President’s message

Alex Leung
Loretta Fong

Dear esteemed guests and members,

On behalf of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA), I would like to extend a warm welcome to the CPA Congress, our flagship event to commemorate our 50th anniversary.

Over the past five decades, the Institute has been committed to enhancing the accounting profession’s standards and promoting its development in Hong Kong and beyond. As we celebrate our golden jubilee, we are proud to reflect on our achievements and look forward to the future with optimism and excitement.

The HKICPA was established in 1973 and over the past 50 years, the Institute, with the immeasurable contributions of our members, has been instrumental in shaping the landscape of accounting in Hong Kong and beyond. We have continuously enhanced professional standards, promoted industry development, and contributed to Hong Kong’s success as an international financial centre.

Today, the Institute has expanded its membership to over 47,000 professionals. Our members have played a vital role in supporting the development of Hong Kong’s economy and financial markets, and have been recognized for their expertise and professionalism both locally and internationally.

As we celebrate the HKICPA’s 50th anniversary, we take pride in the Institute’s contributions to the accounting profession and the wider community. Our members have been instrumental in helping organizations navigate complex financial and regulatory environments, and have contributed to the development of accounting standards and best practices both in Hong Kong and globally.

Beyond celebrating the achievements of the past, we must also look to the future. With the theme “Creating a Pathway to Advancement: Empowering Enterprises for the Future” and an ensemble of world-class guests and speakers, the CPA Congress is a remarkable opportunity for the Institute to do just that alongside professionals and business leaders and exchange insights into the latest topics on the global agenda.

“We hope that the insights gained and connections made during the CPA Congress will empower attendees to be key contributors in their organizations’ path to advancement.”

In this special CPA Congress issue of A Plus, you will find the programme of the CPA Congress, as well as exclusive content meant to complement the entire experience.

We are immensely honoured to have an esteemed lineup of guests and speakers at the CPA Congress, including our Guests of Honour, Paul Chan, the Financial Secretary of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and a Past President of the Institute; Shu Huihao, Director General of Accounting Regulatory Department of the Ministry of Finance of the People’s Republic of China; and Asmâa Resmouki, President of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC). You will find respective messages from the Financial Secretary and the President of IFAC to the Institute on our 50th anniversary in the following pages. I would like to share my heartfelt thanks to them for their well wishes and encouragement.

Julia Leung, Chief Executive Officer of the Securities and Futures Commission, and Prof. KC Chan, Chairman of WeLab Bank and Senior Advisor of WeLab, as keynote speakers, will provide their unique perspectives on the future of sustainable finance and the power of collaboration respectively at the CPA Congress. Leung has shared a special message congratulating the Institute, while Prof. Chan took time out of his busy schedule to share his thoughts about his career and the development of FinTech in Hong Kong ahead of his keynote speech in this special issue. Be sure to give them a read.

I would encourage attendees to take full advantage of the opportunity to engage in the thought-provoking discussions among panellists, exchange ideas with other attendees, and gain valuable insights into the latest developments in these critical areas.

I would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all the speakers, panellists, sponsors and attendees who have made this event possible. We hope that the insights gained and connections made during the CPA Congress will empower attendees to be key contributors in their organizations’ path to advancement.

Once again, welcome to the CPA Congress, and we wish you a fruitful and inspiring experience.

Loretta Fong

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