ADFIAP participates in international symposium calling for integrity in banking profession

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On invitation by the Asian Institute of Finance (AIF), ADFIAP participated in the two-day international symposium on “Talent Development: The New Paradigm” held on April 7 to 8, 2011 at the Hilton Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The event was organized by the KL-based AIF with the objective of providing a platform for industry players and training providers in the financial services sector to remain focused and connected on emerging issues, particularly in talent development. This is underscored by the fact that Asia is the world’s fastest growing region and one of the biggest challenges the region faces is developing the right quality of human capital to keep pace with growth.

In his opening remarks, Malaysia’s Human Resources Minister S. Subramaniam stressed that integrity must be given priority in the financial services sector. He said: “What is most important is there must be a strong sense of ethics and morality by those people in this business.” Another distinguished speaker, the Chief Executive of the CIMB Group, Dato’ Sri Nazir Razak also shared the Housing Minister’s view and said: “Remember, (if you have) intelligence and energy but without integrity…you will be scariest person on earth….”

Bank Negara Governor Tan Sri Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz also gave a special address at the opening of the symposium and said: “In a fast changing and increasingly complex financial landscape, our workforce in the financial sector must not only rise above current challenges but be equipped to excel in the significantly changed environment.”

In her closing remarks, Ybhg. Tan Sri Zarinah Anwar, Chairman of the Securities Commission, said that investment in human capital will be required to build capacity to ensure lasting competitive strength and superior business performance. “Inevitably, companies that raise the right human capital strategies can grow their value by mitigating impending risks, capturing profitable opportunities and strengthen governance”, she concluded.

ADFIAP was represented by Mr. Alberto B. Reyno, Managing Principal of ADFIAP Consulting and Head of ADFIAP’s Institute of Development Finance (IDF). Mr. Reyno was a panelist on the topic, “Human Capital and Talent Development in the Financial Sector: The New Paradigm” where he discussed IDF’s experience in human capital development in the field of development banking, particularly ADFIAP’s Career Credentialing Program.

AIF was jointly established by Bank Negara Malaysia and the Securities Commission Malaysia in January 2009. Its vision is to be an institution of global excellence that delivers professional and advanced-level certification and qualifications in support of the advancement of the financial services industry. For more information on the above-mentioned symposium, please click on this link:

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