Accountants’ role in protecting the planet at CAPA, CA Sri Lanka’s Assembly 

With climate change continuing to rage on, and humans identified as the biggest culprits behind this unprecedented global catastrophe, the crucial role accountants can play in protecting the planet, by promoting greener financing and sustainability was highlighted this week. 

The largest ever regional hybrid accounting assembly of the Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants (CAPA) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) hosted in Colombo, was ceremoniously inaugurated on Wednesday, 6 October 2021. 

The 20th CAPA Conference, which was hosted alongside CA Sri Lanka’s very own 42nd National Conference of Chartered Accountants revolving around the theme “Heritage – Many Businesses, One Planet” was inaugurated in the presence of a distinguished audience including International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) President Alan Johnson, and Prof. Mohan Munasinghe, 2021 Blue Planet Prize Laureate and Vice Chair of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, who shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. 

CAPA President Dr. Chen Yugui, and CAPA Chief Executive Brian Blood joined the event virtually, while CA Sri Lanka President Manil Jayesinghe, CA Sri Lanka Vice President Sanjaya Bandara, CAPA and National Conference Main Committee  Chairman Tishan Subasinghe, Conference Technical Committee Chairperson Anoji De Silva, and CA Sri Lanka CEO Dulani Fernando joined the event in Colombo. 

The CAPA Conference is a flagship regional event held every four years, whilst the National Conference of CA Sri Lanka is recognised as the biggest annual business summit held in Sri Lanka.