Themed “Eastern Africa – the next growth frontier”, the convention, which acted as a major professional networking and learning event for ACCA members and the business leaders in this wide geographical region, started off with addresses from different speakers including ACCA Council Member Mr. Japheth Katto, ACCA Director for Sub-Sahara Africa Jamil Ampomah, ACCA Global president Mr. Anthony Harbinson as well as the Guest of Honor and Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development in Uganda, Hon. Maria Kiwanuka.
“In Uganda we have 1,345 ACCA member who are employed in both the private and public sector. These accountants are the medical doctors in the financial sector of the world,” said Hon. Kiwanuka.
“I would like to further appreciate ACCA for acknowledging the East African Community as the next growth frontier and bringing together great minds to discuss the role that the accountancy profession is playing in realizing economic opportunities and the growth of capital markets in the region. Let me confidently state that the accountancy profession is very valuable not only to the Ugandan economy but also to the economies of our East African counterparts,” she added.
During the different sessions, many different regional sectorial growth drivers such as entrepreneurship, the growth of capital markets, regional integration issues, technology as an enhancer of business, ethical business, the future of the Accountancy profession and Oil and Gas were discussed.
The two-day convention ended with a poolside farewell dinner where new ACCA members were recognized and awarded.