Prof Janek Ratnatunga, CEO and Dr Chris D’Souza, COO/CFO met with the Committee of ICMA Indonesia Branch in Jakarta to discuss issues of Mutual Interest. The key issue of discussion was what benefits those living out of Jakarta can get out of their ICMA membership.
It was pointed out that in addition to the core befits that are listed on the CMA webpage (which are the same as any other professional body). In addition, 25% of all Indonesian member fees that are collected by ICMA Australia are sent back to the ICMA Indonesia Branch for branch member activities; such as running Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programs in leading edge topics and providing networking opportunities for members with management accounting academics and professionals around the world. The ICMA Indonesia Branch organised the IMAC symposiums in 2016 & 2017 in Jakarta and Malang with these funds.
However, Surabaya members and other non-Jakarta members see very little of any benefits from their membership fees – as the ICMA Indonesia Branch is perceived as being very Jakarta centric by CMAs living outside Jakarta.
Another issue discussed was that an AGM had not been held for 2 years, which is ultra-vires the Constitution.
The ICMA Indonesia Branch Committee agreed to hold an AGM by October, and agreed that the new committee should look at option as to how to make the Branch activities reach out to non-Jakarta members. ICMA Australia has a Strategic Alliance the local management accounting body, IAMI, and with Chartered Accounting bodies IAI Solo and IAI Malang. A suggestion was to do joint programs with these organisations.
Visit to Universitas Trisakti Indonesia.
Another Branch activity was a visit by Daniel Godwin Sihotang CA, CMA, CIBA, CBV to the international class of the Faculty of Economics and Business at the Universitas Trisakti Indonesia.
On September 2018, Pak Daniel, who is Head of Information and Communication at the ICMA Indonesia Branch, visited the International Class Trisakti University Business School to meet and share knowledge and experiences with the International Accountant Student Class. The topic “Lean Accounting in Industrial 4.0 Era” was presented, as were the benefits of obtaining global membership from CMA Australia. Thank you for Dr Yvonne Universitas Trisakti Indonesia for organising this event for the ICMA Indonesia Branch.