Former South African President Thabo Mbeki will be the keynote speaker at the Lesotho Institute of Accountants (LIA)’s 7th annual conference in Maseru, Lesotho’s capital and largest city, on 21st October, 2015 on the topic: ‘A new leadership paradigm for the African Renaissance and its impact on African economies.’ Mbeki will be addressing LIA members, accountants and auditors, finance directors and managers, business owners, human resource managers, researchers and thought leaders.
“People like to identify Thabo Mbeki as an independent and original thinker, but one who remains close to the more visible leadership,” read a statement from the LIA. “His profile as a policy shaper and mediator in the movement has been built up over a lifetime of involvement,” it further said.
LIA chief executive officer, Malehlohonolo Mahase, said Mbeki suited the kind of personality for the occasion as the keynote speaker. She also pointed out that Mbeki will have a good impact and be relevant for the conference’s theme. She said his outstanding brand as a former South African president who contributed massively to its economy makes him relevant.
LIA is on a campaign to encourage accountants to take leadership positions in national affairs and influence political decisions in the Kingdom. In Parliament, she said accountants can be of great value in issues handled by the Public Accounts Committee. She also said they expect Mbeki to sharpen young leaders in their modern way of thinking. The conference’s theme is: Accountancy Profession Defining the Leadership Paradigm for New Africa. The three day conference will tackle topics including: Business Leadership in the 21st Century; Best Leaders, Stronger Economy; Transition from Accountants to Finance Leaders and The Professional Accountancy Organizations’ role in Developing Best Leaders.
Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki was President of South Africa, 1999-2008.
The Lesotho Institute of Accountants (L.I.A.) was established by the Accountants Act of 1977, which gives the Institute the mandate of regulating the Accountancy practice in Lesotho.
Kingdom of Lesotho is an enclaved, landlocked country in southern Africa completely surrounded by South Africa whose land size is over 30,000 km2 (11,583 sq mi) and has a population slightly over 2 million people. The name Lesotho translates roughly into the land of the people who speak Sesotho.