Institute Applauds Standards

| June 11, 2015

Botswana Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA) immediate past president, Ms Tshegofatso Modise has commended government for adopting the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS).

Speaking at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) Employee awards dinner in Francistown orecently, Ms Modise who is also head of Audit Services at Debswana said government’s migration from cash to accrual basis of accounting through IPSAS if successful will enhance accountability and transparency.

“As a chartered accountant practicing as an internal auditor who is a g aocate for issues of good governance, I truly believe that our government took the right decision,” she said.

Ms Modise said last month speakers at the African Congress of Accountants in Mauritius speakers highlighted the need for African countries to adopt IPSAS because by so doing, public sector managers would have complete reliable information they need to manage resources and give citizens and stakeholders the information necessary to hold governments to account.

She said Botswana is moving in the right direction though there are capacity constraints, it should be noted that the problem is common in Africa because the IPSAS concept is new, adding with patience and dedication, we will overcome this problem one day.

On other issues, Ms Modise urged all accountants to ensure they comply with the Accountants Act of 2010 which states that all professional accountants should be registered with BICA as contravening the provision of the Act carries a fine not exceeding P500 000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years or both.

Concerning the awards, she said they are in line with the Public Service Act of 2008 and officers who were awarded have shown that they relate and abide by the basic principles of the Act which is about diligence, which is serving the public selflessly without any interest for persona benefit and going an extra mile to assist with passion.

She said quality service delivery is a priority to government especially after the 2013 satisfaction survey that identified 10 negative areas dubbed ‘Ten Point Agenda.’

Ms Modise called upon public servants to make it their goal to turn around the ‘Ten Points’ which were identified and make them their strengths. “It is time to change the negative perception the general public has about your service delivery.

As employees you ought to refrain from puling each other down both internally and publicly, you must see the benefit of dialogue rather than complaining and disputing, go through proper channels to voice your concerns and you must utilise your supervisors to get aice and knowledge from them and supervisors should also utilise officers as well,” she said.

In his welcome remarks the president of the Customary Court of Appeal, Kgosi Christopher Masunga commended government departments who reward good performers as this is an encouragement to others.

He commended MFDP for choosing to conduct the awards in Francistown as bringing its employees will boast businesses in the city.

The theme of the awards was, Working towards Quality Public Service Delivery Today and Beyond and employees were awarded in the categories of Silver Jubilee, Long Service and Good Conduct, Best Performing Committees and Individual Best Performers.

The assistant accountant general, Ms Kesetse Zwinila encouraged best performers to continue with the good work and implored those who did not receive awards not to despair but work hard.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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