CHIMWEMWE MWALE, Livingstone
Southern Province Minister of Edify Hamukale says it is gratifying that the accountancy profession in the country has continued to focus on relevant matters of national development.
Dr Hamukale said Government is also happy that members of the profession have over the years effectively addressed economic, business and finance matters.
The minister said on Wednesday in a speech read for him by Southern Province permanent secretary Sibanze Simuchoba during the awardAssociation of Chatered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants (ZICA) and Chatered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) annual business conference.
The 2017 annual business conference is dubbed “Globalisation, economic prosperity and Smart Zambia”.
Dr Hamukale said the theme for the conference resonates well with the nation’s aspiration to continue being a key player in the world in various endeavours.
“This is to position Zambia as a competitive and first choice destination for investment, a committed and trusted partner in economic and development matters… This is also in tune with Zambia’s goal to attain a middle-income status in line with the Vision 2030.
“All our development efforts must respond to the Smart Zambia transformation agenda 2064 to enable the economic stabilisation and growth necessary for the actualisation of a Smart Zambia in support of the United Nations 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Union Agenda 2063,” he said.
And ZICA president Jason Kazilimani urged members to remain relevant to the profession and align themselves with global trends and technology.
Mr Kazilimani said accountants should also operate in tandem with the Smart Zambia campaign which President Lungu launched in 2016 and seeks to eliminate tedious and wasteful processes and procedures through electronic systems.
He said the Smart Zambia is about keeping oneself abreast of latest business technologies and encouraging digital infrastructure to remain relevant to modern business technologies in a global world.
“Our dependence on copper has sometimes impacted negatively on our economy and we need to lead diversification of the economy as business leaders.
“We need to move to value addition and it will not happen if we do not do anything about it and our children should not find themselves in the same situation because we have continued talking about diversification for a long time without doing it,” Mr Kazilimani said.
Business – Zambia Daily Mail