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CIMA President joins CIMA Africa centenary celebrations

CIMA President joins CIMA Africa centenary celebrations By Dr Sara Bux – CIMA Africa Regional VP. On 8 March 2019, CIMA celebrated its 100th birthday. Founded in 1919 as the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants, it was created to ensure accounting better served the needs of business, and since then CIMA members have been at the heart of transforming organisations, communities and economies.

A recent London Business School Review article described how in the mid-1920s, "leading" companies had an average life span of 90 years; today it is a mere 17 years. So to make it to 100 years is a huge achievement, especially if we consider how much changes the world has undergone within that period of time.

Technological advances are continuing to accelerate the pace of change, causing disruption in every industry. Businesses are increasingly seeking finance professionals who have a digital mindset and an extensive skillset that now includes critical thinking, decision making and influencing skills.

Our centenary year sees us celebrate our past and fully embrace the future. As a part of the celebrations, CIMA President, Steve Swientozielskyj, FCMA, CGMA embarked on a southern Africa tour, visiting key stakeholders and external partners where he discussed the  future of finance and how CIMA plans on equipping finance professionals in Africa with the skills needed to become influential leaders. 

His first stop of the Centenary celebration tour was in Botswana, where he met with Botswana First Lady, Neo Masisi, ACMA, CGMA, for an engaging dialogue. During his visit, he reflected on how CIMA is planning to build on the past 100 years of heritage and its future of finance research, preparing finance professional for the modern world of finance and business; and reaffirmed CIMA's ongoing commitment to ensure students and members remain competent, employable and in demand. He also attended the “Future of finance in a digital world” CPD event, where he shared insights on the skills finance professionals will need to succeed in the future. 

Steve Swientozielskyj, FCMA, CGMA attended a CPD event at Avani Hotel with CIMA Acting Regional Vice President Dr. Sara Bux, Botswana Country head Letus Chinyepi and the Branch Chairman and Regional Advisory Panel member, Geoffrey Jjuko.

The president also visited Zambia and South Africa. His trip to South Africa included insightful roundtables with academics and employers , during which he outlined CIMA’s initiatives and insights into the future of finance and how the finance function of the future will enforce workforce capability of 2020 and beyond. 

Steve Swientozielskyj, FCMA, CGMA and CIMA Zambia Country Manager Gordian Bowa. 

If you want to find more about CIMA’s history, don’t miss out our new official history book covering CIMA’s successful evolution and growth over the last 100 years – take look and see how the profession has evolved from serving industrialists, to a modern diverse and global profession driving transformation across our digital world.