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ICIFA College Launch

12 July 2023  

ICIFA launches premiere college for professional investment and finance education

Nairobi, June 2023…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 available at college.icifa.co.ke.

This is a milestone for ICIFA which is the only professional body in Kenya mandated by the Investment and Financial Analysts Act, No. 13 of 2015 (IFA Act) to register and licence investment and financial professionals both in public and private sectors.

FA Abubakar Hassan, Principal Secretary at the State Department for Investment Promotion, said the college will play an important role in horning the skills of investment and finance professionals in a rapidly changing business environment.

“This college is not just about academics; it is about creating an environment that will nurture the holistic development of students and practitioners in the investment and finance industry. We shall therefore 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 tailored to meet the needs of the investment sector,” he said.

The PS, who was the Chief Guest during the launch of the college said the Government was working closely with financial institutions, training institutions, training providers, and other stakeholders in the investment industry to develop policies that facilitate investment training, talent retention, and investment attraction in the sector.

He said the State Department for Investment Promotion was legally mandated to establish and implement policies that promote, attract, develop, and retain both domestic and international direct investments, as well as providing an enabling business environment for investors to do business.

The department, he noted, will play an important role in creating an enabling environment for investment training and development by identifying bankable projects, investment opportunities, promoting the investment sector, fostering collaborations, and advocating for favorable policies.

FA Diana Muriuki-Maina, the ICIFA CEO said the college would soon introduce short courses such as presentation and communication skills for investment and finance professionals, big data and data analytics, fintech, personal financial planning, finance for non-finance professionals, 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.