ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) Hong Kong held its Annual Conference 2019 at Conrad Hong Kong on 15 June.
Themed 'From Vulnerability to Sustainability – Build a Better Future', the event was well-attended by 400 conference participants. Attendees were highly engaged in insights exchange on how Hong Kong can build a sustainable future amidst the global economic turbulence. Our audiences were warmly welcomed by Natalie Chan, Chairman of ACCA Hong Kong.
Bernard Charnwut Chan, Convenor of the Non-official Members of the Executive Council, HKSAR, was the Guest of Honour for the conference. In his opening address, he said, ‘It's not just that the US and Chinese economies are integrated. Everyone is integrated. Nearly every sector in every country ultimately relies on other sectors and other countries. And maybe some disruption will eventually lead to a more balanced global economy. For Hong Kong, there are new opportunities looking beyond the immediate problems. We need to maintain our core advantages - low taxes, clean and efficient democracy, regulations, rule of law and independent courts, good quality infrastructures and communications, good education system and good quality workforce.’
Mary Huen, CEO, Hong Kong, Standard Chartered Bank, was the keynote speaker of the Conference. ‘The banking industry has undergone significant changes to improve its resilience since the 2008 financial crisis. New regulatory frameworks, technological advancement and better connectivity between regions have helped banks lay the foundation for a more sustainable growth and development path in the future, boosting investors’ confidence in Hong Kong,’ Huen said.
The conference continued with different panel discussion forums, where experts and leaders from different fields shared their insights and views. Guest speakers and moderators are as follows:
Discussion Forum - Expecting the unexpected: Business continuity under uncertainties
Professor Erwin Huang (黃岳永教授), Associate Professor and Senior Advisor, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Reeve Kwan (關俊文), Co-founder, GOGOVAN
Ravel Lai (黎柏豪), Chief Digital Officer, Dah Chong Hong Holdings
Susanna Wong (黃思麗), Chief Executive Officer, YATA Limited
Julian Law (羅永聰), Founder, Jervois One (moderator)
Discussion Forum - Technology investments getting indispensable, or not?
Herbert Chia (車品覺), Venture Partner, Sequoia Capital China Fund
Dr David Chung (鍾偉强博士), JP, Under Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Innovation and Technology Bureau, The Government of HKSAR
Dr George Lam (林家禮博士), Chairman, Hong Kong Cyberport Managment Company Limited
Duncan Chiu (邱達根), Chairman, Lai Yuen Company Limited; President, Hong Kong Information Technology Joint Council; Managing Director, Radiant Venture Capital Limited (speaker cum moderator)
Discussion Forum - Sustainability: Business and the environment
Raymond Choi (蔡偉民), General Manager (Customer Services), HK Electric
Ir Albert Lai (黎廣德), Chief Executive Officer, Carbon Care Asia
Leung Wing-mo (梁榮武), Former Assistant Director, Hong Kong Observatory
Dr Wilson Chan (陳鳳翔博士), Adjunct Professor, College of Business, City University of Hong Kong (moderator)
ACCA Annual Conference is a signature thought leadership event with extensive networking opportunities organised by ACCA Hong Kong every year. With an aim to help our members and partners stay abreast of the latest trends and issues of global/local environment, the conference is an established platform where thought leaders and eminent industry figures convene to identify key drivers, global and local, with major impact on the accounting and finance profession. They also share invaluable insights that inspire the participants to develop strategies to navigate the fast-changing business landscape.
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ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants, offering business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management. ACCA now has 26,000 members and 133,000 students (including affiliates) in Greater China, with 11 offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Shenyang, Qingdao, Wuhan, Changsha, Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR.
Globally, ACCA supports its 219,000 members and 527,000 students (including affiliates) in 179 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. ACCA works through a network of 110 offices and centres and 7,571 Approved Employers worldwide and 328 approved learning providers who provide high standards of learning and development.
Through its public interest remit, ACCA promotes appropriate regulation of accounting and conducts relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence.
ACCA has introduced major innovations to its flagship qualification to ensure its members and future members continue to be the most valued, up to date and sought-after accountancy professionals globally.
Founded in 1904, ACCA has consistently held unique core values: opportunity, diversity, innovation, integrity and accountability.