Formulating the Africa Advocacy Programme (AAP) forms an integral part of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants’ global corporate strategy, Director for ACCA Africa Jamil Ampomah has said.
Speaking during the virtual launch of AAP and inauguration of its Committee Members, Mr. Ampomah said AAP had been created to be a force for the public good.
The AAP is a continent-wide programme structured to support collaboration with industry specialists across various disciplines and sectors; such as human resources, education, technology, governance, SMEs and Finance.
The programme seeks to also establish a think-tank that aims at providing a national platform to influence and contribute to public interest activities.
Ghana is the third African country to launch the AAP following its launch in Nigeria and Zambia.
Welcoming inaugurated members of the AAP Committee, Mr. Ampomah charged them to work collaboratively with the ACCA to facilitate initiatives and engagements toward influencing national decisions and actions for the good of the wider public.
“Committee members are to prioritise: emerging issues of public interest in Ghana; collaborate with the ACCA to develop policy activities applicable to sectors and areas of expertise; and joint facilitation of conversations with relevant sector authorities and aligned positions among others,” Mr. Ampomah said.
He added that: “We believe this is a rare opportunity to work together to make a significant difference, not only in Ghana but also beyond the shores of Ghana. I would like to once again congratulate the Committee Members on their appointment”.
The programme, according to Norman Williams – Head of ACCA Ghana, is also to establish a think-tank that aims at providing a national holistic perspective and an integrated joint platform to influence and contribute to public interest activities.
Following in the footsteps of Nigeria and Zambia, Ghana has become the third country to launch the ACCA Africa Advocacy Programme (AAP).
The committee inaugurated for the ACCA Ghana Advocacy Programme included:
Professor David N. Abdulai (President and CEO of African Graduate School of Management and Leadership); Dr Lobby Mensah (Senior Lecturer, University of Ghana); Dzifa Ayimey (Chief Financial Officer, Bayport Savings and Loans); Gloria Boye-Doku (Chartered Accountant); Hafron Aboagye (Partner, PwC); Professor Justice Bawole (Dean, University of Ghana Business School); Kwabena Antwi-Situ – (Deloitte Ghana); COP Madame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah; Mark Badu-Aboagye – (CEO, Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry); Nii Koi Kotey – (HR, Cummins Ghana); Sarah Mary Frimpong – (Non-Executive Director, Stanbic Bank Ghana).
Members of the committee are required to achieve the following objectives of the AAP: Improve engagement with policy stakeholders and enhance effectiveness by increasing ownership of market developed insights; Develop bespoke thought-leadership; Establish a joint platform for multi-sector policy engagements and activities; and contribute to policy debate as well as influence policy design, implementation, monitoring and reviews.