CMA Sri Lanka empowers another batch of speech crafters

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Seated from left: Mahesh Deshapriya, Shanthi Maheswaran, Anil Indika, Chandana Samaraweera, Kosala Dissanayake, Gowri Shanker, Prof. Lakshman R. Watawala, Hennayake Bandara, Andradi, Kanishka Jayasinghe and Shemal Fernandopulle. Standing: CMA speech crafters, CMA Sri Lanka Toastmasters Club members and  CMA Sri Lanka Management representatives


The CMA Sri Lanka Toastmasters Club successfully conducted the sixth consecutive batch of speech crafters sponsored by the Institute of Certified Management Accountants of Sri Lanka. (CMA). Twenty three members, passed finalists and final year students attended the program over a period of 10 weeks.

CMA Sri Lanka, the national professional management accounting body in Sri Lanka, incorporated by an Act of Parliament is a member of the global accounting body International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), South Asian Federation of Accountants and the Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants.  

CMA has now made it mandatory for all students to follow the Toastmasters speech craft program to be self-confident, build leadership qualities and communication skills enabling them to excel in their work place. 

All those who have completed the CMA exam are gainfully employed in the private and public sector and on obtaining membership could use the designation ACMA for Associates and FCMA for Fellows. CMA are proud that a local professional qualification has now achieved international levels with the recognition received from IFAC, SAFA and CAPA a creditable performance for any local professional body.   

Prof. Lakshman R. Watawala together with Council Members of CMA have continued to display their commitment to enrich and enhance the knowledge and soft skill development of its’ members, passed finalists and final year students enabling them to develop their leadership skills and achieve career progression in the corporate world. 

The speech crafters were trained by Course Director Gowri Shanker. The performance displayed by the sixth batch of speech crafters showed tremendous progress and enthusiasm with speeches on ‘Wedding Ring’ and interesting vocal variety speeches on ‘Small Mistake’ and ‘One Nation One Country’. Excellent table topic speeches were delivered creating much interest and impression on the audience.  

The Final Award Ceremony of the sixth batch was successfully concluded at the CMA Auditorium on Tuesday, 10 April. Chief Guest Prof. Lakshman R. Watawala extended his congratulations to the participants for their amazing performance and requested them to join the CMA Sri Lanka Toastmaster Club. 

The certificates were presented by Prof. Watawala, CMA Sri Lanka Vice President Hennayake Bandara, CMA Sri Lanka CEO Kanishka Jayasinghe and CMA Consultant Kosala Dissanayake.  

CMA Sri Lanka Toastmasters Club President Chandana Samaraweera, Vice President Education Anil Indika and other Club members were also present. 

The next batch of the speech craft program will commence in May for members, passed finalists and final year students of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants following the footsteps of the successful batches of participants. All interested in participating are requested to contact the CMA office Shanthi on 0714705536 or email