Uganda to host 4th Africa Congress of Accountants

H.E. President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is to officially open the 4th African Congress of Accountants on May 2 at Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala. This is the first time Uganda is hosting the continental event that has so far confirmed participation by 933 professional accountants. The conference runs from 2nd–5th of May, 2017 under the theme: Accountancy and Accountability: Transforming Africa’s Economies.

The accountants’ congress, which is held every two years, is the flagship event for Africa’s accounting professionals. This year’s congress is jointly organized by the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda (ICPAU) and the Pan African Federation of Accountants (PAFA).

Business leaders will join the accountants to discuss issues and strategies that can transform the Africa’s economies. The keynote speaker is Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, the former Chairperson of the African Union Commission. Other speakers include Uganda’s finance minister, Hon. Matia Kasaija; the president of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), Rachel Grimes; Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda (ICPAU) president, Dr. Protazio Begumisa; and the Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya School of Law, Prof. P.L.O  Lumumba, among others.

Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) is working with ICPAU to give the participants an experience beyond the congress. Apart from the six partner hotels, participants will be staying at many other facilities in Kampala. There are so far 445 confirmed participants from outside of Uganda while 488 Ugandans with some coming from out of Kampala.

“This partnership between a professional body like ICPAU is one of the strategies to promote tourism arrivals through the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events (MICE),” says Mr. Stephen Asiimwe, the UTB Chief Executive Officer.

“We are working with the private sector through their associations like the Uganda Tourism Association, and the Association of Uganda Tour Operators, among others. All these are working together to offer packages for the congress participants,” Asiimwe has said.

“In terms of tourism, which is the core of our Partner (UTB) and a priority area of development for the Government of Uganda, ICPAU believes that a partnership with UTB to host the ACOA 2017 is an opportunity to showcase the country’s tourism potential. As a public interest organization, it is our responsibility as ICPAU, to facilitate efforts of promoting the Pearl of Africa,” says Protazio Begumisa, President ICPAU.