• IMA to host the premier event for accounting and finance professionals in the region
  • In partnership with Saudi Organization for Certified Public Accountants (SOCPA), this year's conference is titled "The Techno-Finance Era: Today's Driver of Change
  • The focus of the conference is how technology is changing the course and way of doing business around the world - and what we need to do to become innovators

Dubai, UAE; March 16, 2016

IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants), in collaboration with the Saudi Organization for Certified Public Accountants (SOCPA), is set to launch its 4th IMA Annual Middle East Techno-Finance Era conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on April 13-14.

In a time when companies struggle to keep pace with complexities and costs of daily technological changes, choosing the right technology is nothing short of a challenge. The world of finance is experiencing its very own technological boom where the course of doing business is changing rapidly.

"There is opportunity to learn from and connect with experts on a variety of topics, including leadership, enterprise risk management, corporate governance, cyber security, performance improvement, and more," says Benjamin R. Mulling, CMA, CPA. CITP, Chair of IMA.

For his part, Dr. Ahmed bin Abdullah Almeghames, Secretary General of SOCPA, said: "This event aims to highlight the important role played by the accounting and auditing profession in enhancing the fundamental elements of the economy and its institutions, in strengthening the role of the profession in controlling business activities of various kinds, and in providing adequate information that help managers and clients of those entities to make the right decisions and consequently ensure the continuation of good performance of such entities to achieve their objectives."

He added that the organization of this event comes within the ongoing cooperation between SOCPA and the IMA reflecting their intentness to firmly establish the best accounting practices, and to expand, achieve, and enrich discussions and exchange of experiences between those who are competent and interested in the accounting profession. He pointed out that the SOCPA already signed a MoU with the IMA which establishes closer cooperation in various professional areas, including conduct of technical research and holding joint professional activities. It comes as a recognition of the importance of developing joint cooperation for the betterment of the accounting and auditing profession.

The conference offers a host of solutions as well as an in-depth look at the different technological opportunities available for businesses. Tim Douglas, CMA, past president of the IMA Riyadh Chapter, will lead a session on how to pass the CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) exam, including sharing insights about exam preparation and test-taking strategies.

In addition to various keynote speakers from around the world, the conference will feature workshops with a chance to earn more than 10 CPE credits, an awards ceremony, a scholarship, and a competition. Exhibitors and sponsors range from software vendors and accounting systems to credit card companies, payroll and benefits administrations, and publishers.


About IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants)
IMA®, the association of accountants and financial professionals in business, is one of the largest and most respected associations focused exclusively on advancing the management accounting profession. Globally, IMA supports the profession through research, the CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) program, continuing education, networking, and advocacy of the highest ethical business practices. IMA has a global network of more than 80,000 members in 140 countries and 300 professional and student chapters. IMA provides localized services through its offices in Montvale, N.J., USA; Zurich, Switzerland; Dubai, UAE; and Beijing, China. For more information about IMA, please visit www.imanet.org.

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