CA magazine: September 2020
As rapidly as things are changing at present, it’s reassuring to see that recent developments are largely those of progress. We’ve all demonstrated great versatility in adapting to living and working against the backdrop of coronavirus.
Whether it’s upgrading our makeshift home offices for a few more months of occupation or planning staycations, some sense of normality has been found.
Despite our efforts to keep business running smoothly, the pandemic has pushed the global economy into recession. Facing this new set of challenges with tenacity and a proactive spirit will be key to boosting our recovery. It’s a topic that this issue of CA magazine delves into deeply. Experts and professionals from a variety of sectors have generously shared their advice for getting businesses and the economy more widely back on track.
In particular, it was heartening to hear from CAs living and working in countries at the forefront of the Covid-19 timeline (page 18). The shared message that comes from those colleagues in Australia, Japan, New Zealand and Taiwan is that our hard work will ultimately pay off. Our lives may continue to change, in some areas unrecognisably, but the diligence of professionals will help to minimise the disruption felt at the surface. We do not need to face the future with fear.
This article is also a reflection of how ICAS is a truly global organisation. Nearly 3,000 of our members live and work outside of the UK. It’s something we take great pride in showcasing in these pages. The message is that wherever you are in the world, and whatever circumstances you may find yourself in, you’re not too far from a fellow CA.
As we navigate these unprecedented times, I encourage you to get in contact with your nearest ICAS area network. Across 13 countries and territories, in addition to the UK, we have 25 committee chairs who will be able to put you in touch with your local colleagues and advise on dealing with Covid-19 in your country. Each area network has a discussion forum on our online platform CA Connect, so help and support is truly only a few clicks away.
Keep in touch, do stay safe, and I hope this month’s edition of CA provides you with inspiration for the months ahead.