BAC Holds Historic Graduation

| June 15, 2015

Botswana Accountancy College (BAC) held a joint graduation for its first cohort of the public sector procurement certificate and the aanced taxation certificate programmes at Boipuso Hall recently.

A record 61 graduates of the public sector procurement programme relished the honours alongside 40 aanced taxation certificate graduates.

Giving a keynote address at the event, the permanent secretary to the president Mr Carter Morupisi said the BAC is tasked with addressing the skills gap in procurement, tender process management and taxation.

He said the expectation was that the graduates will ensure transparency in issues of taxation.

“I have a great admiration for the emphasis which the college places on lifelong learning and development, positive engagement in stakeholders developing leadership skills and qualities that will positively impact stakeholders, the country and the world at large,” he said.

He said the purpose of the programme is to raise the level of good governance and efficient resource allocation within the country.

Mr Morupisi said he is confident that the partnership between the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB), the Botswana Accountancy College (BAC) and the Botswana Unified Revenue Services (BURS) will effectively support procurement and expenditure capacity building in the public sector and align the tax objectives of the private and public sectors.

He said that he is adamant that the graduates of the aanced course will have a better understanding of concerns in the provision of benefits that will go a long way in developing and transferring skills to procurement and tax professionals in the country.

Mr Morupisi urged the students to broaden their horizons in the fascinating world of tax practice. He said graduates have been educated on the strategic importance of public procurement as well as the background to the enactment of the PPADB Act of 2001.

“I am aware that the courses have enlightened the learners on the legal and regulatory framework, which governs public procurement in the country. The expectation is that the graduates will perform their duties and ensure that there is transparency in issues of taxation,” he expressed.

He called on the graduates to provide quality input in the strategic decision making process of the private and public sectors, and providing valuable taxation aice.

For her part, PPADB executive chairperson Ms Bridget John said her organisation is mandated by law to ensure an efficient, transparent and accountable public procurement and asset disposal system.

“This requires, amongst others, support for capacity building in public procurement and asset disposal for those entrusted with the procurement function to ably deliver while adhering to basic principles of public procurement,” she said.

She said she believes that the graduates have attained the requisite knowledge and necessary skills to drive efficiency and promote the integrity of public procurement within the confines of the PPADB Act and regulations, as they provide necessary checks and balances to limit discretion that can open the system to abuse and corruption.

She also appealed to those entrusted with procurement to keep their hands and minds clean.

“Procurement personnel must resist temptation to solicit or accept bribes from contractors and avoid unethical conduct such as leakage of confidential information,” she said.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of BURS Mr Ken Morris said they should consider themselves as the fortunate as there was a very huge backlog of capacity building at the tax authority. He urged them to cascade what they have learnt to their colleagues.

“This is an attempt to match skills with what is available in the market, as the public has the knowledge and muscle to engage lawyers on issues of tax evasion,” he said.

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Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Business & Finance

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