Sage and ACCA Nigeria partner to develop finance professionals’ skills and expertise

Sage (www.Sage.com/Africa), the market and technology leader for cloud accounting, people & payroll, and payment systems, today announced that they have signed a partnership agreement with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) (www.AccaGlobal.com) in Nigeria.

This partnership will see the organisations work together to provide training and skills development opportunities to finance and accounting professionals. They will also promote each other’s brands to – and share information with – their respective communities.

Says Magnus Nmonwu (http://APO.af/Ik3wAK), Regional Director for Sage in West Africa: “We are delighted to cooperate with ACCA to develop skills in the finance and accounting arena – including the student members of the ACCA. We believe that there is a great deal we can do to add value for ACCA members in the region. Our wide network of resellers and partners are at hand to provide ACCA members and other Nigerian customers with the advice they need to grow their businesses.”

ACCA will integrate Sage learning materials into certificates and qualifications as relevant, helping to build capabilities among ACCA members and partner institutions. The partnership will kick-off with an event in November where Sage will be introducing Sage X3 to ACCA members within the enterprise space.

Tom Isibor, Country Head, ACCA, says: “We are constantly building new partnerships that increase the capacity of our students and members, with a focus on being agile, responsive and innovative to meet their needs and aspirations in a digital world.

“Our partnership with Sage will help us to support people and organisations in their holistic personal and business growth. The knowledge and training from this platform will ensure that they use future-proof IT in a manner that supports their operations and stakeholder interactions as their businesses grow.”

Distributed by APO on behalf of Sage.

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About Sage:
Sage (FTSE: SGE) (www.Sage.com/Africa) is the global market leader for technology that helps businesses of all sizes manage everything from money to people – whether they’re a start-up, scale-up or enterprise. We do this through Sage Business Cloud – the one and only business management solution that customers will ever need, comprising Accounting, Financials, Enterprise Management, People & Payroll and Payments & Banking.
Our mission is to free business builders from the burden of admin, so they can spend more time doing what they love – and we do that every day for three million customers across 23 countries, through our 13000 colleagues and a network of accountants and partners. We are committed to doing business the right way, and giving back to our communities through Sage Foundation. www.Sage.com/Africa.

About ACCA:
ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) (www.AccaGlobal.com), founded in 1904; is the global body for professional accountants. It offers business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.
ACCA supports its 198,000 members and 486,000 students in 180 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. ACCA works through a network of 101 offices and centres and more than 1,200 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development. Through its public interest remit, ACCA promotes appropriate regulation of accounting and conducts relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence. www.AccaGlobal.com.

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New Belgian Ambassador Accredited

The new Ambassador for the Kingdom of Belgium to Seychelles, H.E. Ambassador Nicolas Nihon, presented his credentials to President Danny Faure at State House this morning.

The President welcomed Ambassador Nihon and his delegation to Seychelles and stated that in view of the excellent relations between Belgium and Seychelles, his accreditation today serves as a stepping stone to further consolidate the existing excellent ties.

“We are very honoured to welcome H.E Ambassador Nicolas Nihon as the new Belgian Ambassador to Seychelles and we look forward to exploring new areas of cooperation and mutual interest together,” said President Faure.

On behalf of the Government and people of Seychelles, President Faure also conveyed his appreciation to the Kingdom of Belgium for their very active support in the area of Maritime Security when Seychelles was experiencing the scourge of piracy. Aside from existing areas of cooperation in defence, investment, and training, the President also raised other potential new areas of cooperation such as disaster risk management.

During the meeting, Ambassador Nihon pledged Belgium’s full support in further enhancing cooperation ties with Seychelles in the areas discussed, and also committed to exploring new avenues of collaboration.

Ambassador Nihon was accompanied to State House by Military Attaché, Col. Claude Van-Derdonckt, and Honorary Consul of Belgium in Seychelles, Mr Xavier Heinen.

Also present for the accreditation ceremony was the Diplomatic Advisor to the President, Ambassador Calixte D’Offay, and the Principal Secretary for the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Michelle Murray.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles.

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Libya: Security Council endorses UN plan on restarting political process

The Security Council today endorsed the United Nations’ action plan to resume an inclusive political process in Libya.

In a Presidential Statement, the 15-member body strongly urged all Libyans to work together in a spirit of compromise and to engage constructively in the inclusive political process set out in the UN action plan, which was presented at a high-level event in New York on 20 September 2017.

Regarding the measures set out in the action plan, the statement said that the Council “looks forward to further sequential implementation” of the plan, ahead of the holding of parliamentary and presidential elections within a year.

The Council also reaffirmed that the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA), which was signed in December 2015, “remains the only viable framework” to end the Libyan political crisis, and that any attempt by Libyan parties to undermine the Libyan-led, UN-facilitated political process is unacceptable.

Welcoming recent efforts to strengthen an inclusive political dialogue among all Libyans, including important efforts by Libya’s neighbours, international partners and regional organizations, the Council stressed that “all such initiatives should be consolidated under the leadership of the UN.

In that regard, the Council emphasised the imperative for all Member States to support the primacy of the UN mediation in Libya.

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President Faure receives Foreign Secretary for India

The President of the Republic, President Danny Faure, met with the Foreign Secretary for India, Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, at State House this afternoon.

Dr Jaishankar is in Seychelles as a special envoy of the Prime Minister of India to review the relationship between Seychelles and India and explore prospective opportunities for cooperation.

President Faure welcomed Dr Jaishankar to Seychelles and highlighted that India and Seychelles share a long standing relationship which has stood the test of time. “We are proud to have India as a partner in realizing our development aspirations. We sincerely hope that your visit will reinforce the excellent bond of friendship that exists between our two countries,” said President Faure.

During the meeting, discussions revolved around ways to strengthen the existing strong relations between the two countries, past and future avenues of cooperation such as military and defence, housing, agriculture, and technical assistance in the form of exchange of skills and training.

Speaking to the press after the meeting, Dr Jaishankar thanked the President for receiving him and stated that in addition to sharing the same ocean, India and Seychelles are also neighbours and his visit to Seychelles serves as testimony to further enhance the harmonious relationship and further develop cooperation in areas of common interest.

Foreign Secretary Dr Jaishankar was accompanied on his courtesy call to State House by an Indian delegation comprising of the High Commissioner of India, Dr Ausaf Sayeed, Joint Secretary (IOR) for MEA in New Delhi, Mr Sanjay Panda, and First Secretary of the High Commission of India in Victoria, Mr Sankara Subbu.

Also present was the Foreign Secretary of Seychelles, Ambassador Claude Morel, Diplomatic Advisor to the President, Ambassador Callixte D’Offay, and Principal Secretary for the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Michelle Murray.

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