CAPA and COVID-19

Published date: March 18, 2020

In recent weeks and days, CAPA have been proactively dealing with the unfolding of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation nationally, regionally and globally. The health and wellness of our staff, volunteers and other stakeholders has and remains the priority. We have also considered ways in which we can support our members during this difficult period. Key actions that have occurred to date are as follows.

CAPA Meetings and Related Events

We postponed in-person meetings and related events (Committees, Board and Members meetings) originally to be held in Cambodia and Mongolia in April and May respectively. We thank the hosts in these two countries for working with us in recent weeks. The in-person meetings will be replaced with e-meetings where feasible, and arrangements have already commenced.

CAPA will continue to monitor and assess the situation in order to take decisions for meetings scheduled in the second half of the year.

Secretariat Office Closure

On late 16 March 2020, the Government of Malaysia announced the implementation of the ‘Movement Control Order’ nationwide effective 18-31 March 2020. Accordingly, the CAPA office in Malaysia is closed from 18-31 March 2020, and office staff are working from home. During this period, the Secretariat will be contactable via email and online conference platforms.

We were prepared for this eventuality, and at this stage we are not anticipating any challenges in maintaining our on-going work activities. We will similarly react to any further developments beyond the end of March.

Supporting PAOs and their Members

A number of professional accountancy organisations (PAOs) are issuing guidance to their members, particularly, outlining what organisations and businesses need to do at this time, and how their members can assist. CAPA is accumulating and sharing such information between our members. We would be delighted to receive any such material from members which will also be maintained on our website.