GRC Event

IMA Saudi Arabia Western Province ChapterGathers
Talks Current Economic and Regulatory Affairs

Jeddah, KSA, January 25, 2017– Over 70 members and guests of IMA’s (Institute of Management Accountants) local chapter in the western province of Saudi Arabia gathered on Sunday, January 22, to talk about current economic conditions and new regulatory affair.

The sharp drop in the oil price has hit the Saudi economy hard. According to the results of the ACCA/IMA Global Economic Conditions Survey (GECS) for Q4 2016, the country’s economy is not at risk of a fiscal crisis, but fiscal policy will need to be tightened further in order to put its finances on a more sustainable footing.

On Sunday, IMA members and guests attended the event held at the Village Restaurant in Jeddah. Jason Mefford, president of Mefford Associates, talked about Governance, Risk Management and Compliance (GRC) as a means to protect companies and employees during difficult transition periods.

“Businesses fail due to noncompliance with strategic management. No matter how advanced and enormous the company is, there will always be weaknesses in the controls of set procedures. This is where management should consider adding controls to safeguard company assets,” explains Shoaib Malik, CMA, a board member of the IMA Saudi Arabia western province chapter.

Waleed Bamaraouf, the chapter’s past president discussed the role of GRC regulators such as the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI), Capital Market Authority (CMA) and the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) in monitoring compliance standards in the country.

In closing, the chapter’s new president Vijay Soni, CMA, announced that IMA is set to give scholarships to few outstanding students from universities in Jeddah. Due to the great turnout, the chapter’s board members also agreeed to hold more current affairs seminars and workshops in the next few months. Visit to learn more about the IMA Saudi Arabia Western Province Chapter.

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Building camaraderie among finance professionals. Members of the IMA Saudi Arabia Western Province Chapter pose during the chapter’s first event for 2017 on Sunday, January 22 in Jeddah, KSA.

Business continuity and resilience. Board members of the IMA Saudi Arabia Western Province Chapter with guest speakers during last Sunday’s event in in Jeddah, KSA.


Token of appreciation. Vijay Soni, new president of the IMA Saudi Arabia Western Province Chapter thanks guest speaker Jason Mefford, President, Mefford Associates, who talked about Governance, Risk Management and Compliance (GRC) during last Sunday’s event in Jeddah, KSA.

Mr Waleed and DrAmer Tarek supported the GRC and IMA topics. Mr Blaire Seaford, Kris and Noman spoke interesting topics in between. I’d like to express my appreciation to board members, MrSammak, Sherif Aryan, Essam, Shoaib, Devendra Singh and active audience from varied corporates who helped in arranging the event in a short notice with a valuable take away,  said Vijay Soni.