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CIMA Corporate Partners 2011

Jan 15, 2011 2:20:48 PM - thesundayleader.lk

The Sri Lanka Division of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants launched the Corporate Partner Programme for the fourth consecutive year. This programme was initiated in 2007 keeping in line with the global growth strategy underpinned by strong and effective partnering programmes with employers around the world. This flagship programme is specially designed to establish affinities with leading corporate organisations in Sri Lanka so that they could mutually benefit from CIMA’s high brand recognition and compatible professionalism and values.
“Driving National Professional Excellence” was the theme of the 2011 programme that was launched at a well-attended ceremony held on 10 January at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Colombo. The success of past programmes was quite evident as a higher number of ‘top shelf companies have signed up this year than last year from a variety of sectors.
The CIMA Corporate Partners for the year 2011 are:
Aitken Spence PLC, Associated Motorways (Private) Ltd., Cargills (Ceylon) PLC, Chemical Industries (Colombo) PLC, Citizen Development Business Finance Ltd., Coats Thread, Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC, Dialog Axiata PLC, Finlays Colombo PLC, GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals, Hatton National Bank, Hayleys PLC, John Keells Holdings PLC, Lankem Ceylon PLC, MTV Channel (Pvt) Ltd, Sampath Bank PLC, Singer (Sri Lanka) Limited, Sri Lanka Telecom PLC, Standard Chartered Bank, Union Assurance PLC, and Wijeya Newspapers Ltd
Executive Director – CIMA Markets, Andrew Harding commented: “Sri Lankans signed up to the CIMA programme in larger numbers than ever during 2010. CIMA has a proud history in the country and its qualifications have enabled thousands of Sri Lankans to have rewarding careers with reputable businesses both at home and abroad. Sri Lanka is now emerging from a difficult period and establishing itself as a leader among the world’s developing nations. The young and talented workforce of Sri Lanka is proving to be a major national asset as global business searches for talent. CIMA Sri Lanka is continuing to support the ambitions of young Sri Lankans. In 2010 CIMA training was launched in Jaffna, Trinco and Batticaloa to ensure that education opportunities are available as people in those areas rebuild prosperity. The new CIMA Sri Lanka Board ensures that CIMA’s work in the country is relevant and focused.”
“The Corporate Partner Programme is a key part of CIMA’s work in Sri Lanka and recognises the ever-increasing success of Sri Lankan businesses on the world stage. This year sees the number of employers participating increase from 19 to 22. CIMA works with employers in Sri Lanka, and around the world, to ensure that CIMA is the qualification of choice, that the young people who have chosen CIMA have the best career opportunities and are supported in lifelong learning. We are totally focused on the learning and development agenda of companies as they strive to recruit, develop and retain high performing people.”
Immediate Past Chairman, CIMA Sri Lanka Board, Sutheash Balasubramaniam commenting on the launch said: “With the dawn of the year 2011, we see the spirit of optimism to be prevailing among individuals and businesses.  As the recovery from the global downturn picks momentum, the local policy makers have predicted close to 8% GDP growth in 2011.  This is expected predominantly to come from the service sector which is private sector driven.
Optimism due to the ending of the war is not without challenges.  The business equilibrium that prevails today as the doors of opportunity opened for us is vastly different when the doors closed three decades ago.  It is no rocket science for us to apprehend that we need to fast track the execution of our growth strategies if you are to keep pace with other countries that are thriving for market share the global economy.
“CIMA Corporate Partner 2011 is an endeavour to engage the leading businesses in Sri Lanka to drive corporate excellence.  This is the fourth successive CIMA Corporate Partner Programme and I thank the businesses who have continued to be our partners and welcome those who have joined CIMA this year in the effort of driving national corporate excellence.”
Regional Director – South Asia and Middle East, Bradley Emerson said at the launch: “Nurturing talent is probably the most important responsibility of a corporate citizen.  CIMA as an institute has continuously updated its curriculum to provide the next generation of Sri Lanka, the knowledge and skills that are demanded in the business world of today.  Nurturing the talent is beyond providing knowledge.  It is also inculcating the right attitude, work ethics, and profile which can only be done by the businesses that believe in these principles.  CIMA corporate Partner Programme is about engaging the leading businesses in Sri Lanka for this noble effort of nurturing the next generation.