IFAC - International Federation of Accountants
ABWA - Accountancy Bodies in West Africa
PAFA - Pan African Federation of Accountants

The Association of Accountancy Bodies in West Africa (ABWA) was inaugurated on 10th August, 1982, in Lagos, Nigeria as a sub-regional organisation of International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) in West Africa. The Association which is committed to the development of accounting in the sub-region, was created to bring together accountancy bodies which are recognised by individual national laws in the seventeen countries in West Africa and are of good standing within the accountancy profession as well as not being government bodies. Over the years, membership of ABWA has increased to six (6) as follows:

1. The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria - 1982
2. Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana - 1982
3. The Gambia Association of Accountants - 1985
4. The Liberian Institute of Certified Public Accountants - 1985
5. Institute of Chartered Accountants, Sierra-Leone - 1986
6. Institut' Nationale des Expert au Senegal - 1986

ABWA operates a committee system, which reports to the Council, the governing body of the association. Council has established so far three standing committees. As a matter of policy, ABWA Presidency is rotated among its member-bodies and the tenure runs for two years.At present, Nigeria holds the presidency of ABWA. As a non-profit making organisation, ABWA depends for the funding of its activities entirely on subscriptions from the six (6) member-bodies and any other additional contributions from member-bodies. ABWA has held four successful congresses over the years. The congresses provided a platform for getting across to the governments in the sub-region the need to actively involve accountants in the process of National Economic Reconstruction and Development. The 5th ABWA Congress, was held in Nigeria between 4th & 8th May, 1999.

ABWA Secretariat is located at:

Plot 16 Idowu Taylor Street, Victoria Island, Lagos and is headed by an Executive Secretary.The Secretariat maintains strong links with member-bodies and other national accountancy bodies in the West African sub-region in particular and Africa in general.

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