Government is willing to engage the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana (ICAG) to promote the public interest and place transparency and accountability higher on the national development agenda.


Mrs Abena Osei-Asare, Deputy Minister for Finance, who made this known at the opening of the first induction course in Accra, last week, for newly-qualified professional accountants for the year 2018, underscored the importance of professional accountants in Ghana’s march towards socio-economic development and in pursuit of the ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ agenda.


She said Ghana required not only physical infrastructure to facilitate economic growth and move the country beyond aid, but also the talents of professional accountants to help manage resources efficiently and provide financial leadership.


Making Ghana a nation that is able to finance its development agenda with its own resources rather than with foreign aid, she said, required deliberate efforts at improving financial management practices and being more accountable and transparent in the use of public funds.


Mrs Osei-Asare, therefore, urged all professional accountants, including the newly-qualified accountants to support efforts to make Ghana independent of foreign aid for its national development efforts.


That support, she said, meant committing to the ideals and high ethical standards of the accountancy profession, namely good corporate governance, effective internal control, proper risk assessment, professionalism and business ethics.


In his remarks, Mr Christian Sottie, President, ICAG, urged the newly-qualified accountants to work hard to uplift the image of ICAG.


Mr Sottie also stressed the need for the newly-qualified accountants to seek further professional development to improve their skills in order to be effective, efficient and relevant at all times.


Source: ISD (G.D. Zaney)