The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has today (20 August) launched a new training partnership with Botho University, a major training faculty in Botswana.
The partnership, founded at a special event at Botho University’s campus in Gaborone, continues the growth of CIPFA’s international public financial management training provision.
The CIPFA partnership with Botho University will allow accountancy students in Botswana to study for CIPFA’s professional qualification in International Public Financial Management, the only accountancy qualification based upon International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS). This qualification gives students from across the world the opportunity to achieve Chartered Public Finance Accountant status.
CIPFA has a long and proud history of championing good public financial management and bringing public finance professionals together across the world. Set and supported by the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), IPSAS are designed to improve government transparency and accountability and allow for greater comparability between countries and public sector bodies.
Speaking at the launch, Chair of CIPFA Development Alan Edwards, said:
“CIPFA is delighted to be in Botswana, a vibrant and exciting country. As Botswana embarks upon adopting International Public Sector Accounting Standards, CIPFA and Botho University will jointly help students to get ready to deal with this challenge.
“This new partnership will equip students of Botho University with the right skills and expertise to ensure good public financial management in Botswana.
“CIPFA is continuing to grow internationally and this is another example of how the Institute is working to strengthen the accountancy profession around the world.”
Botho University’s Vice-Chancellor Sheela Raja Ram said:
“We're extremely happy to partner with CIPFA in running this new curriculum – International Public Financial Management. We are the only institution in Botswana to have the accredited tuition provider status from CIPFA.
“Botswana has started adopting International Public Sector Accounting Standards. By virtue of this partnership, Botho University, with its rich experience in imparting accounting knowledge, will be in a very good position to up-skill the accountants working in the local and the central governments of this country to match the rigors and requirements of this transition.”
The keynote speaker at the event was the Deputy Accountant General Othusitse Lebuletswe.
CIPFA, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, is the professional body for people in public finance. Our 14,000 members work throughout the public services, in national audit agencies, in major accountancy firms, and in other bodies where public money needs to be effectively and efficiently managed. As the world’s only professional accountancy body to specialise in public services, CIPFA’s portfolio of qualifications are the foundation for a career in public finance. They include the benchmark professional qualification for public sector accountants as well as a postgraduate diploma for people already working in leadership positions. They are taught by our in-house CIPFA Education and Training Centre as well as other places of learning around the world. We also champion high performance in public services, translating our experience and insight into clear advice and practical services. They include information and guidance, courses and conferences, property and asset management solutions, consultancy and interim people for a range of public sector clients. Globally, CIPFA shows the way in public finance by standing up for sound public financial management and good governance. We work with donors, partner governments, accountancy bodies and the public sector around the world to advance public finance and support better public services. This includes the development of local professional qualifications in African countries like Lesotho and Nigeria and in Europe, as well as post conflict states and the Balkans.
Botho University was established in 1997 and has rapidly evolved over the years to become a leading multidisciplinary high quality tertiary education provider. Botho University was one of the first local tertiary institutions in Botswana to be accredited by the Human Resources Development Council (HRDC). All programmes are accredited by the Botswana Qualifications Authority (BQA) and the Council on Higher Education (CHE) in Lesotho. Botho University currently offers programmes through four faculties namely Faculty of Business and Accounting, Faculty of Computing, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Faculty of Education and Distance Learning. All our programmes have been developed with inputs from industry thus our graduates are ready to hit the ground running. We currently offer qualifications from certificate level to Master's degree level with plans in place for doctoral programmes to be rolled out very soon. With over 6000 students and almost 500 staff members and growing, Botho University is a dynamic and exciting place to be.