Sep 14, 2009, 6:28 AM
The Gambia Association of Accountants (GAA) and Accountant Technicians Scheme of West African (ATSWA) are holding a two-day seminar at the NaNA Conference Hall in Bakau.
The seminar brought together accountants from various institutions and organizations in the country as well as their partners from Ghana, Nigeria and Liberia.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the president of the GAA, Amadou Sanneh, said the seminar was organised to create awareness for accounting technicians, adding that Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Cameroon are all benefiting from the programme.
Mr Sanneh commended participants for answering to their invitation and also thanked members of ATSWA for attending the seminar.
The Executive Secretary of Accountant Bodies in West Africa (ABWA), Margret Unu Bun, congratulated The Gambia Association of Accountants for hosting and overseeing a successful seminar.
She noted that concerted efforts and concept by accountant technicians and professionals started 30 years ago in the UK and came to West Africa ten years later and has many benefits for English, French and Portuguese speaking countries.
The chairman of ASTWA, Solomon Adeleice, said such opportunities would boost regional cooperation and integration.
Mr Adeleice revealed that it will provide reorganized qualification for the accounting staff for employment in the public sector, the private sector, the commerce industry and in the various offices of accounting.
Mr Adeleice further revealed that economies will benefit from the increased productivity of the well-trained and disciplined workforce.
He also spoke on ATSWA students’ registration requirement, saying it requires five credit passes including English Language and Mathematics at West African Schools.