Accountant General of the Republic of Botswana, Emma Peloetletse, has been awarded honorary membership of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), following a study tour at CIPFA’s London office, last week.
Ms Peloetletse, who was joined by members of her accountancy team, was in the UK to work on implementation plans for the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS).
“We view the relationship with CIPFA as long term and therefore a serious investment that we will cherish,” Peloetletse said.
“CIPFA’s generosity to award me an honorary membership is beyond my imagination.”
The trip included visits to UK central and local government departments and discussions with CIPFA Chair of Standards, Ian Carruthers, who is also Chair of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB), and CIPFA Chair of Development, Alan Edwards.
Commenting on the award, Mr Edwards said: “CIPFA is pleased to offer Emma honorary membership at CIPFA in recognition of her outstanding work as Accountant General and as Chair of the East and Southern African Association of Accountants General Executive Committee (ESAAG).
“We hope that the study tour has inspired Emma and her team to continue improving the financial and accounting systems in Botswana.”
Peloetletse has been key to Botswana’s public finance system for over 20 years. Her membership to committees such as Botswana Accountancy Oversight Board, Botswana Accountancy College Board and the Botswana Pensions Fund, has contributed significantly to innovation in the country’s public sector finance and accountancy systems.
Most significantly, Peloetletse is Chair of the ESAAG. She works with her fellow committee members, to improve the public finance system across the Eastern and Southern Africa. In a recent committee meeting, she described how she wants to reform the Botswanan public financial and accountancy systems to mirror the current system in Tanzania.
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