Issue no. 661 (28 September 2017)
  Dear members/member practices,  

September's A Plus


This month's issue of A Plus looks at how machine learning will dramatically change the profession. Explore the updated online version, optimized to provide a seamless reading experience on mobile devices. To enter the lucky draw for a HK$50 Starbucks coupon, save it to your home screen and send the screenshot and your membership number to by 13 Oct.

Data centre internet connection upgrade

Due to the data centre's upgrade of the internet connection to fiber, the Institute's online services will be temporary inaccessible on Saturday 14 Oct, from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. Please contact the IT support team at if you have any queries.

Office closures and holiday break

The Institute offices and library will be closed on 2 and 5 Oct, and from 4 p.m. on 4 Oct. There will also be no
e-circular news next week.


Cross-straits, Hong Kong and Macau Accounting Profession Conference

Over 200 accounting professionals from Mainland, Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong, including the Institute's delegation led by the president, attended the conference on 17-18 Sept in Yinchuan, Ningxia to discuss how the profession can leverage the latest technology. Click to see photos.

Monitoring of members' CPD compliance
The annual CPD audit exercise is conducted after the annual CPD declaration. Every member is subject to the annual CPD audit, and members selected in a random sample must submit their CPD records with supporting documents. Click to learn more about CPD audit exercise.

New corporate finance courses
Two new e-learning courses on corporate finance have been added under the e-Series section. To delve deeper into the subjects, you may take these courses together with the face-to-face seminars at a discounted price. As a special offer, buy 3, get one free on all e-Series from 1 Oct to 31 Dec.

Simplify ESG reporting with technology and practical experience sharing
The seminar on 7 Nov will cover the latest ESG reporting requirements, and discuss case studies on ESG reporting practice of listed companies. +

Annual meeting with Inland Revenue Department
Suggest agenda items for the Institute's next annual meeting with the Inland Revenue Department, scheduled for early 2018. Find details here and download the suggestion form here.

ForensIG seminar on family and shareholder disputes
Enrol in the lunch seminar on 19 Oct to learn more about types of disputes happening in Hong Kong between shareholders and family members, as well as the role of accountants in these conflicts. +

Impact of BEPS minimum standards and the multilateral instrument in Hong Kong
Join us at the seminar on 19 Oct to explore the application of minimum standards and the multilateral instrument in Hong Kong, under the OECD 15 action plans. +

The annual auditing conference, on 21 Oct, will cover post implementation findings of the revised auditor's report.
Enrol in the strategic case study and risk management workshops in October and November to sharpen your financial and management skills, and enhance your business acumen and commercial awareness.
Sign up for the annual IT conference to gain insight on emerging business opportunities and reducing costs through new technology. Enrolment closes on 9 Oct.

Fraud investigation in Hong Kong
In October and November the ACFE is running four advanced level courses on fraud investigation. Institute members receive a special discounted rate. +

IIRC – Integrated reporting news
In the latest IIRC newsletter 12 leading international investor organizations publicize their support for integrated reporting as a route to better understanding performance. Read more about this and other relevant integrated reporting news by subscribing here.
Members' Handbook update
Handbook Update No. 206 relates to the changes to Practice Notes PN 810.1 (Revised) and PN 810.2 (Revised).

Invitation to comment
The Institute is seeking comments on the IASB Exposure Drafts ED/2017/5 Accounting Policies and Accounting Estimates and ED/2017/6 Definition of Material. Comments should be submitted by 15 Dec.

September IASB update
The September IASB Update and the IASB Work Plan are now available.
Snooker training courses
Join the weekly snooker training courses beginning on 22 Oct to brush up on your snooker skills or pick up a new hobby. Beginner and intermediate sessions are available.

Fitness and stretching classes
Enrol in the weekly fitness and stretching training classes from October to November to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Photography events
Sign up for the sharing sessions and speedlight portrait classes in November to practise your photography skills with a model.

Dance events
Elementary level Rock & Roll and Rumba classes will both begin on 12 Oct in Wanchai.

Beginners Jazz resumes on 11 Nov in Mongkok.

Sign up for the 6-session elementary singing technique classes starting on 14 Oct or 19 Oct, or enrol in the 12-session advanced courses starting on 17 Oct, 21 Oct or 9 Nov.

Don't forget to join the annual CPA Golf Tournament on 30 Oct to compete for the Wong Tan Cup and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Trophy.


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