Act professionally to safeguard public funds, TAWCA told

NATIONAL Assembly Speaker Tulia Ackson on Thursday challenged public accountants to do things professionally with the aim of supporting President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s efforts in controlling theft of public funds.

“You being professional accountants… you have an eye of noticing financial flaws unlike other professionals, we depend on you to help President Samia to stop theft of public funds,” Dr Ackson stated in Dar es Salaam.

Addressing the members of the Tanzania Association of Women Certified Accountants (TAWCA) at their 5th Women Leadership Forum with the theme ‘Live to Achieve’, she reminded them to be patriotic, adding: “You should now be different, let’s seal loopholes leading to loss of revenues

“May, I specifically urge you to first change your mindset so that you also change the mindset of other members of the community, especially their capacity and role in developing the country.

“Women can change mindset of others when they first change theirs and I have no doubt that the future generation would be different with your inputs.”

She noted that as pointed out in the theme, she asked the professionals to work hard to achieve their goals and also help others to realise their dreams.

In a related development she commended the TAWCA for supporting communities in different ways.

In her address, TAWCA Chairperson, Dr Neema Kiure-Mssusa noted that the theme should motivate women to live and work while targeting achieving their goals.

“This forum aims at building the capacity of the professionals and motivate them, especially women in development arena, so that they also become better leaders,” she said.

TAWCA was founded in October 2015 to promote the interests of women Certified Accountants (CPAs) in Tanzania through networking, education, leadership and economic activities.

TAWCA provides a supportive environment and valuable resources for its members to achieve their professional, personal and economic goals through networking and various programmes.

The association also promotes those aspiring to become certified accountants and young girls to enrol in the accountancy profession and equally, encourages them to explore their personal and professional ambitions.

Highlighting achievements of the association, Dr Kiure-Mssusa said it was started with 18 founding members, but now has 810 members countrywide.

“We have been stakeholders of education by donating mathematics and bookkeeping books to schools and encouraging students, especially girls to study mathematics,” CPA Kiure-Mssusa, said.

Members of the association have also been teaching in schools by volunteering, taking into account that public secondary schools still face shortage of bookkeeping teachers.

On his part, CPA Leonard Mkude, Government Accountant General, commended TAWCA for great achievements, especially in terms of increasing the number of members.

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