Presentation of ICMCI and the ISO 20700

The development of all sectors of the economy, as well as the progress of institutions, can be easily achieved if businesses and other organizations have the assistance and support of certified business consultants who need to prove the highest criteria of expertise, high standards of education, competence and professionalism for obtaining certificates, it is concluded in Belgrade at the presentation of the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI) and ISO 20700, on 21. Jun 2019 at the the Association of Management Consultants of Serbia (UPKS) www.upks.org.rs.

UKPS organized the event on the occasion of the onsite assessment of UKPS for Full Membership to ICMCI. The key speaker was Mr. Louis M. Loizou, CMC,  Chair of QAC who was the Lead Assessor for the assessment. The meeting was attended by over fifty persons, including Government of Serbia officials, the local EBRD office Manager, Chamber of Commerce Officials, business people and members.
In his well-received presentation the Chair of QAC has emphasized the importance of the CMC designation, and the extraordinary contribution of management consulting to the economies around the world. 

ICMCI, brand name CMC Global is continuously working on the advancement of standards on management consulting. Our foundational designation, Certified Management Consultant, CMC has, is and will be our top objective internally. Furthermore, CMC Global is actively participating in the development of European and International standards directly related to Management Consulting Services. I can say today a CMC is qualified to contribute significantly to the development of industries, corporations, and economies in many countries", Mr. Loizou said.
As part of the process of advancement of consultants and consulting firms in Serbia, the ISO 20700 was presented, which was developed as a guideline for individuals or organizations for efficient managing of management consulting services. This standard was first published in 2017 and developed by the ISO Project Board ISO / PC 280.
Aleksandra Hristov, the president of the Board of the Association of Management Consultants of Serbia, (UPKS) said that since its establishment, the Association has been working to establish the highest standards of the profession, firmly believing that only in this way the desired results for the clients could be achieved.
"The CMC certificate, for which a serious assessment is required, where number of documented evidence about the way how business consultant is working is needed truly guarantees to the client that he has engaged an expert who can significantly improve his business, his organization, or his institution", said Aleksandra Hristov.
She added that the Association of Management Consultants of Serbia (UPKS) insists on ethical rules, which are also part of the certification process. "Companies, organizations and institutions in our country can count on our work to fulfill all the requirements imposed on business consultants, while respecting the consulting standards applied in the most developed countries of the world", said Hristov.

UPKS organized this event in cooperation with weekly newspaper Novi Magazin www.novimagazin.rs
The presentation, attended by members of the Association of Management Consultants of Serbia (UPKS), potential members and by representatives of the Ministry of Economy of Serbia, the, Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy of Serbia, Serbian Chamber of Commerce, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Development Agency of Serbia (RAS). 
On this occasion UPKS invited domestic qualified consultants to join the Association and participate in the training and consulting competencies development in order to enter the CMC certification process.

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