15 June 2012

Africa: ACCA Comes to Africa to Discuss Opportunities

THE Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)'s 36 strong Council will next week come to Africa to discuss opportunities and challenges for the accountancy profession.

Economic growth and the business opportunities and challenges faced in Africa and globally will be the central theme of ACCA's Council meeting, to be held in Nairobi from 21 to 23 June 2012.

ACCA's 36 member strong Council is basing its biennial meeting in Nairobi, before ACCA's President, Vice President and Deputy President make additional visits with ACCA senior staff, including its chief executive Helen Brand, to Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda.

"The aim of this meeting is to see how ACCA members are contributing to the national economy and their national profession, to connect with partners, the profession and policy makers, and to show how ACCA's work is bringing value to employment markets. This is an important part of Council's ongoing work, and senior members along with ACCA staff will be visiting Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania," says Jamil Ampomah, ACCA director of sub-Saharan Africa.

Ampomah says ACCA's Council had a wide ranging remit, geared to providing strategic direction for ACCA. Council members examine issues of broad and long-term importance to ACCA, and establish ACCA's position on global industry developments as they arise. So this is why it is important Council members from all over the world come to Africa and understand the issues their Council colleagues face here in this continent.

Dean Westcott, ACCA's President and a member of Council, says: "ACCA's Council wants to have a better understanding of the rapid and exciting economic and business developments happening in this continent and to see at first-hand how professional accountants working here create public value, how they support sustainable economic growth and, importantly, what ACCA can do to support them. I know that I and my fellow members will gain a lot from this meeting."

ACCA supports 154,000 members and 432,000 students in 170 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers.

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