Four candidates in the professional qualification examination program of the Liberian Institute of Certified Public Accountants or LICPA have qualified as professional accountants first time ever in Liberia under the Institute’s professional credentialing programs.
LICPA Executive Director, James Dorbor Jallah, in a press release said, based on the results of the Institute’s Professional Exams administered in November 2013, the four successful candidates are: Victor Tanwone of the Liberia Airport Authority; Mohammed Korleh of the Project Financial Management Unit, Ministry of Finance; S. Moses Kesselie, Jr. also of the Ministry of Finance and Raphael Quaye of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).
The four successful candidates are now eligible for admission into the LICPA as Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) and also into the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana (ICAG) as Chartered Accountants, Ghana, upon meeting the requisite experience requirements. According to the release, they have completed Part 4 of the Institute ‘s professional exams. Mr. Jallah said he is optimistic that in 2014 more local accountants will qualify as professional accountants.
He explained that, to the best of his knowledge, this is the very first time ever in the history of Liberia that that many local accountants have qualified as full professional accountants at the same time; and without having to travel overseas for such professional qualification. Commenting on the exam results, LICPA President Nim’ne Elliott Mombo, Sr., said he, personally, and the entire LICPA along with the people of Liberia in general, are especially grateful to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which through its Governance and Economic Management Support (GEMS) program for Liberia has since June, 2013, provided funding for three experienced full time expatriate coaching instructors, who prepared LICPA candidates for the November 2013 professional exams, with a fourth expected to join the team this year.
He also expressed gratitude to the World Bank for its support in strengthening the LICPA; and to the Government of Liberia for its continued support to the Institute.
Council member Tugbeh Do, said, national Accountancy Institutes in West Africa have taken note of the progress made by the LICPA and has recognized the Liberian Institute as the premier national Accountancy body in West Africa that has consistently made the most progress in promoting professional accountancy skills in West Africa during the past five years.