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Chartered Accountants invited to join SIA-22-Jul-2009

MBABANE – All Chartered Accountants (CAs) who have been awarded the designation by recognised accountancy bodies outside the country are invited to be members of the Swaziland Institute of Accountants (SIA).

Executive Director of SIA Barnabas Mhlongo said the institute had the statutory responsibility of promoting and strengthening the profession in the country, in terms of the Accountants Act of 1985 as amended.

“This responsibility includes taking a leading role in the training and development of aspiring Swazi accountants and also encouraging as many qualified accountants as possible to join the institute and to participate in its activities.

We would, therefore, like to extend an invitation to everyone who has been awarded the Chartered Accountant designation by a recognised accountancy body and who is a member in good standing of such a body; they should apply for membership with the institute,” he said, further appealing to them to participate in the activities of the institute.

Mission He said the SIA was the only body which, by law, could award the Chartered Accountant designation in Swaziland and that part of their mission was to grow the number of CAs in the country. “This is because we strongly believe that accountants in both the private and public sectors have a vital role to play in Swaziland’s economic development,” he said.

Mhlongo further outlined the benefits of joining the SIA as: membership to an internationally recognised institute that is a long-standing member of highly respected bodies such as the Eastern, Central and Southern Africa Federation of Accountants (ECSAFA) and the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC); the opportunity to take part in SIA’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities; the opportunity to play a role in shaping the ongoing advancement of the accountancy profession in the country.

“Another opportunity is that they take part in SIA events as well as to meet and interact with senior representatives of regional and global accountancy bodies, including the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants,” Mhlongo added.

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