The Uganda Tourism Board is partnering with the Institute of Certified Public Accountants (ICPAU) to host the 4th Africa Congress of Accountants (ACOA) from 2-5 May 2017 at Speke Resort Munyonyo.
ACOA is an international event held every after two years, that brings together professional accountants and business leaders from the African continent and beyond. The theme for this year’s Congress is “Accountancy & Accountability: Transforming Africa’s Economies”.
“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.
He adds that ACOA provides an opportunity of boosting networking, international trade, trade in services, partnerships and so many other components of development to all partnering organisations.
“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,” Protazio Begumisa, President ICPAU.
Participants will include thought leaders among them CEOs, accounting and financial professionals, tax experts, investment experts, and representatives of Professional Accountancy Organisations.
Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, the Immediate Past Chairperson of the African Union Commission will deliver a keynote address at the congress. Some of the other speakers expected are Ms. Rachel Grimes, President, International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), Ms. Asmaa Resmouki, President, Pan African Federation of Accountants (PAFA), and Prof. P.L.O Lumumba, Director and Chief Executive Officer, Kenya School of Law.
Under the partnership, UTB is the link between the conference and the tourism sector, providing both information about the places to visit, working with private sector to promote visits in Kampala and the rest of the country.
The Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda (ICPAU) is a national professional accountancy organization, established in 1992 by an Act of Parliament, to regulate and maintain the standard of accountancy in Uganda.
The congress is supported by other partners who include the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Bank of Uganda, RwandAir, South African Airways, Stanbic Bank among others.