For the second year the Asia Pacific Association of Fiduciary Studies will host conferences around the region for members and potential members of the association.

The daylong conferences are designed to offer additional information and instruction to fiduciaries through the year as well as offer educational opportunities to those individuals
who are unable to attend the annual conference in Manila.

Daniel A. Roland senior vice president of Wealth Management for Citi Smith Barney and senior institutional consultant for Citigroup’s Consulting Group and executive director of the association told the Journal that the association is mandated to provide fiduciary education to its members. "It is actually part of the original association charter." However he said in the early years of the association member numbers and demand was lower. "It hasn’t been until recently that there’s been a call by the membership."

The present conference schedule is: Feb. 24 FSM Country Conference Pohnpei College of Micronesia FSM March 3 Palau Education Conference Koror Palau Community College April 14 FSM Education Conference Pohnpei College of Micronesia FSM April 28 Palau Country Conference Koror Int’l Coral Reef Center April 30 FSM Country Conference Yap Yap Cap Conference Center Aug. 18 Marshall Islands Country Conference Int’l Convention Center Majuro
Aug. 24 NMI Country Conference Saipan Northern Marianas College Aug. 25 Guam Country Conference University of Guam

For the third year the association’s annual conference will be held in Manila. The 9th Annual Pacific Region Investment Conference will be held on Oct. 8 and 9 at the Renaissance Makati City Hotel. Annual conferences typically attract about 300 attendees and have a slate of sponsors and speakers from the U.S. mainland and regional centers. Sponsors have included ASC Trust Corp. Atalanta Sosnoff Citi Smith Barney Consulting Group Continental Micronesia Davis Hamilton Jackson & Associates LP Franklin Templeton Institutional Income Research & Management and Metropolitan West Capital Management LLC. Additional sponsors have included Glimpses Publications and SM Shoemart. Attendees are able to earn educational credits.

Roland said that the investment conference in Manila as in the past would offer specific tools for boards and trusts to explain the uncertainties in the investment market. "We anticipate doing that again this year " he said. MBJ