What people used to just imagine has become a reality today, making it necessary to unlearn old ways of doing things, Pan African Federation of Accountants chief executive Vickson Ncube told chartered secretaries gathered in Victoria Falls last week.
He told them they need to redefine, re-skill and reposition themselves in a way that enables them to come up with formidable solutions when challenges arise.
“We have ways of doing things with technology that we never thought about, he told the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators in Zimbabwe annual conference. He gave as an example the ability now to access one’s bank account from wherever one was.
He said it is time to start un-learning, learning and re-learning what was the norm a few years ago.
“Chartered Secretaries must redefine themselves, re-skill themselves and reposition themselves in such a way that, if challenges come, you are not confined to the destiny of irrelevance,” he said.
He went on to say it is time to move away from thinking about profitability to thinking about viability.
“We are all stakeholders. Let no one man tell a market he can buy us off,” he said.
He also urged them to be patriotic. “If you are going to be a chartered secretary who rises to the occasion, your professionalism must be covered by patriotism,” he said.
Mr Ncube said the African Union, having seen the challenges that face Africa, has come up with an agenda that would see Africa reaching set development levels by 2063.
“If you want to become a chartered secretary that rises to the challenge, press ahead with agenda 2063,” he said.