IMA Signs MOU with PICPA ME Federation in Support of the Finance and Accounting Profession

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Hanadi Khalife, Senior Director Middle East and India Operations at IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants)

Dubai: IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants) and the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalize ties with the Middle East Federation. The agreement will see both institutions working together to strengthen the management accounting knowledge base in the Middle East region. As part of the affiliation, PICPA ME Federationwill offer the CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) certification to its members as part of its social responsibility to the PICPA ME Federationcommunity, specifically to its members and students who are seeking to professionally upskill themselves as management accountants. This development affirms the Philippines’ vision and continued efforts to develop itself as a financial center.

Hanadi Khalife, Senior Director Middle East and India Operations at IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants)said, “This partnership will further strengthen the relationship between IMAand PICPA ME Federationwhich dates back several years. Finance professionals play an important role in building business confidence and as the Philippines’ economy continues to grow, the role of the function in that region will continue to grow in importance.  Our association with PICPA ME Federationwill help promote and develop best practices while providing holistic learning opportunities to professionals looking to pursue globally relevant qualifications that enhance their career prospects and add strategic financial value to domestic and international organizations operating in the country.”

Lyndon Masangcay Magsino, EMBA, CPA, CIA Chairman-PICPA Dubai & PICPA Doha, said, “We are delighted to join hands with IMA, one of the largest and most respected associations focused on advancing the management accounting profession. Members of both institutes will now be able to share knowledge and much needed expertise. This partnership will go a long way to further strengthen the management accounting profession in the Philippines and will be welcomed by both professionals and corporates alike.”

For nearly 50 years, the CMA certification has been the global benchmark for management accountants and financial professionals. IMAs CMA certification program is an advanced-level assessment for accounting and finance professionals in business covering financial planning, performance and analytics, and strategic financial management.

About IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants):

IMA is one of the largest and most respected associations focused exclusively on advancing the management accounting profession. Globally, IMA supports the profession through research, the CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) and CSCA® (Certified in Strategy and Competitive Analysis) programs, continuing education, networking, and advocacy of the highest ethical business practices. Twice named Professional Body of the Year by The Accountant/International Accounting Bulletin, IMA has a global network of about 140,000 members in 150 countries and 350 professional and student chapters. Headquartered in Montvale, N.J., USA, IMA provides localized services through its four global regions: The Americas, Asia/Pacific, Europe and Middle East/India. For more information about IMA, please visit www.imanet.org.

About PICPA ME Federation:

The Philippine Institute of Certified Accountants or PICPA is the accredited professional organization (APO) of CPAs by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and has been awarded twice as PRC most outstanding APO from among other professional organizations. PICPA was founded in November 1929 by a group of illustrious pioneers in the accounting profession: Enrique Caguiat, Santiago de la Cruz, Francisco Dalupan, Jaime Hernandez, Felipe Ollada, Ramon del Rosario, Antonio Sanchez, Jose Torres, Artemio Tulio, Clemente Uson and Jesus Zulueta. W. W. Larkin, holder of CPA Certificate No. 1, was its first president. PICPA is a registered non-stock corporation with Geographical divisions, regions and chapters all over the country. Geographical Areas, Regions and Chapters do not have juridical personality separate and distinct from each other or from the national office. The PICPA organization consists of the National Office (supported by a national secretariat), the geographical area, regions, the chapters and the general membership.