The 24th Annual Seminar review

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DAY 1: FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT FOR SUSTAINABILITY

Starting with a presentation on the Public Finance Management Reforms, PFMs, by the Accountant General, CPA Lawrence Semakula set the pace for the rest of the presenters. CPA Semakula shared the journey the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development has embarked on to achieve total transparency using the PFM Reforms. He hinted on the challenges government is still facing that include political bickering, capacity building, Tax compliance, PFM integrations and more. In his remarks, he emphasized how the Government has made substantial investments in the implementation of Public Financial Management reforms to improve fiduciary assurance and strengthen PFM systems.

CPA Semakula’s presentation was followed by the keynote address by the Managing Director of National Water and Sewerage Cooperation who the invitation was benchmarked on the success of his employer, in line with the theme, maintaining a sustainable enterprise

The Accountant General, CPA Lawrence Semakula addressing participants on day 1

Eng. Dr Silver Mugisha acknowledged the Balanced Scored Card (BSC) Framework for the success National Water & Sewerage Corporation has achieved in recent times. The Balanced Score Card focuses on 4 (four) perspectives namely; Customer Perspective (the framework is customer fast and first), Internal Perspective to check on systems and controls, People Perspective (The staff), Financial Perspective (focusing on business growth and sustainability). 

Eng. Dr Sliver Mugisha, PhD, responding to questions at the end of his presentation.

Dr Peter Kimbowa, PhD, then wowed the hall with his vigour and style of presentation on the topical discussion on the evolving role of the finance function for sustainability. He urged accountants to start thinking of ways that influence the productivity of their organizations with a focus on the customer, trend in the industry including disruptions and to develop a learning and unlearning mentality. PK’s presentation was rated as the most engaging presentation of the day on Slido. 

The day’s master of ceremony was CPA David Serebe who worked with a team of session chairpersons including CPA Stephen Ineget, CPA Ruth Doreen Mutebe Nseko, CPA Francis Kamulegeya. 

Qwela Band Performing for the participants during the dinner

Day 1 was wrapped up with a dinner featuring Qwela Band and Selector Jay. Both acts got participants off their seats with their crescendo appeal.

DAY 2: FAMILY & HEALTH

Themed Family and Health, day 2 topical discussions focused on parenting in the digital age and nutritionally healthy. Ms Beatrice Langa & Pastor Joshua Mugabi led the first presentations both focusing on parenting in the digital age. They advised participants to always create time as parents and model their children with godly family values. 

L-R: Pastor Joshua Mugabi, Session Chair CPA Josephine Ossiya and Mrs Beatrice Langa

Dr Paul Kasenene’s presentation on health and nutrition left the hall awe questioning their food/eating habits and lifestyle. His presentation divulged into healthier eating patterns. He challenged participants to consider eating uncooked foods for 7 days to ripe off an immerse health benefits in the practice. 

Dr Paul Kasenene displays the Chai Seeds during his presentation.

Dr Paul Kasenene received a standing ovation after his presentation, he recorded the highest engagement rate on Slido for both question and reviews of the day.

The afternoon was reserved for physical exercises, nature walks at both the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre and Botanical Gardens, as well as Sports including Beach Soccer, Squash, Golf, Volley Ball and Swimming. Some of the participants took this time off to donate Blood, take up health checkups at the Medical Camp, Networking with peers and a walk on the Nalubaale Beachside. 

The night was crowned with a performance by the house deejay, Selector Jay and performances by King Saha and Comedian Salvador. The later wowed the house with his hilarious jokes and jargons that left the entire dinner tent in busts of laughter.

DAY 3: BUSINESS & PERSONAL GROWTH

Mr Ronald Kawaddwa, the CEO of Majestic Brands kicked off day 3 presentations with a discussion on Emotional Intelligence in a dynamic workplace. His presentation highlighted the need for organizations to look at the bottom line and focus on shared value to drive productivity as measured by employee growth and satisfaction.

CPA Andrew Kawere hands over a token of appreciation to Mr Ronald Kawaddwa after his presentation.

CPA Doreen Rwakatungu-Musiime led the second session of the day, Business and Social Etiquette for Organizational Success. The most important take away from her discussion was the golden and platinum rule in managing relations which states, Treat others as you would like to be treated for the golden rule and treat others as they would like to be treated for the platinum rule. CPA Rwakatungu-Musiime’s presentation was rated as the most engaging presentation of day 3 on Slido.

L-R: CPA Doreen Rwakatungu-Musiime receiving a certificate from CPA CPA Silajji Kanyesigye Baguma after her wonderful presentation.

Eng. Aga Sekalala took it to the podium as the last presenter with a conversation on building a sustainable family enterprise.

Eng Aga Sakala talks Steering a Family Business to participants.

The day master of ceremony was Sandra Nakibuule Batte, who was deputized by session chairs in CPA Andrew Kawere, CPA Silaj Kanyesigye Baguma, and CPA Constant Mayinde Othieno. 

The last dinner was momentous as we recorded new recipients of the prestigious Accountancy Services Awards. Here is a summary of the recipients of the night.

  1. Accounting Firm of the Year Award – Dativa & Associates
  2. Finance Team of the Year Award (1st Runner up – Private Sector) – Reproductive Health Uganda Limited
  3. Finance Team of the Year Award (1st Runner up – Public Sector) – URA
  4. Finance Team of the Year Award (Winner) – Stanbic Bank Uganda Limited
  5. Young Accountant of the Year Award – CPA David Kiwanuka
  6. CPA of the Year Award – CPA Samuel Fredrick Mwogeza
  7. ICPAU Gold Service Award – CPA Evarist Bariyo Mwesigye

The night was graced with performances by Queen Sheebah and Deejay Selector Jay who got the participants in dance mood to crown the 24th Annual Seminar as another successful event organized by the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda, sponsored by Uganda Reinsurance Company, Stanbic Bank, UMEME, Standard Chartered Bank, Atomic Energy Council of Uganda, NSSF, KPMG, Ernst & Young, National Water Sewerage Corporation and BodyWise Fitness. Other sponsors included Nakasero Blood Bank, Statewide Insurance Company, ICEA Group, Insurance Institute of Uganda, Jubilee Insurance, Liberty Group, Uganda Insurers Association and PAX Insurance.

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