The CEO of the Institute of Solomon Islands Accountants (ISIA), Pamela Naesol-Alamu, is currently in Melbourne visiting the Head Office of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) to discuss potential areas of collaboration in which the two professional accounting organizations can further strengthen their partnership.
ISIA had recently partnered with IPA in a joint project which is funded by the Australian Government to roll out its professional diploma program aimed at upskilling local accountants in the country.
The relationship with IPA is critical in ISIA’s journey towards developing and
strengthening the Solomon Islands accounting profession as well as raising accounting competencies in the country.
“We have a critical shortage of skilled technician accountants and professional
accountants in the country, and this is a major concern of the Institute which is the
mandated professional accounting body to develop and regulate the Solomon Islands accounting profession”, says the CEO.
“Our approach is to focus on the development of our people first before we turn to
stepping up on our regulatory functions as mandated by the Accountants Act 2010.
Therefore, bringing in relevant internationally accredited professional trainings locally is of paramount priority as the first step in this journey, and we need the support of an internationally recognized professional accounting organization such as IPA to help us do this.
‘We are very fortunate to have this support from IPA and we look forward to working
closely together to further strengthen our relationship with IPA.”
Once all professional trainings are locally available, accountants in the country will be given a period of three (3) years to bring themselves up to speed by undertaking these trainings in order to become certified members of the Institute.