ICPAK Kenya recently held its sixth C-suite seminar in Rome-Italy in a successful three day event packed with activities. The event started on the29th of October till the 1st of November 2019 and focused on ‘Institutional Sustainability’ as the main theme. The Seminar that is believed to have set the ground for good things to come attracted close to 80 participants all ICPAK members drawn from all sectors Including Banking, Insurance, Manufacturing, Building and construction among others. The meeting was also attended by government officers from different ministries. The team was lead by ICPAK Vice chairman George Mokua and Council Member Risper Olique Gangla.
What was meant to be an ordinary seminar turned into a mission to enhance Kenya-Italian business relations with the vice chairman promising to take steps to cement the relationship by making a return trip to explore possibilities of establishing partnerships with various Italian businesses to take advantage of Italy’s unique SME model that has earned it a place as one of the world’s most industrialised nation. Italy is known to be the 2nd most industrialised nation in Europe and 5th in the world.
“ICPAK is keen to partner with Italy in areas of technological transfer and joint ventures that will enhance capacity building in Kenya” said Vice Chairman George Mokua in his opening statement as he welcomed the speakers and other delegates at the beginning of the seminar.
The Kenyan Ambassador to Italy H.E. Jackline Yonga congratulated ICPAK members for the bold step and asked them to continue in the trend as Kenya was regarded highly as a business partner and that they needed to take advantage and enhance the value by forging relationships with Italian companies. She said that her office was open to receive and give all the necessary support to ICPAK in its endeavour to heighten it’s accountability standards.
The speakers included CPA Antony Njiru, CFO, Royal Business School and CPA Michael ingutia, CFO, KCA University both from Kenya and Ms. Giusy Cannone, CEO, Fashion Technology Accelerator, Mr. Benjamin Radomski, CEO Business e Via Italy, Mr. Antonio Raimondi CEO, Genius Loci, Mr Francesco Mangiameli, a corporate tax consultant with a private firm in Milan and Advocate David Ottolengi all from Italy. CPA Michael Ingutia in highlighting the ‘take home’, said that it was clear that Italy and Kenya had every reason to partner for the betterment of the two economies and that Kenya had a strong SME base that could be a huge resource if it was structured using the Italian model and that this would be a great reason for seeking partnerships with Italy. He said the Italian technology remained to be archetypal and its commitment to R&D exemplary.
The ICPAK chairlady Rose Mwaura was unable to join the delegates but sent a great speech that was read by Council Member Risper Olique Gangla. In her speech she reiterated the need for ICPAK to stay focused in its role as an overseer . She thanked all the participants for their commitment to the institute and urged them to continue their support for the institution.