Welcome and Closing Remarks Before the CCOutreach National . principles of CCOutreach is that it will try to meet the needs of CCOs. CLOSING REMARKS FOR THE INTERNATIONAL. CONFERENCE ON meet their own national needs including, for example activities in: workforce planning. First Meeting of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals. General Assembly Hall Marc CLOSING REMARKS. Excellencies.
Steenkamp of the University of Pretoria along with Natasha Harris of the University of the North who helped us significantly to make this a reality. On behalf of the sponsors, the International Nature Farming Research Center, it is with humility that I thank all of these people.
Their inputs were invaluable to make this event a reality. I do also wish to express our gratitude to the Director of the Ubuntu Center, Mr. Huibert Franke and his staff for agreeing to host a day of this conference. The sponsors express their thanks to them. A conference becomes a success only if participants arrive. We solicit feedback and input from CCOs in a variety of ways — most importantly for your purposes, we will ask you to complete a comment card at the end of today's program.
We really value this input, and we use it to help us to tailor CCOutreach events and to ensure that we're covering the topic areas that you are most interested in. One thing we've heard from CCOs is that you would value more niche-type programs — programs that are tailored to the nature of specific types of advisory firms. So, with this input clearly in mind, I'm pleased to announce today that we are planning to hold "Focused Seminars" on particular topics as part of the CCOutreach program.
These seminars will be held at a regional office of the SEC, and broadcast to the meeting rooms of other SEC regional offices across the country, so that CCOs in the local community can attend.
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Many CCOs told us that they would value a program dedicated to compliance practices of smaller advisory firms. This isn't surprising, given that more than half of all SEC-registrants have five or fewer employees. In light of this, the first of these "Focused Seminars" will be dedicated to the particular issues faced by CCOs of smaller advisory firms. Watch our website for details on this Seminar. And, we welcome your suggestions for additional "Focused Seminars. These CCOs told us that they would value some plainer-speaking language when it comes to their obligations under the Advisers Act.
As you may know, almost 3, firms became registered with the SEC as investment advisers in just the last two years. To help these newly-registered advisers become knowledgeable of their new compliance obligations, we prepared a "plain English" summary of the key provisions of the Advisers Act, along with a list of the resources available from the SEC for new firms.
We posted this information on our website, and we also e-mailed it to all newly-registered firms. While it was meant for new firms, I think it's a pretty good resource for all advisers. That program, which will be jointly sponsored with FINRA, will also feature a National Seminar in March of next year and will largely follow the format of this program. We are excited to open up a similar dialogue with broker-dealer CCOs, and we have you to thank for providing a successful model for us to follow.
Of course, the pinnacle of our CCOutreach program is the National Seminar, and we hope that today's National Seminar provides you with information that you can use in your compliance efforts.
The topics for today's seminar were largely derived from the issues that CCOs told us they were most interested in hearing about — so these are the topics on today's agenda. One thing we've heard very clearly from CCOs is that you want more information about "forensic" testing. We hope to help answer that need with the handout that we've provided in your materials today — and it will be available on our website as well under www.
I hope that the indicators of success that you have agreed upon will bring back to you the necessary feedback to enable you to review the progress of the process of networking. For now let it suffice to say that for true formation of network on pest management the task has been well tackled by all of you.
I hope that we can still rely on you for continued support as we put the different mechanisms of networking into gear. I would also like to sincerely thank the organisers of the event, and in particular KEFRI and IIBC for ensuring that little details and requirements on the ground were taken care of. Ladies and gentlemen, it is no secret that the success of this Workshop is your active participation.
We are very grateful to you for taking time off from your busy schedules to attend the Workshop. So thank you for coming.