Registered under the Societies Act, ICSIA supports and advances the profession of financial analysts and investment management through:
- Developing a globally recognised certification programme for Securities and Investment Analyst (CSIA) designation
- Organising meetings and seminars on a regular basis to contribute to the professional development of its members
- Harmonisation of regional financial regulatory regimes
- Providing regional and global networking and placement opportunities for its members
- Developing standards of professional excellence and integrity for members
- Providing Leadership in advocacy for financial and investment sectors
- Enhance dialogue between key players in the financial markets
- Provide an environment for improved governance in financial markets
Role of developing a talent pipeline
ICSIA provides highly skilled professionals that are rated highly for their expertise in financial and capital market operations, financial analysis, investment and securities, retirement benefits and investment banking industries.
Membership and code of conduct
The Institute operates a code of conduct that regulates the behavior of its members. There are five categories of ICSIA membership:
- Student members
- Associate members
- Full members
- Honorary fellows
ICSIA professional memberships
- Association of Certified International Investment Analysts (ACIIA): The international umbrella organisation comprising national and regional associations of investment professionals that award the Certified International Investment Analysts (CIIAA) designations.
- Association of Professional Societies of East Africa (APSEA): APSEA enables ICSIA to undertake research and advocacy, and provides a wider forum to promote its interests.
Role in achievement of Vision 2030
ICSIA believes that investment in the ICT and telecommunications sectors will be among the keys to achieving the objectives in Kenya’s economic blue print, Vision 2030. The institute lauds the high-calibre of investment projects that have been conceptualised, and the on-going promotion and facilitative efforts by the government.
Financial sustainability in the face of the Euro crisis
ICSIA sees the Euro crisis leading to capital flight into Africa on unprecedented scale, as investors search for better returns. Consequently, capital markets in Africa must deepen their financial markets in readiness for this eventuality. The level of sophistication of financial markets must be addressed to factor in risk mitigation products, including derivatives, future and options platforms, as the ability to manage risk is important to investors. ICSIA is focused on developing and equipping students and professionals in financial sectors in Africa with the skill sets that will make them relevant in the emerging Africa.
Source: All Africa