Commentaries on relevant economic issues pertaining to the region
Another quarter in our rear view mirror upto September 2017 passes us and we have an opportunity to look at the ACCA and IMA
Global Conditions Survey GECS for the Q2 of 2017. I have tried to tease out from this the MENASA indicators and cross narrated them with reports from IMF and the WB in the commentary “what’s in the atmosphere for CFOs….”
We also have a commentary around the leadership challenges in Sri Lanka from our own ACCA member Suren Rajakarier FCCA, Vice Chair of the MNP in SL. For more around leadership do read the
Changing Role of the CFO.
As 21st century accountants we continue to be pushing the technology envelope and we have a piece written in this issue by our own Umar Farooq a finalist working at Pak Arab Fertilizer with a keen interest in harnessing technology. Again you can satisfy your deeper diving demands at ACCA’s
Lastly we have a honorary guest writer in this issue Ommara Raza Ali who is a consultant with deep knowledge of the microfinance industry. Ommara writes about women’s financial inclusion, an imperative in MENASA where we lag behind in women’s participation in our economies. For more on ACCA and gender visit
women in finance.
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Featured below are brief commentaries on current topics impacting finance professionals in the region:
Leadership Challenges in Sri Lanka
by Suren Rajakarier FCCA
Leadership challenges are different in a country like Sri Lanka which is undergoing changes in overall governance while also trying to improve respect for laws and regulations and curb bribery and corruption. Finance professionals in leadership positions or in finance lead positions are affected by such changes.
Techno- accountants: a modern accountant’s response to technology
by Mohd Umair
A traditional accounting and finance profession in general has been positively affected by the advancements of technology where the concepts of Business Process Automation & Outsourcing, Shared Services, Enterprise Resource Planning, Big Data analytics have been introduced.
Microfinance in Pakistan: a need for inclusion of women
by Ommara Raza Ali
There is a need to establish frameworks that can help women gain credibility to obtain loans on their own. This can include financial education, creating strong backward and forward linkages for women led/run businesses and associations within the industry.