Gaborone — Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) has conferred First Lady Neo Masisi Fellow Chartered Management Accountant First Lady Neo Masisi.
CIMA president Mr Steven Swientozielskyj bestowed the honour on Ms Masisi in Gaborone recently during an event to celebrate the institute's centenary.
The First Lady, who was accompanied by President Mokgweetsi Masisi, as a student, she was spurred on by the knowledge that CIMA was a strong brand, employers' preference and an assured future.
She said her CIMA qualification made her a different product in the job market and potentially a relatively high income earner.
The First Lady said CIMA afforded her choices and opened doors from which to choose working at either national or international level.
She said CIMA delivered excellent United Kingdom qualifications which were known for high standards.
As students, she said, they were informed that they were competing with highly experienced as well as the brightest and the best from all over the world.
Ms Masisi said they learnt that other students came from countries where CIMA was well established with resources such as tutoring and experienced lecturers.
She expressed gratitude to Debswana, which accorded her a scholarship and a job thereafter.
"Debswana makes Botswana sparkle as it propels the country and its citizens along a successful development path," she said.
She explained that she knew she was under an unwritten promise to CIMA that she would perform as a professional accountant should.
She advised the young and upcoming to stay relevant and familiarise themselves with technology, to be up to date with global events since the world was interconnected.
The First Lady pledged to contribute to CIMA by attending events adding that she was proud to have been part of the institute's 100-year journey.
Meanwhile, Botswana CIMA's branch chairman Mr Geoffrey Jjuko said March 8 marked CIMA's centenary.
Mr Jjuko said there were 380 fully qualified CIMA members in Botswana.
"The tuition provider in her case was only Botswana Accountancy College (BAC) then, but now we have more supportive tuition providers, like Botho, Arthur Portland, Imperial Business School, and many more," he said.
Source : BOPA