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Sri Lanka’s CIMA to help build global skills to find post-Covid digital careers

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Chartered Institute of Management Accountants said it is holding a virtual career festival to help young people and professionals get on a digital career path in a post-Coronavirus environment.

“The environment has dramatically changed since COVID-19 hit the world and has forced many companies to speed up their digital innovation and transformation,” CIMA Sri Lanka, Country Manager, Zahara Ansary said.

“Therefore, the youth and professionals of today need to build relevant skills to ensure their employability.”

The festival labelled ‘Hundred and 10 percent’ will start on September 13.

“Through this weeklong festival, we want to inspire the next generation of Sri Lankan professionals to go above and beyond in their careers,” Ansary said.

“This festival will fully utilize the power of the digital landscape, whilst providing a platform where industry leaders, both local and global, and individuals across the island can come together for an enriching learning experience.”

The virtual festival will have industry practitioners speaking on the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) Competency Framework, Technical Skills, Leadership Skills, People Skills, Business Skills, and Digital Skills.

“There is a huge opportunity for professionals in Sri Lanka with tackeling the pandemic properly and start serving the global market from Sri Lanka and going out from Sri Lanka,” CIMA member and CEO of Tresync said.

“But to serve these international markets you need people with the right skills. So how do we identify those people. It will be through career festivals of this nature.

“We want everyone to participate in this event not only CIMA members. Through this festival, we are not just going to just test the skills we have mentioned but we will help them to sharpen those skills as well.”

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The career fair will also have a Hackathon calling out individuals to register in a 24-hour competition where participants will be tested on their problem solving skills.

An Elevator Pitch will allow a selected number of entrepreneurs to pitch their product or business idea to a group of business leaders.

Ajit Gunewardene, Founder, CEO of Bluestone Capital Private Limited, Shiromal Cooray, Managing Director of Jetwing Travels (Private) Ltd, Venkkat Ramanan, Regional Vice President – Asia Pacific, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, Imran Furkhan, CEO -Tresync and Imani Perera, Head of Learning and Development – John Keells Holdings and Melanie Kanaka, Vice President of CIMA and Head of Finance &Administration, Sri Lanka and Maldives at World Bank will be at the fair. (Colombo/Sept03/2020)