THE Office of the Auditor General [OAG] says they were pleased to witness two of its managers graduating from the University of the South Pacific (USP) last Friday.
Randall Noda and Jenny Tura were amongst 154 students who graduated at the ceremony, held at Maranatha Hall.
A senior representative of the Office said that this marked another milestone in the professionalistion of the Office under an accelerated study assistance plan instigated by the former Auditor General, Edward Ronia, who will be very proud of staff achievements to date.
The Office said that it also marked another successful outcome of the Australian Government’s Last Semester Program [LSP] assistance to the OAG which saw both Mr Noda and Ms Tura attend a semester at the University of South Pacific campus in Fiji to help complete their degrees.
The Office thanked the Australian High Commission and its staff for making this program possible – in particular heryl Seeto [now back in Canberra] for obtaining the necessary funding; and Johanne Bawden for making sure that all the necessary arrangements were in place to ensure our staff were safely located in Suva and supported in their studies.
The OAG senior representative said that the Office was already supporting some of its graduate staff in taking the next step of commencing their studies for professional accreditation as Certified Practicing Accountants [CPA] through the Institute of Solomon Islands Accountants [ISIA].
This has been made possible because ISIA has concluded negotiations with CPA Australia which will see its members having access to the CPA Australia’s Certified Practicing Accountant Program at a fraction of the normal cost.
ISIA will be putting the proposed two year licensing agreement with CPA Australia to its members for endorsement at the Annual General Meeting to be held later on this year.
It is planned that the new low cost CPA arrangements will commence from Semester 1 next year.