Issue no. 710 (28 September 2018)
  Dear members/member practices,  
  A Plus –Trade war  

The September issue of A Plus looks at the implications of the United States-China trade war on Hong Kong's economy; and the President of the American Chamber of Commerce discusses her role in enhancing the U.S.-Hong Kong trade relationship at a time of tensions. Other articles include a feature on what the Greater Bay Area initiative means for Hong Kong; and interviews with the co-founder of accounting firm CW CPA on how tapping into the Latin American market was a smart move, and four top QP students on their secrets to achieving high marks.


Importance of CPD declaration
Members are required to declare continuing professional development compliance annually for membership renewal. Any false declaration may result in membership not being renewed. The matter may also be referred to Council for disciplinary action as the Institute sees fit. Click to learn more about CPD requirements.

Individual Income Tax reform in Mainland China
The seminar on 11 Oct will discuss changes to the tax residency rule, Individual Income Tax calculations and filing requirements, the new anti-avoidance rule, and other information practitioners must know from the recent approved amendments to the Mainland China Individual Income Tax Law.

Guide to the AML procedures manual for accountants
Launched in June 2018, the Anti-money Laundering Procedures Manual for Accountants provides guidance to help users to fulfill their obligations under the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering-Terrorist Financing Ordinance and other applicable ordinances. Enrol in the live webinar on 25 Oct to learn how to make use of the manual effectively and practical steps need to be taken in responding to the current fast-paced regulatory requirements.

From CPA to CPA Plus
Join the programme in November which features four modules tailored for financial professionals to build a systematic business mindset, from financial investment theory to practical application.

Sign up for the seminar on 4 Oct about the recent development and application of artificial intelligence in various industries.

Don't miss the seminar on 2 Oct to enhance your understanding of the current environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting requirements and gain insights and experiences from ESG reporting practitioners and professionals.

SME Conference
Don't miss the annual SME Conference co-organized by the Hong Kong Productivity Council and Standard Chartered Bank on 18 October. The conference will discuss how to capture the Greater Bay Area market by leveraging the economic strengths of Hong Kong. Admission is free and spaces are limited.
Tai Chi – Stress relief and improve mental health

Have you ever thought of practising Tai Chi to help you relax and release pressure? Join the free seminar on 16 Oct to learn more about how Tai Chi can help you relieve stress and improve your mental health.

Jazz dancing

Enrol in the beginner jazz class starting on 20 Oct in Mongkok.

Court-free amalgamation Q&As

Questions and answers relating to accounting for court-free amalgamation have been published by the Institute.

IFRIC Update

The September 2018 IFRIC Update is now available.

United Nations sanctions notices

The following United Nations Sanctions were published on 21 Sep:

The United Nations Sanctions (ISIL and Al-Qaida) Regulation

The list of individuals, groups, undertakings and entities under the United Nations Sanctions (ISIL and AL-Qaida) Regulation

The updated list of relevant persons and relevant entities under the United Nations Sanctions (Libya) Regulation 2011 (Cap. 537 AW)

Table Tennis Doubles Team League 2018

Congratulations to Victor Chiu, James Lee, Vincent Li and Stephen Yeung who clinched the championship at the Table Tennis Doubles Team League which concluded on 23 Sep. Click to see full results and photos.

Joint professional networking event for young members – Beyond the Stage of Cantonese Opera

Come experience the intangible cultural heritage of Cantonese opera at the coming joint professional networking event on 13 Oct. It is also an excellent opportunity to build your network with young members from other professional bodies over drinks and canapés, and have fun trying on opera costumes.

Singing technique classes

Enrol in the singing technique classes starting in October to improve your vocal skill for singing pop songs. Join a class that suits your level or the stage performance technique class to build up your confidence on stage.


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