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Over 300 graduate in accounting courses

Protazio (R) standing as the National and East Africa’s anthems were sang to officially open the graduation ceremony. Photo by Julius Businge

Kampala, Uganda | JULIUS BUSINGE | A total of 308 Certified Public Accountants of Uganda (CPA-U), 33 Accounting Technicians (AT-U) and an additional of 13 students completed the Certified Tax Advisor (CTA) course during the June and November 2017 examinations sittings organized by the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda (ICPA-U).

They graduated today (March 9) at a ceremony held at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala.

Speaking at the ceremony, the ICPAU President, Protazio Begumisa (CPA) said, as part of the efforts to improve the standards of accountancy training, ICPAU was able to produce study materials for 17 subjects of CPA (U) course.

“We are pleased to report that the feedback regarding these materials is very encouraging and efforts are being made to have the last paper, integration of knowledge – paper 18 produced,” Begumisa said.

He said that ICPAU maintains its core objective of producing competent professional accountants and accounting technicians.

He told Graduands to demonstrate professional knowledge, skills, values, ethics, and attitudes in the field as articulated by the accountancy profession.

He also told them to be of good character.

“…employers would rather develop the potential of someone with integrity and good character and let go of a competent product that is fraudulent,” he said.

He added that completion of these courses is the beginning of a lifelong learning process of professionalism.

To the employers, he urged them to make use of new graduates and offer them employment. He described the products as fresh and eager to contribute to “our economic development”. He also used the occasion to urge employers to sponsor their employees that are doing accounting related work.

The Chairman of the Public Accountants Examinations Board (PAEB), Uthman Mayanja (CPA), said the ICPAU’s examinations system provides the most reliable route of building a sustainable institute and profession tailored to meeting the human resource needs of the country and the global market.

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