The Professional Accountancy Computing Training and Advisory Services Limited (PACTAS) celebrated 10 years of training professional accountants, on 29 February 2020 at the Uganda Martyr’s Primary School playground in Mbarara.
The event commenced with a march led by a brass band through Mbarara town, comprising of PACTAS alumni, students and accountants from Mbarara and surrounding areas.
The training institute was born out of a collaboration by graduates of the Certified Public Accountants (CPA) course, namely: CPA Denis Turyamureeba, CPA Elizabeth Nanyama and CPA Obed Mpwerirwe. The 3 teamed up after identifying the need to have a comprehensive accountancy training centre in Mbarara. They had previously offered tuition privately to ICPAU students in the region, and they registered success.
“We used to teach a few students privately, remotely in our individual capacities and they would pass including those who had been stuck at some levels, and this gave us the idea of having a one-stop centre for all CPA and ATD papers,” said CPA Denis Turyamureeba.
“We then saw the opportunity and decided to seize it. We started with only our heads as the capital. We approached Mrs Mary Frances Semambo, Director of Kabatereine Memorial Primary School who offered us the venue at her nursery section, to be paid for after collecting fees. We are so grateful to her,” said CPA Turyamureeba added.
Mr Godfrey Neema, the Manager – Stakeholder Engagement at the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda (ICPAU) applauded the PACTAS team for coming together to promote professional accountancy education in Western Uganda.
He told the gathering that professional accountancy education provides an individual with knowledge, skills, confidence, competence and a good attitude to perform high-level tasks for improvement of businesses. Accountants are business advisors who help in ascertaining the health of the organizations. He encouraged the business community in Mbarara to employ accountants if they want to sustain their businesses for a long time.
“PACTAS is a Recognised Tuition Provider,” Mr Neema said, and it will continue to receive support from ICPAU, the regulators for the accountancy profession in Uganda.
“In training Certified Public Accountants, ICPAU is responding to the call of the government to skill Ugandan citizens for today’s competitive markets beyond the Ugandan borders”. Mr Neema concluded by asking the parents to encourage their children to pursue professional accountancy education.
PACTAS is the only recognized ICPAU training institution in Western Uganda, attracting students of the CPA course, the Accounting Technicians Diploma (ATD) and the Certified Tax Advisor (CTA) course, from Mbarara, Kabale, Ntungamo, Hoima and surrounding areas.