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A Better Tomorrow – AICPA & CIMA host inaugural Careers Day& Training Partner Launch

The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association), representing AICPA & CIMA (The American Institute of CPAs and The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) hosted their inaugural Careers Day to support students, members and the public, specially the youth of Sri Lanka to understand career options in varied fields and to find professional employment in leading companies in Sri Lanka.
This was soon followed by a recognition event in which several partnerships, milestones and achievements of the CIMA fraternity in Sri Lanka was celebrated. Held on October 20, at Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo, the events were witnessed by a large audience representing the Corporate and Educational Sector in Sri Lanka.
CIMA partnered with AICPA in 2017 to create the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, which now is the largest and leading body of Professional accountants in the world. A Sri Lankan, Ms. Melanie Kanaka holds the CIMA Presidency this year – which has been a significant achievement for Sri Lanka.
During these uncertain times, CIMA aims to support students in professional employment and development with a hope for a better tomorrow. The event was free of charge for attendees and had over 30+ AICPA and CIMA Training Partner organizations at the Career Day segment.
The event commenced with a ‘Careers Day’, where 9 elite business leaders shared their views on the future outlook of the job market, emerging trends and skills for the future.
Speakers included;  
= Anushi Senaratne Jayasinghe, Director – Human Resources & Administration, Hela Apparel Holdings – Intimates Cluster
= Dhashma Karunaratne, COO Freight & Assistant Vice President BD- Maritime Freight Logistics Cluster at Aitken Spence
= Janik Jayasuriya, Managing Director, Celeste Daily
= Mahesh Amarasiri, Group Chief Financial Officer at ACL Cables PLC
= Manil Jayesinghe, Country Manager, Ernst & Young
= Nirodha Ambanpola, Head of Sales and Marketing · r-pac Lanka Pvt Ltd
= Rajeev Amarasuriya, Senior Legal Consultant, Amarasuriya Associates
= Rajith Munasinghe Co-Founder, Linear Squared
= Shanaka Fernando, Director and General Manager HR, WNS Global Services
The Recognition Event was graced by Chief Guest – Her Excellency Lisa Whanstall, Deputy British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and Guest of Honor, Prof. Sampath Amaratunge, Chairman, University Grants Commission. The guests were welcomed by Ms. Zahara Ansary, FCMA, CGMA, Country Head, AICPA and CIMA in Sri Lanka, who stated “As a prestigious global qualification, we are here to support our student, member and employer partner community in Sri Lanka. Hence, we arrange various initiatives to help the youth and professionals to thrive through these uncertain times – inspiring them with the best that the largest and leading professional accountancy network can offer – in terms of training as well as development and progress in their careers and lives”.
1000+ students on CGMA FLP route
In 2020, the CGMA Finance Leadership Program (FLP), the digital route towards completing CIMA, was introduced in Sri Lanka and this event celebrated the uptake of this route by over 1000 students – through University Partnerships and Registered Tuition Providers, both of whom were recognized. The initial CGMA FLP student cohort who had completed the qualification were also recognized during the event.
Registered Tuition Providers
= Imperial College of Business Studies, Colombo/ Kandy
= Nanaska
= Wisdom Business Academy
CGMA FLP University Partners
= Informatics Institute of Technology (IIT)
= KAATSU International University (KIU)
= National School of Business Management (NSBM)
= Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT)
= Universal College Lanka (UCL)
= University of West of Scotland (UWS through Imperial College of Business Studies)
Launch of FLP Core – The knowledge and skills of CIMA CGMA Professional Qualification without the exams
The event also witnessed the launch of the latest offering via CGMA FLP – the Skills Core Option, which was presented by the Regional Vice President – APAC, AICPA and CIMA APAC Venkkat Ramanan.
This is a pathway for those keen to have the knowledge provided within the CIMA qualification, but only consists of learning with an option to do exams later. This subscription model of FLP does not include the Case Study exams but includes Digital skills certificates and is meant for Students who wish to develop specific competencies. This is an ideal solution for organizations which need competency development solutions specially as a cross functional learning program to raise commercial awareness for non-finance staff.
Typically, students have to complete examinations to get the CIMA CGMA Professional Qualification but through CGMA FLP Skills Core, they can get the knowledge and skills certification but not the qualification (for which they can sit for exams later if they wished to) and this is the newest trend in professional education.
Launch of AICPA and CIMA Training Partners
50 leading employers and corporates have signed up this year since the launch of the Training Partnership. These organizations support CIMA students and members, whilst offering various benefits to attract, develop and retain CIMA students and members into their respective organizations. AICPA and CIMA supports these organizations with training and assistance.
The event concluded with networking and fellowship.

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