To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Chinese CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) exam, IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants) recently hosted a Management Accounting Summit in Beijing, China. Attending on behalf of IMA leadership were IMA Chair Alex Eng, CMA, CPA, Esq.; Doreen Remmen, CMA, CSCA, CAE; Dennis Whitney, CMA, CFM, CAE; Jim Gurowka, CAE; and Alan Bai, CMA, IMA’s director of the Asia Pacific region and chief representative in China, who also used this opportunity to meet with partners, chapters, and IMA staff in the region.

The summit, held in December and which attracted more than 400 finance and accounting executives from across China, focused on key topics in management accounting, including challenges and opportunities faced by the profession in the midst of artificial intelligence and Big Data.

Eng served as the keynote speaker for the event, focusing his remarks on the topic of the future of management accounting and artificial intelligence. Eng noted how artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies will free people from repetitive mechanical work to complete more creative, challenging, and strategic work.

IMA Chair Alex Eng delivers keynote address at Beijing summit.
IMA Chair Alex Eng delivers keynote address at Beijing summit.

Other speakers, including Gurowka, IMA senior vice president of international business development, noted the impressive growth of the CMA program in China. Gurowka reported that by the end of November 2017, the number of CMAs and CMA candidates in China had exceeded 10,000 and 25,000, respectively; the number of CMA candidates and CMAs around the world totaled about 75,000.

During her presentation, Remmen, IMA’s senior vice president of operations and CFO, shared her own experience of becoming a CMA. She told attendees, “The CMA is not only a tool to improve an individual’s level of expertise and achieve personal dreams, but it also provides a platform to become a thought leader in the field and contribute to your organization as well as society.”

Other speakers at the summit included professional and educational leaders from across China. During the summit, IMA also recognized enterprises and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to promoting management accounting practices, as well as the winners of the first IMA Management Accounting Case Writing Contest.

In presenting the awards, Eng congratulated the winners, noting the growth of CMA certification in China and around the world. Said Eng, “The increase in the number of CMA certification holders, candidates, and exam centers demonstrates how the global influence of our certification is becoming stronger and stronger.”

Following the summit, Remmen, along with Whitney, met with several IMA partners in China. They also spent time with staff at the Beijing office, providing them with annual ethics compliance training. In addition, both Remmen and Whitney addressed a “Train the Trainers” gathering of CMA course provider trainers.

Doreen Remmen and Dennis Whitney meet with chapter leaders in China.
Doreen Remmen and Dennis Whitney meet with chapter leaders in China.

“I greatly appreciated the opportunity to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our Chinese CMA exam,” said Remmen. “I especially want to thank everyone who attended the summit, as we believe that events such as this provide a wonderful platform for the exchange of ideas among China’s accounting professionals. I also enjoyed the chance to meet with our partners and staff in the region, to see first-hand the work they do to help advance IMA’s mission and goals.”

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