Auditing and consulting giant Deloitte has organised a ceremony in Accra to mark the launch of its 75th anniversary of serving the nation.
The ceremony marks the beginning of a series of events that Deloitte has put in place to commemorate such a milestone of its establishment in the country in 1939 by James Donald Barnes, a Scottish Chartered Accountant.
Speaking at the launch, Country Manager of Deloitte, Daniel Kwadwo Owusu, used the opportunity to congratulate all past and present partners as well as staff for the hard work that has earned the company its enviable reputation in the country.
He said the company is even more poised to deepen its relationship with clients by continuing to provide them with exceptional and professional services tailored to their needs, adding that it will further increase its social support to deprived communities.
Also speaking at the event, Minister of Trade Alan Kyerematen congratulated the company for providing needed leadership in the auditing and consulting profession, urging it to be motivated by its own achievements to do more in the future.
He further assured the company of government’s commitment to support businesses thrive with policies and programmes that will work in their interest.
“I am very certain that the focus is how to survive in the 75 years. I want to assure you of government’s commitment to accompany you in this journey over the next 75 years. As a government, what we have sought to do during the last 5 years is move Ghana from growth to transformation. And for transformation to occur, it requires reforms. Government has initiated significant reforms for various sectors of our economy,” he said.
Chief Operations Officer of the Deloitte West Africa Group, Anthony Olukoju, also encouraged his colleagues not to give up on their hard work that has propelled the company to growth over the past 75 years – stressing that a high level of professionalism is key to achieving this.
Guest of Honour and former partner of Deloitte Ghana, Osabarima Kwesi Atta II, congratulated the company for being able to steer its way through the heavy storm that rocked the world, COVID-19, and driving the company to success.
“Despite the recent COVID-19 pandemic, Deloitte is still among the best accounting firms in the country and is offering professional service to its numerous clients. It is in this vein that Deloitte is looking positively into the future and another 75 years of excellence,” he said.
Another former Managing Partner, Seth Kye, had some words of advice for the management and staff of the company saying: “The first is teamwork. It is the teamwork that makes the dream work. And therefore I would like to encourage the staff to keep working in unity, to keep on working in unison. Because it is the team that counts.
“The next thing I would like to say is one should remember that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. And therefore we must try as much as possible to ensure that since this is a human institution we prop each other up. Again, we must try as much as possible to have a better relationship with our clients. And last but not least, what I want to leave with you is quality, quality and quality.”
In another solidarity message, the Chartered Institute of Taxation congratulated Deloitte for its hard work that has made it a leader in its field of operations. He thanked the company for the generous support it offers the institute.
Again, the Institute of Chartered Accountants also commended Deloitte for setting a good example in the accounting and consulting profession and further contributing to growth of the economy.
“We congratulate Deloitte Ghana for its landmark achievement. As partners working toward enhancing Ghana’s economy through the products and services your firm offers, we are indeed very proud to be associated with this event. Deloitte Ghana has made its mark in Ghana. Your client-base and significant team strength is evidence of your phenomenal journey and remarkable success.”