The launch of the Pan-African Federation of Accountants (PAFA)/Fédération Panafricaine des Experts-Comptables (FEPEC) is a historical event for the accountancy profession and the African continent, according to the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC). IFAC is the global organization for the accountancy profession, with members and associates in 125 countries.
PAFA is composed of 37 professional accountancy organizations from 35 countries, which have joined together to give voice to Africa’s economies and strategy on the global stage.
The PAFA President, Major General Sebastian Owuama, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, stated: “As the economies of African countries continue to grow, the contribution of the accountancy profession to sound corporate and public sector financial reporting and good governance is now more important than ever. PAFA will accelerate the development of the profession and strengthen the voice of the profession within Africa and worldwide.”
The PAFA launch in Dakar, on May 5, 2011, was hosted by Ordre National des Experts Comptables et Comptables Agrées du Sénégal (ONECCA) with the strong support of IFAC and the World Bank. Dr. Mussa J. Assad, National Board of Accountants and Auditors, Tanzania, was named vice president. The PAFA Secretariat will be hosted by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants in Johannesburg.
“The formation of PAFA demonstrates the commitment of the African accountancy profession, acting in the public interest, to strengthen its means of collaboration and to further develop the profession to support the emerging economies on the continent,” said Göran Tidström, IFAC President.
IFAC is the global organization for the accountancy profession dedicated to serving the public interest by strengthening the profession and contributing to the development of strong international economies. IFAC is comprised of 164 members and associates in 125 countries and jurisdictions, representing approximately 2.5 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.