Issue no. 561 (18 September 2015)
  Dear members/member practices,  
  A Plus – Accounting and admen  

The September issue of A Plus looks into Big Four's expansion into creative and digital consultancy. What happen when left brain meets right brain? The magazine also brings you U.K. Financial Reporting Council CEO's profile, O2O retailing in China, Lloyd's Register financial controller's interview and sailing CPAs. Click here to read.

Annual report wins another global award
Further to recognition by the Mercury Excellence Awards and Astrid Awards early this year, the Institute's 2014 annual report "Growing with Hong Kong" just wins another global competition – International ARC Awards – by clinching a gold for written text (professional organization) and a silver for photography (professional body).

CPAs are benevolent and fit
A CPA team of six accountant ambassadors took part in the MTR Hong Kong race walking on 13 Sept. The Institute past presidents Keith Pogson, Philip Tsai and Susanna Chiu also participated in the chairmans' invitational race, where Pogson and Tsai came first and second respectively. Since 2007, the Institute has been a sponsor to this annual charitable event for raising funds to support public health education programmes of the Hospital Authority. Click to see photos.

Reminder: IFRS Conference in Hong Kong
Connect with the IASB, leading Hong Kong and regional CFOs and IFRS experts, and gain insights on how the upcoming standards will impact your business by joining the IFRS Conference on 12-13 Oct. Click here to enrol and enjoy 10% off for group registration.

Clean District Council election
ICAC is reminding voters to uphold a clean election culture and refuse electoral bribery in the District Council Election in November through its new TV ad.

ESG practices and reporting

In the first seminar of the Best Corporate Governance Disclosure Awards Series on 14 Oct., representatives from the 2014 winners will share how their companies develop strategies and plans in relation to ESG practices and reporting.

When big data meets finance and accounting

Enrol in the seminar on 7 Oct. to learn more how to use big data to create business values and apply it to finance and accounting work. +

How small-caps outperform

The luncheon co-organized by the Institute, Hong Kong Society of Financial Analysts and Hong Kong Investor Relations Association on 16 Oct. will focus on enhancing performance of small-cap companies from the perspectives of investors and CFOs. Institute members get special rate by using discount code "1016-CPA". +

Reminder: Dealing with requests from regulators and liquidators

How to handle requests from regulators and liquidators for effective risk management? Come to the seminar on 29 Sept. to learn more. +

Implementation of the Competition Ordinance

The Competition Commission is organizing a free seminar on 5 Oct. to give an overview of the Competition Ordinance and the commission’s implementation guidelines. +

CPA bridge team recruitment

Put forward your name if you wish to represent the Institute in the RSCP bridge tournament on 22 Nov. All applicants will undergo a selection process, which is based on players' past results in Institute's events, table manner and team spirit. +

Golf events
Join the CPA golf tournament on 29 Oct. to put your golf skills to test.

Enrol in the golf day at the Phoenix Hill Golf Club on 24 Oct. to enjoy an outbound golf trip with fellow members.

to CPD learning centre and events calendar for more activities.
Responsibilities of engagement partner

IAASB has published a staff alert on auditor's responsibilities when the engagement partner is not located where the majority of the audit work is performed. +

Bulk purchase discount
Members can order the A Guide through IFRS 2015 (Green Book) at a bulk purchase discounted price of HK$1,250 by 20 Oct.
Sport competition results
Congratulations to Fung Siu-fan and Hon Sze-chung who clinched the championship at the third mini bridge tournament on 13 Sept. Dora Lo and Tong Yat-chong placed second, while Francis Hui and John Wu placed third. Click to see photos.

An RSCP united football team consisting of Institute members, barristers, dentists, doctors and lawyers beat the past students' football team of Wah Yan College, Kowloon 2:1 in the friendly match on 13 Sept. Click to see photos.

Bowling coaching courses
Two bowling coaching courses will begin on 25 Oct. at the South China Athletic Association Bowling Centre for members who wish to improve technique.

Hone your golf skills by joining the 4-session golf training courses in October or the advanced short game on 10 Oct.

Last call for the Jazz Funk class starting on 25 Sept.


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