The Institute of Certified Investment and Financial Analysts (ICIFA) has launched a college to address the need for professional investment and finance education. The college targets students and practitioners who wish to gain professional investment and finance education qualifications.
The college currently located at the 5th Floor of KASNEB Towers 2 in Upper Hill, will offer training for the Certified Investment and Financial Analysts (CIFA), Certified Public Accountants (CPA) qualifications and other short courses aimed at advancing competence in investment decision making and provision of sound investment advice. Online training will also be offered.
This is a milestone for ICIFA which is the only professional body in Kenya mandated by the Investment and Financial Analysts Act to register and licence investment and financial professionals both in public and private sectors.
Mr Abubakar Hassan, Principal Secretary at the State Department for Investment Promotion, said the college will play an important role in honing the skills of investment and finance professionals in a rapidly changing business environment.
“This college is not just about academics,” said Mr Hassan, “It is about creating an environment that will nurture the holistic development of students and practitioners in the investment and finance industry. We shall work closely with ICIFA College as a training provider in the investment and finance profession to assist in the implementation of investment-specific training programs.”
The PS, who was the Chief Guest, said government is working closely with financial institutions, training providers, and other stakeholders in the investment industry to develop policies that facilitate investment training, talent retention, and investment attraction.
Ms Diana Muriuki-Maina, the ICIFA CEO, said the college would introduce short courses such as presentation and communication skills for investment and finance professionals, big data and data analytics, fintech, personal financial planning as well as finance for non-finance professionals.
Also they are looking at training in investment decision making for boards, investment performance monitoring, investment banking and transaction advisory training, investment and wealth management, climate finance, ESG for listed companies and risk management.