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Accountants asked to be ICT compliant

The Acting Controller and Accountant-General, Mr Kwasi Kwaning-Bosompem has called on public accountants in the country to abreast themselves of Information and Communication Technology(ICT) or be left out of the profession.

He said the issue of ICT had become the corporate currency of all international transactions which makes it “absolutely compelling for us to join the bandwagon or be counted out of the noble profession”.

The Controller and Accountant General stated these in Accra when he opened a three-day training programme for the first batch of middle-level accountants drawn from the Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

He indicated that researchers have concluded that negative human influence greatly affected financial transactions and hindered the fight against corruption.

According to him digitisation helped in the reduction of the human interference and allowed accountants to deliver service seamlessly without the human refractive tendency which most often changed the destination of all good objectives.

Mr Kwaning-Bosompem indicated that the deployment of the Ghana Integrated Financial Management System (GIFMIS) for all financial transaction of the state and the implementation of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) is in line with the global trend towards a digital and paperless economy.

In his address, Dr Edward Boateng, Director of Training of the Department said it was the policy of management to continuously train and upgrade the skills of staff to be current with modern trends in accounting and to equip them with the necessary tools to enable them to perform their duties efficiently and effectively.

He disclosed that the training programme was the first in the series planned for middle-level accountants in the MDAs which would be replicated to similar personnel in the metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs).

Source: ghanaiantimes.com.gh

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