International Compliance Association Signs New Partnership with Rwanda Finance Limited to Offer ICA Education in Rwanda

ICA’s qualifications will be available to the entire ecosystem of companies and professionals in the Kigali International Financial Centre   

19 October 2020 – The International Compliance Association (ICA), the leading professional body for the global regulatory and financial crime compliance community, has entered into a partnership with Rwanda Finance Limited (RFL), a new government agency which aims to develop Rwanda as a business and financial centre of excellence, to provide ICA education in the country.

As part of its mandate to develop and promote the Kigali International Financial Centre (KIFC), a financial hub designed to foster cross-border trade and investments in the Eastern and Central African region, Rwanda Finance Limited will facilitate the extension of ICA’s qualifications to the entire ecosystem of companies in Rwanda, in line with its efforts to raise compliance standards and promote good conduct and global best practice.

ICA’s globally recognised programmes in anti money laundering, governance, risk and compliance, financial crime prevention, and customer due diligence will appeal to a spectrum of institutions and professionals from the public and private sectors including banking, funds and investment management, capital markets, real estate, trustees and corporate service providers, mining, betting and gaming, law enforcement agencies and non-profit organisations.

This unique partnership includes a 40% discount on the cost of enrolling for an ICA Certificate course and up to 60% off standard ICA membership costs. ICA membership demonstrates a commitment to the highest standards, enhancing a compliance professional’s credibility and providing resources to help them manage their ongoing career.

ICA President Bill Howarth commented: ‘I welcome the partnership between ICA and Rwanda Finance Limited to promote ICA education in the region, especially at a time when it has never been more important for companies and organisations to have robust compliance programmes, systems and controls. Over the last 20 years, ICA has trained over 150,000 professionals across the world, helping them to excel in their role , and equipping them with the knowledge and skills they need to mitigate and detect risk more effectively at their firm. I look forward to a successful, long term collaboration with our new partner in Rwanda, promoting regulatory and compliance excellence in vital sectors for the economy.’


Rwanda Finance Limited’s CEO Nick Barigye noted: ‘We are pleased to partner with ICA on this initiative as we seek to strengthen existing efforts the country has made in promoting and developing a safe and compliant business environment. This partnership will provide financial professionals, law enforcement agencies, and anyone interested, the opportunity to access professional training in financial compliance, governance, and risk management at an affordable price.


‘It will also enable them to access a library of information on these key topics and be part of a community of like-minded professionals to share insights and ideas on international best practices. The courses and programmes offered have been customised to the local context further building on relevance and applicability. We also aim to invite other professionals in the region and in Africa to join us in this journey to build a larger compliance business environment. We look forward to further collaboration with ICA on this and equally look ahead to a successful partnership.”


ICA qualifications are awarded in association with Alliance Manchester Business School, the University of Manchester.  


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