he said. “We are fortunate to have an unmatched
depth of resources on the ground in each Caribbean territory, and our structure
has allowed us to create teams of individuals who are all on the same page in
terms of service. 

“With a regional Board of Senior
Partners providing oversight and direction to the efforts of our regional line
of service and industry leaders, we can move quickly to make things happen for
our shared clients, wherever they may be. 

“Regional companies, as well as
international companies entering the region, are increasingly aware of the
capability of PwC Caribbean Region to match their geographical spread and
provide a consistent level of service regardless of location,” he said.  “They also appreciate our ability to
understand their industries and businesses.”

Mr. Freeland observed that the
regional network has given PwC in the Caribbean far greater horsepower for
servicing clients and creating value for them than its competition.   

“We can draw on the expertise and
experience of 80 partners and almost 1500 directors, managers and other
professional and support staff,” he said. 

“I would venture to say that this
capability is unmatched by any other professional services firm in the
region.  This is a major
responsibility.  We need to ensure that
we embrace every opportunity to apply these resources to the maximum benefit of
our clients and our region.”

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