Issue no. 732 (14 March 2019)
  Dear members/member practices,  

2019 compliance forum


Speakers at the compliance forum on 10 April will help members to better apply professional skepticism; comply with relevant professional requirements; and, through compliance, enhance the quality of their professional work. The forum will also review common pitfalls identified in past cases.

Indirect tax updates in Asia Pacific

At the seminar on 9 April, the specialist in indirect tax and customs will discuss some recent practices and trends of indirect tax including value-added tax and goods and services tax in Asia-Pacific countries.

Updates on the Hong Kong M&A environment and related tax issues
The evening seminar on 4 April will give an overview of Hong Kong mergers & acquisitions environment and the recent unified fund tax exemption regime. Speakers will also discuss Hong Kong and Mainland China tax implications, the role of Hong Kong as a holding platform for outbound investments and the beneficial ownership requirements in Mainland China.

The latest development of the Greater Bay Area
Enrol in the seminar on 24 April to learn more about the latest developments and new policies of the Greater Bay Area. Attendees will also learn about the opportunities and risks associated with the development; and how Hong Kong can play a leading role in it.

Last chance to join the seminar on 22 March to learn how to develop new leadership and management capabilities for a strategic partnership with artificial intelligence in our careers.

Don't miss the workshop on 23 March to understand the strategic management process through real-life business strategies.

Attend the seminar on 28 March for tips on sustainability practices.

Understanding green finance and ESG: theory and practice
Join the seminar co-organized by the Center for Economic Sustainability & Entrepreneurial Finance of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Hong Kong Investor Relations Association on 1 April to understand how environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance can bring sustainable business benefits. Industry experts will come together to share their expertise and insights on green finance framework, ESG reporting and integration with real-life case studies. The seminar is supported by the HKSAR government and is free of charge. Online registration is available now.
Singing technique classes

The forthcoming series of the singing technique classes will begin in March to develop or enhance your vocal skills. Join a level that best meets your need.

Institute's comments

The Institute has submitted comments on the IAASB's Exposure Draft Proposed International Standard on Related Services 4400 (Revised), Agreed-Upon Procedures Engagements.

Webinar on quality management standards

The International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board will hold three webcasts to discuss the key aspects of the proposed changes to its suite of quality management standards, including International Standard on Quality Management 1, International Standard on Quality Management 2 and International Standard on Auditing 220. Register for one of the webcasts to learn more and ask questions.

Thursday, 28 March, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. HKT

Thursday, 25 April, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. HKT

Tuesday, 7 May, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. HKT

AML notice

Visit the Institute's anti-money laundering dedicated webpage for the updated lists of terrorists, terrorist associates and relevant persons/entities under United Nations sanctions.

Join the sports & recreational interest groups

The institute has 15 interest groups which organize fun-filled and exciting sports and recreational activities for members. Login to myCPA to join up to five interest groups free of charge to explore your interests and meet fellow members.


Don't miss the table tennis team league on 14 April to gain match experience.


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