2nd African Congress of Accountants comes to Accra, Ghana in May 2013

April 28, 2013

Africa, Business, International

2nd African Congress of Accountants comes to Accra, Ghana in May 2013

African Congress of Accountants

The Institute of Chartered Accountants Ghana (ICAG) announce it will be hosting the second Africa Congress of Accountants (ACOA) at the Accra International Conference Centre under the auspices of the Pan Africa Federation of Accountants (PAFA). The convention will take place from May 14-16th, 2013.

The theme for the Congress is, “Africa’s economic growth, accountability and democracy.”

Source: ICAG

Plenary Session Topics

Emerging Economies and Stability in Africa
Challenges and Opportunities

Promoting and Sustaining
Public Accountability

Governance and Development in Africa

Video: Accra, Ghana-Host city for the 2nd African Congress of Accountants

Video: Accra is identified as one of Africa’s highest growth potential cities


African Congress of Accountants

Congress Organizers


The launch of the Pan-African Federation of Accountants (PAFA) was a historical event for the accountancy profession and the African continent, according to the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC).

PAFA is composed of 39 professional accountancy organizations from 34 countries, which have joined together to give voice to Africa’s economies and strategy on the global stage.

PAFA was launched in Dakar, Senegal, on May 5th 2011 with strong support from IFAC and the World Bank. The PAFA Secretariat is current hosted by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) in Johannesbury.


The Institute of Chartered Accountants (Ghana) ICAG, was established by an Act of Parliament, Chartered Accountants Act 1963, Act 170 as the sole regulator of the accountancy profession in Ghana. The Institute has made strides in ensuring the maintenance of accountancy standards in public interest entities as well as the private sector. It has since last year, established an Audit Quality Monitoring Unit to monitor the activities of auditors and accredited audit firms in the country.

The Institute actively participates in providing education training facilities to Accounting Technicians through the Accounting Technician Scheme of West Africa currently been implemented by Accountancy Bodies of West Africa (ABWA). It also runs its own Chartered Accountant professional program, Chartered Diploma programs in Oil and Gas and Forensic auditing for qualified professional accountants and Continuous Professional Development programs (CPDs).

ICAG has grown in leaps and bounds from a membership of one in the mid-sixties to about 2500 members to date. Its students population is peaking nearly 3000. ICAG is headquartered in Accra, along the Trinity-IPS Road in East Legon. It has a subsidiary office in Kumasi with another set to open in Wa, Upper West Region.

ICAG is affiliated to 3 main international organizations, namely:

  • ABWA – Accountancy Bodies of West Africa made up of 15 African nations currently;
  • PAFA  –  PanAfrican Federation of Accountants made up of 38 nations across the Continent; and
  • IFAC  –   International Federation of Accountants, the regulator of all accountancy bodies worldwide.

Visit ACOA’s 2013 conference website to learn more



Pan African Federation of Accountants

Pan African Federation of Accountants (PAFA) Objectives

PAFA is a non-profit organization whose objectives are to:

  • Provide a forum for co-operation and assistance among African professional accountancy organizations for the further advancement of the status of the accountancy profession;
  • Provide encouragement for and assistance with the formation and development of national professional accountancy organizations in Africa;
  • Engage in the development and enhancement of the accountancy profession in the African continent through participation in the development and the dissemination of the standards, guidelines and other pronouncements of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and the independent standard-setting boards under the auspices of the International Federation of Accountants (hereinafter referred to as “IFAC”) and the establishment and implementation of appropriate strategies and work programs;
  • Promote the development of common technical, ethical and educational guidelines for the accountancy profession in Africa;
  • Engage national governments, regional trading and economic blocs and development organizations in the development of the accountancy profession in the African continent;
  • Facilitate the development of a continental approach to accounting education and training by way of shared curricula and expertise;
  • Share and exchange information and best practices on technical matters, regulatory frameworks and corporate governance principles;
  • Identify and highlight challenges affecting the accounting profession in the African continent and formulate proposals towards the solution of these challenges;
  • Provide African accountants with a platform for the exchange of relevant significant information on the accountancy profession;
  • Work in co-operation with other organizations whose development efforts may be complementary to that of PAFA;
  • Communicate with and participate in the work of IFAC and IASB boards and committees in agreed areas and liaise with other international and regional organizations; and
  • Influence and represent the African accountants in international accounting and other organizations.


Institute of Chartered Accountants Ghana (ICAG)


Since the mid-1960s, the Institute of Chartered Accountants (Ghana) has been providing accountancy training at both technician and professional levels. However, in those early days, pass rates at various levels were impeded by the non-availability of reading materials for students. This trend experienced a turn around, in the 1980s and has seen a major boost since accounting manuals for the four (levels) were introduced in November 2008.

Source: http://www.icagh.com


Nigeria: ICAN to Lead 500 Professionals to Ghana Summit

By Chika Izuora
Leadership (Abuja)

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) has announced its preparedness to attend the 2nd African Congress of Accountants (ACOA) in Ghana in May. President of the Institute Mr Doyin Owolabi, is expected to lead a delegation of not less than five hundred chartered accountants to the congress being organized Pan-African Federation of Accountants (PAFA) and hosted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana (ICAG) in collaboration with (ICAN) holding Accra International Conference Centre, Accra, Ghana.

The Congress whose theme is Africa’s Economic Growth, Accountability and Democracy, will explore issues related to key areas that directly and indirectly affect the Accountants’ role in Economic Growth, Accountability and Democracy through seminars, workshop and exhibitions.

Apart from the theme of the congress, advanced topics and issues affecting today’s dynamic business landscape such as The Implications of Implementing IFRS, Strengthening Financial Markets and Institutions in Africa, Shaping the Accounting Profession on the continent, Promoting the Growth of SMPs, Building Capacity of SMPs etc, will be discussed.

Participants expected at the congress include accountants, finance and business leaders, corporate and financial planners, investors, entrepreneurs, policy and standard setters as well as key government functionaries. The congress will also feature other attractions like tours to some notable places in the region and business exhibitions.

ICAN, established by the Act of Parliament Number 15 of 1965, is a founding member Institute of PAFA and a Past President of the Institute, Major-General Sebastian Owuama (rtd.), became the first President of PAFA. Apart from this, ICAN has a permanent seat on the Board of PAFA and recently mentored the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) to become a PAFA member.

The Institute is empowered to set standards of knowledge and skill to be attained by persons wishing to become members of the accountancy profession. The Institute, which is a foundation member of International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), has over 30,000 members and over 120,000 students on its registers and conducts examinations twice in a year.

Its vision is to be a leading global professional body while its mission is to produce world-class chartered accountants, regulate and continuously enhance their ethical standards and technical competence in the public interest.
Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria
Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria

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National Association of Black Accountants

National Association of Black Accountants Conference 2013 Nashville

NABA, INC.’s 2013 National Convention & Expo June 5-8, 2013

Over the past several years, NABA, INC. has worked diligently to transform our convention to make sure it continues to meet the needs of both its corporate partners and attendees. NABA, INC.’s Annual National Convention & EXPO is a one-stop shop for industry leaders to network with their peers, recruit talented professionals, conduct business, and showcase an array of products and services. Partnership with NABA means more than a logo at a large meeting—it’s a rewarding relationship, of which we strive to be an excellent steward to ensure a high return on your investment.

The Annual National Convention & EXPO affords companies the opportunity to interact with more than 2,000 NABA members from corporate executives, managers, student scholars, and entrepreneurs.

Source: http://convention.nabainc.org


Tuesday, June 4

Chapter Leadership Training 8:00 am -10:00 am
CAB Meeting* (Invitation Only) 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
CPA Examination Review 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
NABA Board Training**** (Invitation Only) 10:00 am- 12:00 pm
Registration 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Chapter Leaders Lunch 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Board of Directors Meeting 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
NABA Board Training**** (Invitation Only) 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Leadership Institute Reception* 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Wednesday, June 5

Registration 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Leadership Institute Breakfast* 7:30 am – 8:30 am
CPA Examination Review 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Leadership Institute (Executive Track) 8:45 am – 4:30 pm
Leadership Institute (Management Track) 8:45 am – 4:30 pm
Leadership Institute (Project Management) 8:45 am – 4:30 pm
Non-Profit Board Readiness Training  (Open) 9:00 am – 11:00 am
CPE Technical Sessions 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Leadership Institute Lunch* 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Student Orientation*** (MANDATORY – ALL Students) 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
The Deloitte Road Show–It’s a Story, Make it Matter (Students) 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Student Case Study Competition* 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Consumer Experience 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Public Forum 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Taste of NABA 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
A Time to Play 10:00 pm – 1:00 am

Thursday, June 6

Registration 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
National Scholars Breakfast** 7:30 am – 9:15 am
Business-to-Business Breakfast Forum* 8:00 am – 11:30 am
Student Case Study Competition 8:00 am – 11:30 am
Career EXPO Exhibitors Set-Up 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
CPA Examination Review 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Excel for Managers  & Accountants (1/2 day Workshop) 8:00 am – 11:30 am
Leadership Institute (Project Management) 8:45 am – 4:30 pm
Leadership Institute (Executive Track) 8:45-am- 4:30 pm
Student Seminar Sessions 9:30 am – 11:30 am
CPE Technical Sessions 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Exhibitor and Sponsor Check-In 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
National Scholarship Luncheon 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
CPE Technical Sessions 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Student Seminar Sessions 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Excel for Managers & Accountants (1/2 day Workshop) 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Student Case Study Competition 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Career EXPO Exhibitor’s Orientation Meeting 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Network Break 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm
Corporate Appreciation Program 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm
Corporate Hospitality Suites 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Friday, June 7

Registration 7:00 am – 2:00 pm
Exhibitor and Sponsor Check-In 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Annual Membership Breakfast 7:00 am – 8:30 am
CPA Examination Overview Session 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
DOF Annual Meeting* 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Career EXPO Opening 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Women of NABA Network Day* 9:00 am- 5:00pm
Women of NABA Luncheon 12:00 pm -2:00 pm
Awards Celebration VIP Reception* 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Awards Celebration General Reception 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Annual Awards Celebration 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Dinner After Party 8:30 pm – 12:00 am
CPE Technical Sessions 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday, June 8

Golf Tournament 7:00 am – 2:00 pm
NABA Day of Service Breakfast 8:00 am – 8:30 am
NABA Day of Service 8:30 am- 2:00 pm
Financial Education Workshop 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
CPE Technical Sessions 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Rhythm & Rhymes 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
2014 Destination Event (Washington DC) 10:00 pm – 2:00 am


NABA History

In December 1969, nine African-Americans met in New York City to discuss the unique challenges and limited opportunities they faced in the accounting profession. In that year, there were only 136 African-American Certified Public Accountants (CPA’s) out of a total of 100,000 in the United States.

This group wanted to establish an organization to address the concerns of minorities entering the accounting profession and to make a commitment to professional and academic excellence. The following nine individuals who met that month were determined to “make a difference” and let their voices be heard.


The mission of NABA, Inc. is to address the professional needs of its members and to build leaders that shape the future of the accounting and finance profession with an unfaltering commitment to inspire the same in their successors.

The Association shall unite through membership accountants, finance and business related professionals and students who have similar interests and ideals, are committed to professional and academic excellence, possess a sense of professional and civic responsibility, and are concerned with enhancing opportunities for minorities in the accounting, finance and business related professions. The goals of the Association include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • To promote and develop the professional skills of our members
  • To encourage and assist minority students entering the accounting profession
  • To provide opportunities for members to fulfill their civic responsibilities
  • To promote public confidence in our members and the services they provide
  • To encourage cordial relations among members and cooperative relationships with other professionals
  • To represent the interests of current and prospective minority accounting professionals
  • To ensure long-term financial stability and provide adequate resources to implement chapter, regional, and national programs.

Video: History of the National Association of Black Accountants
From the 35th Anniversay Event -2009


Learn more about National Association of Black Accountants (NABA)


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