Being one of the 217 chapters of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), the Cyprus Chapter of the ACFE is an antifraud organization that serves professionals, students and communities in Cyprus. The objective of the Cyprus Chapter of ACFE is to promote improved fraud detection and deterrence. This is achieved through enhancement of knowledge, promotion of networking opportunities and support for its members and the business, academic and government community.
CFA Society Cyprus is a local society of the CFA Institute, which is based in Virginia, USA. With more than 150,000 members worldwide, the CFA Institute offers the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation; the most respected and recognized professional qualification in the world of finance and investments, after a stringent examination process. The Society was founded in 2003 and currently numbers 181 members who have all acquired the CFA certification and represent all the major banks and investment firms in Cyprus. As Chartered Financial Analysts certified by the CFA Institute, they are best-trained at both a theoretical and practical level, for financial and investment analysis.
Cyprus Bar Association is the professional body of lawyers with over 4.000 members. It was established under the Advocates Law Chapter 2 in 1960 and it has been operating ever since. As the Regulatory Body and Supervising Authority, among of its powers is to maintain the honour and independence of the Bar and its defence in relation to the judiciary and executive, as well as regulate the practice and etiquette of the profession. As the competent authority for lawyers under Cyprus legislation in accordance with section 59(4) of the Prevention and Suppression of Money Laundering Activities Law of 2007 (L.188(I)/2007) as amended, it supervises and monitors the compliance of its members. The Cyprus Bar Association is a member of the Council of the European Bar Association (CCBE) and a member of the International Bar Association (IBA).
The Cyprus Fiduciary Association (CYFA), established in 2011, is the representative body of regulated Administrative Service Providers (ASP’s) in Cyprus. With a vision to assist in forming a solid international business sector in Cyprus operating on high professional standards, ethics and integrity, the Association aims to serve industry providers by promoting their interests, raising sector awareness, supporting their operations, contributing to new legislations and delivering valuable training to professionals. The Association’s commitment to its purpose has established it among the most reputable and recognised organisations within the country, before public and regulatory authorities, other associations, as well as the business community in Cyprus and overseas.
The Cyprus Institute of Internal Auditors was founded in 1998. Today it has more than 550 members and is governed by an elected Management Board of 10 members, which is supported by four sub-committees. The vision of the Cyprus Institute of Internal Auditors is to be the fundamental institution that represents, promotes and upgrades the Internal Audit profession in Cyprus. Its mission is the continuous promotion and recognition of the profession, as well as the enrichment of its members’ knowledge and skills by providing relevant educational and training courses.
The Cyprus Integrity Forum (CIF) was established in 2010, and is today the leading institution in Cyprus for the fight against corruption and promotion of transparency. It is an independent, non-governmental, non-politically partisan and non-profit organization. CIF collaborates with various organizations in Cyprus, in Europe and in the USA to effectively raise public awareness in all layers of society for combating corruption in our everyday lives, enhance the content and quality of public and corporate governance in all forms of business and ensure that the State and all Governmental Bodies act and behave in a manner that promotes transparency and ethics in all respects.
The Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) is the independent public supervisory Authority responsible for the supervision of the investment services market, transactions in transferable securities carried in and out of the Republic of Cyprus and the collective investment and asset management sector. It also supervises the firms offering administrative services which do not fall under the supervision of ICPA C and the Cyprus Bar Association. The mission of the CySEC is to exercise effective supervision to ensure investor protection and the healthy development of the securities market. The vision of the CySEC is to establish the Cyprus securities market as one of the safest, most reliable and attractive destinations for investment.
The Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPA C) is the relevant authority for the accountancy profession in Cyprus. Established in 1961, ICPA C currently has more than 4.300 professional accountants as members and another 4,000 students and graduates. Its principal objectives include the provision of an organisational framework for all professional accountants, the support and the promotion of the activities and interests of the accountancy profession, safeguarding the reputation of the profession and adherence to the Code of Ethics by all its members, as well as the continuous professional development and updating of members on issues relevant to accounting, auditing and other business matters. In addition to the above, ICPA C has been delegated the task to regulate the audit profession and is also a competent authority under the Anti-Money Laundering laws, the Laws on the regulation of enterprises providing administrative services and the Insolvency Practitioners Law. The Institute is a key stakeholder in the economy of the country, playing a vital role to establish and maintain Cyprus as an international business centre of repute. It provides assistance to the Government and its departments, as well as cooperates harmoniously with other bodies in the private sector. Furthermore, ICPA C cooperates via a network of international accountancy and other professional
ISACA Cyprus Chapter, the locally established chapter of ISACA International, is an independent non-profit organisation and its purpose is to help business technology professionals and their enterprises realize the positive potential of technology. Today, ISACA international serves 145,000 professionals in 180 countries, who covers a variety of professional IT-related positions, information systems or IT auditors, internal auditors, governance, security and risk professionals, consultants, educators, and C-suite executives. We serve professionals in nearly every industry. ISACA engages in the development, adoption and use of globally accepted, industry leading knowledge and practices for information systems and in the provision of the professional qualifications CISA®, CRISC®, CISM®, CGEIT®, CSX-P™ and CDPSE™.