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Bid to boost public sector skills

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TO help bring about transformation in skills readiness in the South African public service sector, the Southern African Institute of Government Auditors (SAIGA) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Association for Advancement of Black Accountants of Southern Africa (ABASA).

The MoU aims to help with capacity challenges in the public sector by providing government officials, members and associates with access to a broader base of training and development courses, programmes, workshops, seminars, conference, research, and related activities.

Some of the skills programmes including continuous professional development through short courses, training on government auditing and accounting specialised programme qualification, certification programmes for the Registered Government Auditor professional designation, technical advice and guidance in accounting and auditing specifically for the public sector space and training through SAIGA’s training academy which supports the state with capacity development programmes.

As part of the agreement, members and associates of the two institutions will be able to attend all courses, programmes, workshops, conferences, seminars and related activities offered or hosted by ABASA or SAIGA including the recently announced SAIGA Annual Conference scheduled to take place in November this year.

Speaking during the announcement, in Rosebank SAIGA Chief Executive Officer Russel Morena said, “Our vision is to be a leading professional organisation that pursues a collaborative approach and leverage the combination of core competencies of its stakeholder to increase member value in addressing needs of our professionals.

“This partnership with ABASA will help contribute towards upskilling individuals to be more accountable in their roles in the public sector. This MoU will also help enhance the visibility of both institutions to the broader public. Through this agreement, members of ABASA are eligible for training and exclusive access to SAIGA programmes and events.”

ABASA President Ashley Dicken said, “Through the collaboration ABASA aims to up-skill and empower members and associates with latest quality training which cut across different sectors, with the tools they need to succeed in the current work environment.”

The agreement came into effect on 26 May 2021 and will continue for a period of two years.

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