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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2954

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants to launch a HR Leaders’ Forum

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Colombo, 09 March, ( Chartered Institute of Management Accountants has initiated an HR Leaders forum inviting a group of leading HR professionals in a bid to network and develop a synergy, mutually beneficial to CIMA students, CIMA members and HR professionals.

Speaking on the H R Leaders’ Forum, Aruna Fernando, President, CIMA Sri Lanka Division, said that CIMA believes that more and more HR professionals should understand the scope of the CIMA qualification and what it offers in relation to the changing environment and how the curriculum is updated to meet international standards. It is with this objective that the CIMA, Sri Lanka Division has taken steps to meet with employers and propagate the facts in order to create an even better understanding of how CIMA students and members could contribute towards quality financial management in their organizations.

He said that they are working in unison with other professional bodies and building alliances with them to develop professionals and the end objective is to build a high potential talent pool that would serve the national cause of making available high quality professionals for future employment not only in Sri Lanka but internationally as well.

The HR Leaders’ Forum is an initiative of the Employer Relations committee of the CIMA Sri Lanka division, Chaired by Dinesh Weerakkody, who is a CIMA member as well as a qualified HR professional.

Weerakkody said that the one single thing that will make or break an organization’s growth and success today, tomorrow, and the day after is the quality of Human Resources it can attract, retain and develop and today many young professionals are seeking opportunities in Australia, Africa, Middle East, UK and Canada, Sri Lankans are wanted for middle management positions in finance, IT and engineering in the West and the region. Therefore, the movement of good Sri Lankan talent could and will create a severe talent shortage, which would challenge our economic potential. Therefore, they need to start accelerating talent development to ensure that they are developing a growing cadre of managers, and establish management practices that enable Sri Lanka to have depth in our talent pipeline. So whilst one aspect of the meetings will be to work alongside the HR Leaders to build and grow the CIMA talent pool, the other aspect of the programme will be to provide HR leaders an opportunity to share their experiences.

The inaugural HR Leaders forum will feature a presentation on Global HR Challenges by Richard Cowlishaw - Global Head of HR, Director of PD Courtaulds who counts over 15 years experience in Human Resource Management, gained in a variety of blue chip organizations in the Insurance, Retail, Construction and Apparel Manufacturing sectors.

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