United States Agency for International Development join hands with Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in aligning workforce training and professional development

Islamabad, September 09, 2013 (PPI-OT): Through partnerships with over 8,500 employers across the world, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) seeks to formally recognize and reward leading organizations that offer continual learning and development support to ACCA trainees. Following this lead, ACCA Pakistan recently awarded the USAID Power Distribution Program with platinum approved employer status.

The USAID Power Distribution Program works jointly with government-owned power distribution companies (DISCOs) in Pakistan to improve their performance through a reduction in losses, and improvement in both revenues and customer services. Through this program, the United States Government provides assistance and support to the Government of Pakistan in its efforts to reform the power sector to end the current energy shortfall.

The ACCA-approved employer program will assist the USAID Power Distribution Program in aligning workforce training and professional development, ensuring that ACCA trainees and members continue to acquire the learning needed to do their jobs to the highest standard whilst upholding the ethical standards expected from an ACCA professional.

The approved employer certificate was presented to Craig R. VanDevelde, Chief of Party, USAID Power Distribution Program by Arif Masud Mirza, Country Head of ACCA Pakistan. “USAID Power Distribution Program is working in all nine government owned DISCOs of Pakistan. Our key emphasis is to improve governance and human resource practices.

We are working together with DISCOs to introduce a performance-based system in Human Resources, besides our achievements in finance in introducing updated internal audit and accounting manuals in DISCOs,” remarked Craig VanDevelde, Chief of Party of the USAID Power Distribution on the occasion. “By demonstrating USAID PDP’s level of commitment to the training and development of ACCA trainees, the program can attract and retain the very best accounts, audits and finance staff. This will also ensure development of better motivated staff, helping to maximize efficiency and productivity,” Mr. VanDevelde noted, adding that “Our employees are our asset”.

Commenting on the support ACCA will extend to the USAID Power Distribution Program, Mr. Mirza stressed, “We are immensely pleased to join hands with the USAID Power Distribution Program for recruiting a talented pool of ACCA students, trainees and members. Further, we see the USAID Power Distribution Program as a key partner in coaching and forming the future finance leaders of our profession.”

For more information, Contact:
Zia Ur Rehman
Communications Manager
USAID Power Distribution Program
Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92 51 2270911-916 Ext (106)
Fax: +92 51 8312997
Mobile: +92-334 513 0 950
Email: zrehman@pdip.pk
Web: www.pdip.pk

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