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IMA announces 91st president of the institute
The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) announced today that it has appointed finance transformation business leader, Simon Bittlestone, FCMA, CGMA, as the 91st president of the institute. He will also serve as 9th chair of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association), the world's largest accounting membership body of public and management accountants. 13 Jun 2024 Read more

Business executives continue their seesaw outlook on the U.S. economy, AICPA & CIMA survey finds
  • Optimism in U.S. economy’s prospects dip after last quarter’s rebound
  • Profit and revenue expectations tick up slightly
  • Hiring picture softens a bit 11 Jun 2024 Read more

  • AICPA & CIMA CEO announces retirement
    Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA, has announced that he plans to retire on 31 December 2024 from his role as CEO of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association) and President and CEO of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). The Association is the world’s largest accounting membership body of public and management accountants. Melancon served the profession in this role for 30 years. The details of his successor are expected to be announced before the end of the year and Melancon will be assisting with the transition and handover to the new CEO as they take up the role. 27 May 2024 Read more

    Co-chair of world’s largest accounting body talks to University of Pretoria students on future of finance
    University of Pretoria students encouraged to seize invaluable opportunities available in the profession. 22 May 2024 Read more

    New generation of South African accounting and finance professionals awarded the CGMA designation
    Two hundred-and-sixty new candidates have been awarded the CGMA designation at a convocation that took place in Johannesburg, led by CIMA president and co-chair of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, Sarah Ghosh, FCMA, CGMA. The new cohort will help meet the growing needs of business and the South African economy for accounting and finance services. 16 May 2024 Read more

    CIMA president and co-chair of the Association set to visit South Africa
    Sarah Ghosh, FCMA, CGMA, president of The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), and co-chair of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association), which represents AICPA & CIMA, will be visiting South Africa from 11 to 14 May 2024. 10 May 2024 Read more

    New AICPA & CIMA research shows deep divide among finance professionals about the future of finance
    AICPA & CIMA released today their Re-defining finance for a sustainable world white paper, the latest iteration of their Future of Finance research programme. Originally launched in 2019 with the Re-inventing finance for a digital world white paper, this extensive global research programme explores the future of the accounting and finance profession in the age of disruption and its broader ecosystem, defining essential skills, competencies, and knowledge needed to succeed in an ever-changing business world. 29 Apr 2024 Read more

    CIMA and ICAN Membership Pathway Agreement sees first-ever accountant acquire dual designations
    A member of The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the world’s leading professional body and one of the founding members of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, Florian Hartzenberg, ACMA, CGMA, has become the first professional accountant in Namibia to acquire both the Chartered Accountant, Namibia (CA(NAM)) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designations, following the accounting body’s Membership Pathway Agreement with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Namibia (ICAN). 2 Apr 2024 Read more

    CIMA and Fasset train hundreds of accountants on International Financial Reporting Standards
    Memorandum of Understanding with Fasset enables finance and accounting professionals to enhance their IFRS expertise and support the transition to more responsible business practices. 1 Mar 2024 Read more

    Sustainability reporting and assurance practices of largest global companies continue to mature
    The largest global companies are providing more detail and breadth in their sustainability reporting, and are also obtaining a greater scope of assurance on those disclosures, according to an updated report from the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and AICPA & CIMA. The study, an annual benchmark that now includes 2022 data, also found the use of varying sustainability standards and frameworks continues to make it difficult for investors, lenders, and other stakeholders to find consistent and comparable sustainability information. 29 Feb 2024 Read more

    AICPA & CIMA and Topco Media deliver the premier sustainability conference in South Africa
    The Future of Sustainability Conference 2024 aims to create a space for business leaders to engage on matters related to environmental, social, governance, and sustainability. 13 Feb 2024 Read more

    AICPA & CIMA mentoring scheme expands to Africa, Europe, and Canada
    The scheme will expand the opportunities for young professionals to receive career advice and guidance and reach their full potential 23 Jan 2024 Read more

    Business executives’ mixed view on economy reflects continued uncertainty, AICPA & CIMA survey finds
    Business executives don’t have a strong sense of where the economy is headed, and their mixed-bag outlook reflects that, according to the fourth-quarter AICPA & CIMA Economic Outlook Survey. The survey polls chief executive officers, chief financial officers, controllers and other certified public accountants in U.S. companies who hold executive and senior management accounting roles. 12 Dec 2023 Read more

    AICPA & CIMA announce first-ever winners of prestigious CGMA Professional Awards Africa
    AICPA & CIMA, together as the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, announced the 63 winners, including 44 winners in South Africa, of the first edition of the AICPA & CIMA CGMA Professional Awards Africa at a ceremony in Johannesburg on 24 November 2023. 29 Nov 2023 Read more

    CIMA’s CGMA Professional Qualification gets recognised by the Construction Sector Charter Council
    CIMA members to be formally recognised as practicing finance and accounting professionals for the built environment, construction, and consulting engineering industries in South Africa. 21 Nov 2023 Read more

    Majority of global boards and executives sense an increased risk environment
    Enterprise risk management processes undervalued by boards and executives 3 Nov 2023 Read more

    Finance teams set to play greater role in driving business performance says new AICPA & CIMA report
    Finance professionals must adapt to expanding responsibilities in areas such as technology, ESG, and leadership 23 Oct 2023 Read more

    AICPA & CIMA call for the skilling of accountants to better support ESG practices in Africa
    Following participation in the recent ESG Africa Conference in Johannesburg, AICPA & CIMA, together as the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants is calling for action to upskill and educate accountants, finance and business professionals on the opportunities managing Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) presents in Africa. 18 Oct 2023 Read more

    AICPA & CIMA call for education and action to prepare Ghana for ESG opportunities
    The largest global member body of accountants and finance professionals, AICPA & CIMA, together as the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, today hosted members and industry leaders in Accra to discuss Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) and how African businesses, including finance and accounting professionals, can tap into this. 26 Sep 2023 Read more

    AICPA & CIMA survey indicates a less pessimistic economic outlook
    With concerns about inflation and a potential recession ticking down, business executives have grown guardedly less pessimistic about the US economy's prospects, according to the third-quarter AICPA & CIMA Economic Outlook Survey. The survey polls chief executive officers, chief financial officers, controllers and other certified public accountants in US companies who hold executive and senior management accounting roles. 18 Sep 2023 Read more

    Enrolment open for prestigious executive management course on sustainable financial strategy
    Six-week learning opportunity developed by University of Oxford's Saïd Business School and AICPA & CIMA. 17 Aug 2023 Read more

    CIMA and CPA Canada sign Memorandum of Understanding
    The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding agreement in Toronto. The new agreement became effective 1 August 2023. 8 Aug 2023 Read more

    2 African business leaders join governing body of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
    The world's leading professional body for management accountants, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), part of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, has appointed Fungai Constantine Chikosi, FCMA, CGMA, and Alfred Ramosedi, FCMA, CGMA to CIMA Council, the Institute's global governing body. 4 Aug 2023 Read more

    CIMA partners with ICAZ to elevate the accounting and finance profession in Zimbabwe
    The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), part of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants founded with the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), has signed a dual-designation agreement with Zimbabwe's premier accounting body, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Zimbabwe (ICAZ) to enable their respective members to take on dual membership and use both the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) and the Chartered Accountant (Zimbabwe) (CA(Z)). 28 Jul 2023 Read more

    AICPA & CIMA launch new climate resilience accounting resource
    AICPA & CIMA, together as the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, have launched Accounting for Climate Resilience - a new online educational brief designed to help finance professionals build their sustainability literacy so they can lead and support the journeys of their organisations, firms, and clients as they adapt business models and operations in response to increasing climate-related risks. The resource's launch highlights the important role professional accountants have to play in this context. 26 Jul 2023 Read more

    AICPA & CIMA update Global Management Accounting Principles for digital acceleration and ESG
    The Global Management Accounting Principles are a core AICPA & CIMA document mapping out the foundations of the profession. 3 Jul 2023 Read more

    AICPA & CIMA support new sustainability disclosure standards from IFRS
    AICPA & CIMA praised the release of two new global sustainability disclosure standards from the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Foundation. 27 Jun 2023 Read more

    New CIMA president calls on finance professionals to build a thriving profession
    Newly appointed members of the Africa Regional Engagement Group were also announced to provide input into Association's global strategic plan. 14 Jun 2023 Read more

    AICPA & CIMA celebrate the next generation of accounting and finance leaders in Zambia
    Over 70 CGMA candidates celebrated completing their CGMA exams. 12 Jun 2023 Read more

    Release of forensic accountant standards and qualifying criteria
    The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Forensic Accounting Forum hereby invite you to attend the launch of the Forensic Accountant Professional Standard and Qualifying Criteria on 30 June 2023. Due to the impact that this professional standard will have on the industry, we are hosting a hybrid event to launch and celebrate its release. All media partners are invited to attend the in-person event in Pretoria at no cost, and any member of the public is invited to attend the event online. If you are a media partner and would like to attend the event in person, kindly contact Minette Niemann at az.oc.asefca@ettenim. If you are a member of the public and would like to attend online, click here. 2 Jun 2023 Read more

    CIMA and ABASA sign MOU to develop accounting and finance professionals in South Africa
    The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), part of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants founded with the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), and the Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants of Southern Africa (ABASA), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). 26 May 2023 Read more

    Momentum builds for corporate ESG reporting and assurance, yet disclosure inconsistencies linger, study finds
    Third report from IFAC and AICPA & CIMA identifies sustainability trends and progress over three-year span 8 Mar 2023 Read more

    AICPA & CIMA and Saïd Business School partner to improve sustainable accounting across the world
    Executive management programme in sustainability for accounting and finance professionals is part of a broader strategic collaboration planned between the two parties 7 Mar 2023 Read more

    CIMA and ICAN partner to provide access to professional accountants seeking dual designation status
    Mutual Pathway Agreement enables members of ICAN and CIMA to use both CA(NAM) and CGMA designations. 10 Feb 2023 Read more

    AICPA & CIMA launch new certificate to help address ESG concerns in Africa
    AICPA & CIMA, which together form the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, have announced the launch of a new educational certificate that provides foundational knowledge on critical topics related to ESG reporting, advisory, and assurance at their ESG: Implications on business and finance event in Cape Town on 17 January 2023. 18 Jan 2023 Read more

    CIMA to host its first ever council meeting in Africa
    The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) will hold its first 2023 council meeting on 18 and 19 January, in Cape Town, South Africa. This will also be the first time that Africa hosts the internationally attended meeting of CIMA's global governing body. 13 Jan 2023 Read more

    More companies obtaining independent assurance on sustainability data, according to global study by IFAC, AICPA and CIMA
  • 58% of global companies obtained ESG assurance in 2020
  • Assurance engagements were mostly limited in scope
  • 61% of ESG assurance services were performed by professional accounting firms, with substantial variation in practice within different jurisdictions 4 Aug 2022 Read more

  • AICPA & CIMA appoint Jeremy Osborn as global head of ESG
    The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association), representing the unified voice of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), has appointed Dr Jeremy Osborn, FCMA, CGMA, CPA (Aust.), to the newly created role of global head of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) matters. 13 Jul 2022 Read more

    IAA and CIMA join forces to elevate the skills of public sector professionals in Ghana
    The Internal Audit Agency (IAA), and The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the world's largest professional body of management accountants, have entered a two-year partnership to elevate the skills of public sector professionals in Ghana, with a particular focus on enterprise risk management and internal auditing. This partnership will enable public sector professionals in Ghana to access a myriad of resources including thought leadership reports, online courses, webinars, and conferences. 8 Jul 2022 Read more

    New CIMA president urges accounting profession to step forward and build trust, opportunity and prosperity
    First-ever Asian woman elected as CIMA president and co-chair of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants. 24 Jun 2022 Read more

    Finance professionals have a responsibility to drive trust in an ESG-driven business environment
    Finance professionals have a responsibility to support their organisations through the transition to sustainable business, said Paul Ash, FCMA, CGMA, CIMA president and chair of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association), representing the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and CIMA during a recent visit to South Africa. 23 Jun 2022 Read more

    Revised agreement provides shorter access to chartered accountants seeking dual-designation status with CIMA
    The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) have agreed to sign a revised agreement that will make it more accessible for members who wish to use both the chartered accountant (CA(SA)) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designations. 1 Jun 2022 Read more

    2022 startup accelerator broadens focus to accounting, ESG and regulatory tech
    Companies must apply for programme by 30 November 2021 16 Sep 2021 Read more

    The CGMA Finance Leadership Programme launched in South Africa to aspiring accounting and finance professionals
    Digital self-learning e-learning and assessment platform opened up for individual access and new pathway to Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation 15 Sep 2021 Read more

    Akademia wins CIMA Excellence Award
    The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) distinguishes Akademia for its outstanding contribution to the accounting profession 8 Feb 2021 Read more

    AICPA sets ESG roadmap for education, resources, guidance in 2021
    Ahead of IIRC and SASB conferences next week, the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association) shared its 2021 plans to deliver education and resources that assist accountants with reporting on and assurance of environmental, social and governance (ESG) information. These efforts reflect and further advance public accountants' (CPAs') and management accountants' (CGMAs') decades of work in helping organisations understand the value of ESG information to their businesses, and report on and communicate their commitment to the priorities, values and concerns of their growing and increasingly diversified stakeholders. 27 Nov 2020 Read more

    AICPA and CIMA appoints Tariro Mutizwa as new regional vice president for Africa
    The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association), the unified voice of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), have announced that Tariro Mutizwa will join the Association as Regional Vice President - Africa on 2 November 2020. 3 Nov 2020 Read more

    AICPA and CIMA launch CGMA Finance Leadership Programme
    • New e-learning and assessment platform provides alternative pathway to completing CIMA Professional Qualification
    • Meets accelerating demand for remote digital self-paced learning driven by the Covid-19 pandemic
     30 Oct 2020 Read more

    Fintech-focused startup accelerator seeks applicants for 2021 programme
    Initiative is led by the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants and CPA.com 17 Sep 2020 Read more

    CIMA elects new female chairperson of the Ghana CIMA branch
    The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), has recently announced that Stella Oye has been elected as the first female chairperson of its Ghana branch. 3 Sep 2020 Read more

    ACFE SA and CIMA to advance the future of business and finance through mutual recognition of designations
    The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, South Africa Chapter (ACFE SA) have announced the undertaking of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) whereby the respective designations of these bodies will be mutually recognised. 2 Sep 2020 Read more

    SAIBA and CIMA announce signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
    The South Africa Institute for Business Accountants (SAIBA) and The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) have announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to mutually recognise each body's accounting designations and work more closely to advance the accounting profession in South Africa. 16 Jul 2020 Read more

    Global accounting leaders call on profession to help address climate change
    According to the CEOs of leading accounting professional bodies, the world's accountants must put their skills to use to help businesses fight climate change. 25 Feb 2020 Read more

    Association of International Certified Professional Accountants creates new online Global Career Hub
    New website offers place where jobseekers can browse and apply for global positions while giving employers and recruiters access to a broader pool of top talent. 21 Feb 2020 Read more

    Start the new decade with CIMA
    Through the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, the unified voice of the American Institute of CPAs and The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, we are aiming to help you do just that. 5 Feb 2020 Read more

    CIMA refreshes its Code of Ethics to help finance professionals address ethical challenges of the 2020s
    The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) has updated its Code of Ethics. 5 Nov 2019 Read more

    Association of International Certified Professional Accountants comments on OECD digital economy tax proposal
    The Association has commented on the OECD's Programme of Work to Develop a Consensus Solution to the Tax Challenges Arising from the Digitalisation of the Economy. 5 Nov 2019 Read more

    Global startup accelerator programme for accounting profession seeks new applicants
    Initiative focuses on accounting and regulatory technology solutions 8 Oct 2019 Read more

    CGMA Africa Conference 2019 to explore the changing shape of the finance function
    Expert speakers from around the world will convene to explore how the expectations of the finance role have changed in the digital age. 10 Sep 2019 Read more

    The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants to remove exemption fees
    CIMA sets new sector standard to encourage accessibility and social mobility in efforts to help create a diverse, dynamic and future-ready accounting profession 5 Aug 2019 Read more

    Tax Indaba is back!
    The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) is pleased to announce it will participate at the Tax Indaba 2019 which takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, from 26-30 August. 30 Jul 2019 Read more

    CIMA signs membership pathway agreement with the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya
    The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) has signed a strategic Membership Pathway Agreement (MPA) with the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK). With this agreement members of ICPAK can gain the CIMA Professional Qualification and become a member of both CIMA and the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants - the unified voice of CIMA and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), which represents 657,000 members and students worldwide. 22 Jul 2019 Read more

    CIMA Africa announces 2nd CGMA Conference to take place in Cape Town
    Business leaders and accountants will gather to understand the opportunity digital disruption brings to the transformation of finance capabilities in Africa. 2 Jul 2019 Read more

    Amal Ratnayake FCMA, CGMA elected as 86th CIMA President
    Ratnayake also appointed to serve as Chairman of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants 14 Jun 2019 Read more

    Local management accountant at the top of the global game
    Devin Kruger was recently awarded joint first place in the International Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) examinations. This after writing a number of professional exams, over the past 16 months, to qualify as a professional Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). 7 Jun 2019 Read more

    CIMA announces new Africa regional vice president
    Tim Simba has been appointed the Regional Vice President (RVP) of CIMA Africa to lead its operations and advance the accounting profession on the continent. This announcement was made by The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association), the unified voice of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). 29 May 2019 Read more

    Automation - Opportunity or extinction for finance professionals?
    According to McKinsey Research, while few occupations are fully automatable, 60% of all occupations have at least 30 percent technically automatable activities. 40% of transactional accounting work is expected to be automated by 2020 and predicted to touch 230 million workers (9% of the global workforce). 28 May 2019 Read more

    New Chair of CIMA Western Cape elected
    The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) announced that Adrian Smith ACMA, CGMA, has been elected as Chair of the Western Cape Branch. 14 May 2019 Read more

    CIMA president, Steven Swientozielskyj, to attend 100-year birthday celebrations in Africa
    The world's largest management accounting professional body, The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), marks its centenary year with the Future of Finance initiative, to transform the role and function of finance. 12 Mar 2019 Read more

    Finance professionals have to tech-up within the next three years or it's game over - new report
    CIMA's updated Professional Qualification and CGMA Competency Framework addresses emerging digital skills gaps 13 Feb 2019 Read more

    CIMA global startup accelerator programme for accounting profession seeks new round of applicants
    The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (Association) and CPA.com are seeking candidates for their joint startup accelerator programme, designed to foster innovation in accounting and finance. 9 Oct 2018 Read more

    New guide highlights the impact management accountants have on business sustainability
    Management accountants play a critical role in helping to drive trust, opportunity, prosperity and ultimately creating a sustainable future for businesses and people. A new guide published by the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association), the unified voice of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), provides guidance to help management accountants and their organisations achieve the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 24 Aug 2018 Read more

    Announcement of the Association's new Africa Regional Board
    Following a call for nominations and elections for the first Africa Regional Board under the Association, Badibanga Promesse, Regional Vice-President, is pleased to announce that the following people have accepted their election and appointment to the new Africa Regional Board. 21 Jul 2017 Read more

    South African executives asked for input into new business models research
    The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association) is inviting business leaders, finance executives and academics across the region to share their thoughts and give feedback as part of its project to clarify the concept of business models. 20 Jul 2017 Read more