Finance is a field of business and its a great news for all the business and finance students that Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan organizes National Finance Olympiad every year. Like previous years, they also held a competition this year. And it was the grand finale of 5th National Financial Olympiad (NFO 2019) which took place on 19th December 2019 at Pearl Continental Hotel in Karachi.
National Finance Olympiad (NFO)
The National Finance Olympiad (NFO) is a platform for all the business and finance students of Pakistan. It is a unique and amazing initiative by Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) in collaboration with Unilever Pakistan to bring the talented professionals to the limelight.
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National Finance Olympiad ICAP
6 teams successfully made their place in the grand finale of National Finance Olympiad ICAP. The journey started with 51 teams. Out of them, only 18 teams were qualified for the Assessment & Simulation Round. While for the grand finale top 6 teams were selected.
Grand Finale of National Finance Olympiad 2019
The event formally started with a recitation of the Holy Quran, then opening remarks by Aly Yousaf (CFO of Uniliver Pakistan). After that, the teams were introduced and then the competition between the finalists officially kicked off. The competition of National Finance Olympiad 2019 was divided into two parts.
- Debate Round
- Buzzer Round
Welcoming the audience and participants, Mr Aly Yousaf (CFO of Uniliver Pakistan) stated,
“NFO 2019 has been a great success. Since its inception, the participating teams have shown exemplary performance and today we have here 6 final teams who stood out from the rest. I wish all the teams the best for this finale and would also like to congratulate ICAP for the success of NFO.”
While talking about the success of NFO, Mr Khalilullah Shaikh (President of ICAP) congratulated ICAP and Uniliver Pakistan, he said,
“With each passing year, the team has raised the benchmark for this event. I would like to congratulate the finalists of the grand finale who went through tough rounds to reach Finale. The competition is not about winning or losing, it’s about celebrating the talent of the industry. I believe this event also celebrates the role accountants are playing in this country.”
While talking about the event, Mr Khalid Rehman (Chairman of PAIB Committee ICAP) said,
“ICAP has put in a lot of effort in organizing this event which is happening for the 5th consecutive year. The Competition began in 2015 in collaboration with Unilever Pakistan. It gives us immense pleasure in hosting this event. This is the first time where a record of 51 teams participated in NFO. I congratulate all the teams who have made it to the finals and I wish them the best of luck for competing in this grand finale today.”
Now, it’s time for the winner announcement but before that, there was a segment “Mere Liye kya Hai” for the attendees of NFO 2019. In which host was asking questions and on the right answer he was distributing giveaway to the audience.
Well, it’s time for the winner announcement. The most crucial and thrilling moment of the event. So, the winner was team EY Ford Rhodes. Big shout out for the champions, because of all the way from Lahore, lots of efforts and hard work they won the title of National Finance Olympiad 2019.
Live Streaming of National Financial Olympiad
In case you missed the event and watch to catch highlights and glimpses from NFO 2019, then here you go.