CAPA members, the Board and working committees normally meet in-person 2-3 times per year. However, due to uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions in international travel, it is anticipated that CAPA will continue to organise meetings and activities utilising digital technology and virtual platforms throughout most, if not all, of 2021.
The exact dates and timings of next meetings are discussed at the end of each (previous) meeting. The specific timing is dictated by a range of matters, including governance requirements or when approval, advice or input is required for ongoing initiatives, projects and publications.
As a general guide, we intend to host the following minimum number of virtual meetings, and approximate dates, for all of 2021:
General meetings: 2 i.e. the AGM (Jul) and EGM (Dec)
Committees – Governance & Audit: 2 (Apr and Oct), Member Development and Public Sector FM: 2 each (Feb and Oct)
Groups – Audit and Ethics: 2 each (Sep and Nov/Dec)
Plans are underway for CAPA to stage a series of webinars commencing from 2021. The webinar program is currently envisaged to cover five streams, namely: (1) Maturity ModelTM, (2) Accounting Technicians, (3) Improving PFM, (4) Audit and (5) Ethics.
Full meeting details will be updated on this website as soon as they are available.
This AT Roundtable 1 is the first of a ‘series of roundtables’, which will take place approximately every six to eight weeks until May 2022. These ‘Invite-only’ roundtables will systematically explore what is needed in reaching the goal of achieving AT recognition. In doing so, each roundtable will focus on one of these aspects:
a need to better define what an AT is (and therefore what an AT program looks like)
a need to ensure the role and benefits of an AT is recognised
a need to better position the AT qualification
a need to better understand what the future may look like for ATs
a need to understand the expectations of stakeholders
This first roundtable will aim to reach agreement on two aspects:
The overall goal and proposed program of Roundtables to reach the goal
Why there is currently limited or no general recognition of the AT designation
‘Achieving AT Recognition’ is an ambitious goal. The AT term or name has a level of general recognition (e.g. the term is used by IFAC) and by some PAOs and in some jurisdictions. Elsewhere, the type of accountant suggested under this term may be recognised by another term or name, and any related organisations that provide their studies or to which they belong, may encapsulate that name (e.g. book-keeper, administrator).
In comparison, ‘professional accountants’ arguably do have global recognition. These individuals have studied with, and may belong to, professional accountancy organisations (PAOs). Such accountants that offer services to the public tend to be regulated, and hence the public has a certain expectation of them.
Knowing what to expect of an AT is arguably less well understood.
ACTION: If you believe your PAO should be involved and able to contribute, please contact the CAPA Secretariat with the reasons for wanting to be involved and details of the appropriate contributor.