Nov 09 2011
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Islamic accounting standards in Kenya
"It's a question of expanding the knowledge and skills gap for accountants to appreciate Islamic finance processes because the accounting standards remain the same," said Caroline Kigen, CEO of ICPAK.
Kenya has experienced real growth in Islamic finance and questions are being raised on the availability of talent that understands Shari'ah compliant financial processes. Industry players have indicated that they find it a challenge to get qualified employees for senior management roles.
"We plan to have a deeper engagement with the Islamic finance companies so that we can identify where there are skills gaps for accountants and then help them to cover those gaps," said Kigen on the sidelines of a conference for accountants in Nairobi. She said the institute would also help in the development of the accounting guidelines that Islamic finance institutions must follow.
Last week a higher learning institute owned by the Central Bank of Kenya started to offer diploma level training in Islamic finance.
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