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A delegation of the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Pakistan (ICMA Pakistan) led by the President Zia-ul-Mustafa, FCMA met with the Federal Minister of Economic Affairs Division Hammad Azhar.

Zia-ul-Mustafa, in this meeting shared with the Minister, the important role, ICMA Pakistan is playing in the country to create competent professional accountants with relevant skills to match the demands of the public and private sector.

The President of the Institute also shared with the minister, key steps taken by the Institute to bring reforms in governance framework of Pakistan. He suggested that professional accountants should be engaged through direct route to serve in Pakistan Accounts and Audit Services. He also mentioned that 'The steps taken by the Government for reforms in public sector are in the right direction, however, pace needs to be fast tracked to see positive outcomes.'

Federal Minister appreciated the efforts of the Institute in providing affordable and quality professional accounting education in Pakistan for decades and also offered his support in order to upscale the talent of the country.

He mentioned that 'ICMA Pakistan is playing a pivotal role in providing technical human resource to the country. We are in need of quality forensic auditing experts and ICMA Pakistan must include it as part of their learning outcomes. We recognize the steps taken by the Institute to improve governance and effectiveness of public sector organizations and we will make use of findings and suggestions as part of our reforms initiatives'

The delegation also included Muhammad Yasin, FCMA, Chairman Research and Publications Committee of ICMA Pakistan, Salman, FCMA - Vice Chairman Lahore Branch Council and Javaria Malik - Director Marketing and Corporate Communications of the Institute.-PR

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