Issue no. 549 (26 June 2015)
 
  Dear members/member practices,  
     
 
 
 
BCGD Awards 2015 invite entries

The Best Corporate Governance Disclosure Awards 2015 is now accepting entries. This year, the awards will focus on companies' efforts in preparing for the new regulations on internal controls, risk management and ESG reporting. A media briefing was held today to announce the awards details. Click here for press releases and entry form.


Mutual recognition agreement with CPA Australia

The Institute’s mutual recognition agreement with CPA Australia has been renewed with effect from 1 July 2015 on new terms that CPA Australia members must pass the QP final examination to obtain the Institute membership. Transitional arrangement for CPA Australia members covered by the 2010 agreement is in place. Click to see details and FAQs.


Last call
Enrol by 30 July to enjoy the early bird discount for the IFRS Conference on 12-13 Oct. jointly organized by the Institute and the IFRS Foundation.

Young members should come to the youth forum on 4 July about overcoming challenges and preparing themselves to become future leaders.


Insolvency Preparatory II

The Insolvency Preparatory II, starting on 25 July, provides an in-depth, practical and integrated study of financial, management, legal and accounting aspects of insolvency administration. Enrol now to broaden your skill-set.

 
President's letter: new professional development initiatives and fee rebate

In response to the recent membership survey in which many members attached significant importance to professional development, the Institute is introducing several initiatives to support and sustain your career advancement. These include the Financial Controllership programme, Current Affairs Series of seminars, Business Leaders Series of seminars and fee rebate for you to invest back in professional development. Click to see the president's letter.


IASB Chairman's updates

In the new Thought Leadership column of the refreshed A Plus, Hans Hoogervorst gives an overview to our readers about the IFRS's journey up to now as he looks forward to the high-level joint conference organized by the Institute and the IFRS Foundation in October.


How to engage your team

As our annual membership survey shows that retaining quality staff is among the top issues in the workplace, another new A Plus column "How to…" gets some fresh advice from recruitment expert on how team leaders can maintain motivation in office.


Meeting business partners – When a CFO meets an i-banker

At the meeting business partners gathering on 14 July, speakers from CT Environmental Group and BOCI Asia will share their IPO experience from the perspective of a CFO and an investment banker and how they work together to ensure successful listing. The talk will be followed by networking drinks.


Financial statement analysis for listed entities

The seminar on 27 July will offer techniques in analysing listed entity financial statements by applying the new IFRS and HKFRS, and explain how to use the analysis for investment purpose. +


Technology trends and implications to finance and accounting

Come to the seminar on 29 July to learn more about the latest emerging technology trends and their implications to finance and accounting, and how companies should address technology challenges and adjust investment priority. +


Reminders
What are potential dangers in the cyber world and how to safeguard against cyber criminals and hackers? Join the Information Technology Interest Group seminar on 16 July to learn more.

The Financial Services Interest Group seminar on 9 July will talk about the latest global development of exchange traded funds.

How to smartly manage social media and seize opportunities in the rapidly changing social landscape and also avoid pitfall? Come to the seminar on 8 July to get professional advice. +


Hong Kong Institute of Bankers' conference

Members are entitled to special rate for the Hong Kong Institute of Bankers' annual conference with the theme "Reshaping Banking For The New Normal" on 25 Sept. +

 
Discount offers extended
Milford Nutriproducts – up to 40% discounts on selected products until 31 July 2016. +

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts' Extension and Continuing Education for Life – 20% discount on selected courses until 30 June 2016. +

 
Invitation to comment
The Institute is seeking comments on IASB exposure draft on Remeasurement on a Plan Amendment, Curtailment or Settlement/Availability of a Refund from a Defined Benefit Plan (Proposed amendments to IAS 19 and IFRIC 14).

Institute comments on IASB exposure draft
Click to see our comments on IASB exposure draft on Classification of Liabilities.
 
Sailing courses
Training courses including levels one and two dinghy sailing are available in Aug. and Sept. for you to explore this exciting sport.

Where to eat, how to dress, and more
Where can you find a restaurant with great steak and stunning harbour view? The refreshed Life column of A Plus has a recommendation from our member, as well as other work-life balance interests.

Reminders
Speaker from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Art's Extension and Continuing Education for Life will talk about how to apply interactive drama improvisation to enhance leadership skills at the Merry Monday on 6 July.

Don't miss the dragon boat training course on 12 and 19 July to try this fun water activity.

Last call for the elementary Waltz class starting on 8 July.

 

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