Saturday, 28 November 2015

Young Professional Accountants Network Ghana inaugurated

The Young Professional Accountants Network (YPAN), Ghana has officially been launched in Accra, to bring young accountants under one umbrella to impact on the economy and the society as a whole.

According to YPAN accounting plays a significant role in every economic growth, and so, there is
the need for accountants to use the knowledge acquired to transform not only their various organisations, but the economy as well.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Oheneba Kwabena Kena, Founding Chairman of YPAN noted that there are young talented accountants across the country that have strong desires to make an impact in the economy with their knowledge, however in one way or the other opportunities for them are not available.

He said in 2014 YPAN conducted a survey on the public perception about accountants; and the first group stated that “accountants are debit and credit masters”.

Responding to these findings, the Founding Chairman added: “Accountants in the 21st century are not just debit and credit master; they have to be the business leaders and strategy drivers.”

Mr Kena said among YPAN’s flagship programmes are the Young Accountants Conference, Young Accountants Mentorship Sessions and Young Accountants Dialogue; where all accountants come together to digest and scrutinise the budget, share ideas on the socio- economic issues.

Mr Sydney Casely Hayford, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Africa Media Service, also noted that as chartered accountants especially in Ghana face a lot of challenges, but young accountants should gather courage to stay through the profession and be an integral part of the society.

Mr Hayford advised accountants to avoid temptation in any small way adding: “If you cut someone a cheque ahead of time and they feel like rewarding you; make it very clear to them that you did what you did out of your own efficiency, competence and integrity.”