The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) has recognised Zambia’s Minister of Works and Supply Hon. Felix Mutati (FCCA) as its Global Advocate of the Year 2017.
Mr. Mutati also received the Regional Advocate of the Year 2017 Award for Sub Saharan Africa.
At an awards ceremony in Glasgow attended by the ACCA Council on Friday 9th March 2018, ACCA President Leo Lee (FCCA) lauded Mr. Mutati for his extensive advocacy of the accountancy profession, notably in relation to his work as Cabinet Minister in contributing to Zambia’s efforts to fulfil the Vision 2030 goal to be a strong and dynamic middle-income industrial nation that provides opportunities for improving the well-being of all, embodying values of socio-economic justice.
And Mukaba Mukaba, head of ACCA Zambia, said “It is an honour to see one of our most inspiring senior members winning this prestigious award, from a strong field of nominees across the world.”
Mr. Mukaba said the Minister is vocal about the ways his ACCA qualification has been indispensable in both his current role as Minister of Works and Supply and his previous cabinet roles as Minister of Finance, and Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry respectively in supporting Zambia attain the middle-income state by 2030.
“Felix injects pride into the accountancy community showing they can perform within the context of government. He is an illustration of the importance of professionally qualified accountants at the forefront of business and economies. Felix is a truly deserving winner of the ACCA Emerging Markets Regional Advocate of the Year Award,” he said.
And in an interview after winning the awards Hon. Mutati said “You must live life for something much more important than one’s self. Advocacy is a passion, it is not a programme, and it should be a life style, working towards changing the lives of people in the profession and Zambia in particular. I have been recognised globally and I will be sharing this award globally, in Africa and in Zambia. It is possible particularly for Africa to change its fortunes if we connect together, work together and sacrifice as Africans,” he said.
ACCA launched the regional and global advocacy awards this year to recognise members who go above and beyond in expressing public support for the accountancy profession, embodying ACCA’s values, public value and ethical professionalism and inspiring others to follow in their footsteps.
The Advocacy Awards are not about career achievement; but about the way that ACCA members give back to their communities, and help ACCA to develop the next generation of professional accountants. The Awards are judged by the global ACCA Council.
The ACCA Regional and Global Advocacy Award winners for 2017 are:
- ACCA Asia Pacific Regional Advocate of the Year 2017: Quin Thong Siew Quen FCCA from Hong Kong.
- ACCA Emerging Markets Regional Advocate of the Year 2017: Felix Vasilescu FCCA from Romania.
- ACCA Europe and Americas Regional Advocate of the Year 2017: Matt Dolphin FCCA from the United Kingdom.
- ACCA MENASA Regional Advocate of the Year 2017: Nandika Buddhipala from Sri Lanka.
- ACCA Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Advocate of the Year 2017: Hon. Felix Mutati MP FCCA from Zambia.
- ACCA Global Advocate of the Year 2017: Hon. Felix Mutati, MP, FCCA from Zambia
For more information about ACCA’s advocates, please visit http://www.accaglobal.com/an/en/member/advocacy.html.
Issued by: Abigail Chaponda (Mrs.) First Secretary | Press and Public Relations Zambia High Commission in the United Kingdom and ACCA Zambia
SCOTLAND GLASGOW, Saturday, 10th March, 2018