Demand for forensic accounting on the rise in Sri Lanka

ECONOMYNEXT – The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) said it had launched a certificate course in forensic accounting to meet increasing demand for the skills amid a rising incidence of fraud in the island.

The course was launched “to inculcate chartered accountants with important knowledge and skills in this specialised field in a fresh effort aimed at combating increasing fraud in the country,” it said in a statement.

President of CA Sri Lanka Lasantha Wickremasinghe said that amid increasing fraud and corruption, the institute has taken steps to ensure that public expectations are met with the launch of this specialised course.

“Through this course, I believe we meet an important objective in ensuring public expectations are met,” he said.

Wickremasinghe noted that the success of the profession depend on the respect that chartered accountants continue to have from the business community, the government as well as society.

“Therefore, as an important stakeholder and members who are known as ‘gatekeepers’ – we have an important role to play in assisting the government, the public and the business community to prevent fraud and corruption,” he said.

Wickremasinghe also encouraged more chartered accountants to follow the certificate course, as it will educate them in an important and relevant area.

The skill will not only enhance their professional standing, but will also bring them greater professional success, as they will be in continuous demand across both the public and private sectors, locally and overseas, he said.
(COLOMBO, May 17 2016)

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