EY Iraq to collaborate with training institute Morgan International

04 October 2018 Consultancy-me.com

The Iraq branch of professional services firm Ernst & Young has entered into a collaboration with accounting and audit certification provider Morgan International to enhance the availability of high-level professional qualifications in the country.

As part of the global accounting and consulting firm’s Middle East and North African practice, which boasts a headcount of 6,000 professional operating from 20 offices across 15 countries in the region, the Iraqi branch of Ernst & Young was first established in Baghdad nearly a century ago in 1923 – claimed by the firm to be the oldest and largest audit and business advisory in the country.

With around 80 employees of its own, augmented by the 350 or so available professionals from EY’s branch in neighbouring Jordan, EY in Iraq has set out to further build local capacity through a collaboration with Lebanon-based professional development and training institute Morgan International – a leading provider of certified accounting and auditor training programmes in the Middle East.EY in Iraq to collaborate with accouting educational institute Morgan InternationalAccording to Morgan International, the agency has now trained more than 80,000 students worldwide since its founding in Beirut in the mid-nineties, growing since then to now deliver professional certification and diploma programmes from offices in 32 locations across the globe, with a focus on the finance, accountancy, human resources, marketing and logistics sectors.

In addition to a range of digital marketing, sales and analytics courses among others, Morgan International’s primary provisions are in Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) programmes – which with announced EY collaboration will now be more widely available to ambitious industry professionals in Iraq.

With a boost to the skill-set and qualifications of its local professionals, it’s expected that EY will be able to further enhance its capacity to deliver specialist services in business assurance and advisory, business risk, transactions advisory and the tax segment during a period of rebuilding in the country, for clients within the public and private domain including those operating in the in the finance and oil & gas sectors.

According to EY Iraq, which is led by EY Jordan, Iraq & Syria managing partner Bishr Baker, the Big Four firm is the leading professional services provider to the Iraqi government of its type, having been engaged extensively by numerous state entities including the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of Iraq, and the Ministries of Oil, Water Resources, and Housing.

PwC partners with the Project Management Institute's Saudi chapter

21 March 2019 Consultancy-me.com

Professional services firm PwC has signed a three-year partnership agreement with the Saudi Arabian branch of the Project Management Institute.

Following up from its recent deal with the Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies, the Middle Eastern arm of global professional services giant PwC has signed another agreement – this time with the Saudi chapter of the Project Management Institute: PMI-KSA. The three year collaboration will seek to promote and advance the project management profession in the Kingdom.

Counting some 500,000-plus members worldwide, the Project Management Institute (PMI) is a non-profit industry association for project management professionals, providing advocacy, research, education and the most widely accepted certification for more than 2.9 million professionals worldwide. Among 300 international chapters in 80 countries, PMI’s Saudi branch is one of the largest in the Middle East.

“PMI-KSA is pleased to sign this strategic MoU with a prestigious company like PwC to promote the project management profession,” said PMI-KSA President, Nabilah Al-Tunisi, who is the chief engineer for Saudi Aramco. “We aspire through this MoU and other PMI-KSA programmes to further expand the membership and awareness of the project management profession.”PwC partners with the Project Management Institute's Saudi chapterAccording to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by PwC and PMI-KSA, the two organisations will form a partnership of “community, knowledge, technical and cultural advisory” in a number of key areas to develop the strength of the profession in the Kingdom – including collaboration on “standards, educational institutions, events and special interests”.

In a press joint statement, PwC and PMI-KSI outlined a number of objectives, including; to support and encourage the adoption of PMI standards and increase their use for KSA’s Mega Initiatives; to increase the competency of local project managers through accredited training courses; and to share and leverage knowledge gained through publications, site visits and events.”

“For decades, we have been known for our practice to help our clients with their projects from strategy through execution; as well as supporting them in realising and reaping the benefits of each phase,” said PwC Saudi Arabia Country Senior Leader Riyadh Al Najjar. “It is in our heritage of creating trust and providing advice to help public and private organisations be successful.”

Al Najjar continued: “This partnership is another restatement to this effort, only cementing our mission; and we hope that together with PMI-KSA we can continue to support our clients in the best way possible and equip our people to become the leaders of tomorrow.  Together, we can bring forth the best of our combined knowledge and experiences and make an impact in the future of project management in the Kingdom.”