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Importing accounting: the case of Trinidad and Tobago

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Abstract:

In the period immediately following its achieving independence, Trinidad and Tobago switched from a pattern of importing British professional accountants to one of importing British professional qualifications. It was also in this period that the first professional accounting association appeared: that is, eighty years after such bodies emerged in Britain and her settler colonies. This paper seeks to explain why the achievement of political independence in Trinidad and Tobago (and perhaps in some other British non-settler colonies) signified a critical turning point in the development of a local accounting profession. The paper also explores how the history of importing accounting impacted on the contemporary organization of the profession in Trinidad and Tobago.

Keywords: ACCOUNTING; COLONIALISM; DEVELOPING COUNTRIES; PROFESSIONALIZATION; TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/095852099330386

Publication date: March 1, 1999

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