Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Renewing qualifications is a must for most professions

Jonathan Ng, Deputy Executive Director of Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Photo: Nora Tam

From accountants to doctors, most professions in Hong Kong have had mandatory continuing education for at least 10 years.

Monday, 25 March, 2013, 5:30am

Reaching for new heights

Susanna Chiu embarked on a career in accounting after studying economics at the University of Sheffield. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

When Susanna Chiu was born, her mother apologised to her paternal grandfather for not giving birth to a son for the family.

18 Mar 2013 - 2:41am

Accounting chief supports reform

Susanna Chiu, president of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants, will work with the government on oversight reform. Photo: Edmond So

The first female president of Hong Kong's peak accountancy body backs reform plans to expand oversight of auditors of listed companies, but believes the industry group will continue to play an important regulatory role.

7 Jan 2013 - 4:31am

2013: Hong Kong's year of regulatory reform

Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Professor Chan Ka-keung

Happy New Year to all readers of White Collar. Last year marked a plethora of reforms and challenges for many listed companies, accountants, investment bankers, even the stock exchange and the regulator.

1 Jan 2013 - 4:13am

'Women to play bigger role' in accounting

Susanna Chiu

The first woman to break through to become president of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants says women are poised to play an increasingly important leadership role in the accounting industry.

17 Dec 2012 - 5:31am

Her Majesty's Service lives on in Hong Kong

A timepiece for rich picking.

Those who choose to protest against government policies by waving the colonial flag have all received a serious ticking off from our Chief Executive C.Y. Leung and others, including the former director of the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, went so far as to observe that people who felt so inclined should renounce their Chinese nationality.

3 Nov 2012 - 3:22am

Woman vice-president lobbies hard to lead accountants' institute

Susanna Chiu has been lobbying hard for the post of president.

Excitement is growing about the prospect of a woman heading the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Its presidential election will be held in mid-December and lobbying usually begins in November. But accountants said this year the two front runners have started their lobbying months earlier for the top seat on the industry body.

30 Oct 2012 - 7:17am

A man's world? Don't count on it

Accountancy is still a man's world, but Winnie Cheung Chi-woon, chief executive of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA), has managed to smash through its glass ceiling. And she says women are playing a much bigger role than when she started.

2 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Auditors want law change scrapped

The accounting industry faces an uphill struggle as it battles to convince lawmakers to scrap a law change under which accountants could face criminal liability.

The Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA) is lobbying lawmakers to scrap the provision, but government and the pro-Democrat legislators are determined to push the reform through.

12 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Cents and sensibility

Most parents understand the importance of establishing a home environment made up of daily routines that encourage children to develop the positive habits relating to food, looking after personal hygiene needs, and developing positive social relationships.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Listings go last minute on recruitment

Hong Kong requires listed companies to have three independent directors - but it does not specify when companies planning a listing have to recruit independent directors, which is a loophole that the listing committee should investigate.

15 May 2012 - 12:00am

Move to localise Big Four managers

Beijing's latest measure to localise the mainland operations of the Big Four accounting firms have been welcomed by several of the firms and the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA).

The new rules will dilute the control that Hong Kong and foreign accountants exert over the firms' mainland operations.

11 May 2012 - 12:00am

SFC proposes to raise scrutiny of listing sponsors

Hong Kong's Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) yesterday launched a two-month consultation on proposals to increase its scrutiny of listing sponsors - the first step towards a law that could put them in jail if a company's prospectus for listing misleads investors.

10 May 2012 - 12:00am

Rules need to be updated

Hong Kong should make better use of its tax system to raise its competitiveness as a regional business hub and attract more foreign investment.

19 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Improving skill set vital in fast-evolving economies

Professional accounting bodies in Hong Kong are stepping up development offerings to ensure accountants are better equipped to work in fast-evolving economies, such as the mainland.

19 Apr 2012 - 12:00am