Zimbabwe Pursues Increased Public Sector Transparency and Accountability

Finance Ministry and Accountancy Profession Join Forces on Accrual Accounting

Mar 27, 2018 | Harare and New York | English

The Zimbabwean Ministry of Finance, the nation’s Public Accountants and Auditors Board (PAAB), IFAC (the International Federation of Accountants) and Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), gathered more than 200 senior officials from central and local government to discuss next steps in Zimbabwe’s migration to accrual accounting based on International Public Sector Accounting Standards® (IPSAS®).

Opening the meeting, Finance and Economic Planning Deputy Minister Terence Mukupe reaffirmed the government’s commitment to high quality accrual-based public financial reporting as a cornerstone of sound public financial management and effective, efficient public service delivery.

The Chief Secretary, Office of the President and Cabinet, Dr. M.J.M Sibanda, sent a message of support that confirmed political backing at the nation’s highest level. He acknowledged the contribution of quality accrual-based public financial reporting to enhanced public sector transparency and accountability—an essential element in building trust and confidence in government amongst the people, as well as domestic and foreign investors.

Key development partners in Zimbabwe, including the European Union, International Monetary Fund, UK Department for International Development (DFID), United Nations Development Programme, and the World Bank, shared their expectations for PFM Reform in Zimbabwe. They encouraged the government to use the recently-completed Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) Assessment to develop a national PFM Reform strategy.

Participants actively identified accrual accounting implementation solutions, drawing on global, regional, and local best practices shared by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), Organisation of English-speaking African Supreme Audit Institutions, the Government of South Africa, and Government of Tanzania.

As an essential partner to government, the accountancy profession committed to continued strengthening of central and local government accountancy capacity—including attendees being offered access to CIPFA’s Certificate in IPSAS.

Key outcomes highlighted by Zimbabwe’s Accountant General, Daniel Muchemwa, included the establishment of a policymaking steering committee that will be supported by an implementation working group comprising meeting participants. They will meet quarterly to establish a high level implementation strategy and monitor progress in the migration to accrual accounting.

The event was supported by IFAC and CIPFA, and funded with UK aid from the UK government.

About IFAC

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 more than 175 members and associates in more than 130 countries and jurisdictions, representing almost 3 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.

In 2014, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) reached an agreement with IFAC to provide funding of almost £5 million for PAO capacity building in at least ten emerging countries over seven years. One of the projects under the IFAC Capacity Building Program using DFID funding is currently underway in Zimbabwe.

About DFID

The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty. We're ending the need for aid by creating jobs, unlocking the potential of girls and women and helping to save lives when humanitarian emergencies hit. For more information visit www.gov.uk/dfid.

About PAAB

The Public Accountants and Auditors Board, Zimbabwe (PAAB) functions in terms of the Public Accountants and Auditors Act [Chapter 27:12]. It is the regulatory body for the accountancy profession in Zimbabwe. The PAAB’s mission is to protect the financial interests of the people of Zimbabwe and those with interests in the Zimbabwean economy by ensuring the maintenance of high standards of professional performance by members of the accountancy profession to foster investment.

 
 

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