Successful shared services in Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan accounting and payroll organisation Infomate has set up the first rural BPO in the country, coupled with a successful CSR initiative. Insight editor Adrian Clifton spoke to the company’s CEO, Jehan Perinpanayagam FCMA, about how CIMA played a key role in this success. What CIMA skills have been key to setting up and growing the business? Infomate is a subsidiary of John Keells Holdings PLC (JKH), Sri Lanka’s largest listed conglomerate. We provide a range of accounting services to both JKH subsidiaries and third party clients in Sri Lanka and Europe. Being in the finance and accounting space, having the right supply of talent and skill sets is a key requirement. The CIMA syllabus covers every facet of business, from IT, management, law, sales and marketing, as well as management accounting. It provides a solid foundation for much of what you would encounter in an organisation. Getting through CIMA requires a good standard of English, lateral thinking and all round ability, and hence is instantly recognised as a certificate of worth. It is also well known in several key markets and by clients.