Jakarta: The lack of qualified professionals in Indonesia’s Islamic Finance sector has prompted the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) to launch their Islamic finance qualification program.
CIMA, along with the National Islamic Finance Committee Indonesia (NIFCI) and their respective partners such as Amanie Group and BNSP, held a conference for the launch of their Islamic finance qualification program in Indonesia this morning.
According to CIMA, their new Diploma in Islamic Finance, which is available online, will prove valuable to newcomers and professionals operating in a range of Industries.
“CIMA has been in Jakarta for the past 8-9 years. We see ourselves being firmly placed in Indonesia to support its national economic growth, specifically in the Islamic finance sector", said Venkkat Ramanan, CIMA's Regional Vice President - Asia Pacific, in Jakarta on Tuesday, September 17, 2019.
The conference highlights the importance of both the quality and quantity of human resources within the field of Islamic finance, especially in populous Indonesia that currently struggles with a lack of experts.
Sutan Emir Hidayat, Director of Islamic Finance Education and Research from NIFCI explains how Indonesia is a leading global force in the world Islamic economy and wants to see Indonesia rise to the top three in terms of financial literacy, resulting in the increased demand for qualified professionals much more prevalent.
"The vision of Indonesia in Islamic economy is to create an independent, prosperous and civilized Indonesia by becoming the center of the world's Islamic economy" he said.
The commissioner of BNSP Bonardo Aldo Tobing explains that besides a university diploma, certification within a specific field of Islamic finance will increase the competency and quality of human resources that work within cooperation's that handle such services which is lacking.
The Indonesia Sharia Fintech Association (AFSI) and their Vice Chairman Emil Dharma also spoke at the conference, highlighting the fact that in an increasingly digital world, the online qualification program is an accessible way for aspiring finance professionals to gain proper certification.
In convergence with the government initiated MEKSI, CIMA's initiative will contribute in the development of Islamic financial literacy in Indonesia as a whole.