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Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Development Office launches "GoGBA Sector Series" to help industry understand opportunities of Greater Bay Area

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Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Development Office launches "GoGBA Sector Series" to help industry understand opportunities of Greater Bay Area
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Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Development Office launches "GoGBA Sector Series" to help industry understand opportunities of Greater Bay Area

2024-06-14 23:38 Last Updated At:23:58

Gogba seminar for accounting sector launches 'gogba sector series' to enhance hong kong's role as financial super connector in greater bay area

The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Development Office (GBA Office) of the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) co-organised the GoGBA Seminar for Accounting Sector today (June 14) to kick off the "GoGBA Sector Series". With the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants as the strategic partner, the seminar focused on the development of Hong Kong's accounting profession in the Greater Bay Area (GBA).

In her opening address at the event, the Commissioner for the Development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, Ms Maisie Chan, said "Under 'one country, two systems', Hong Kong enjoys significant advantages such as free flow of capital, a common law system, a low and simple tax regime, and a regulatory regime aligned with the international market. With a world-class business environment and a renowned professional services sector, Hong Kong is best placed to serve as the 'super connector' and 'super value-adder' between the Mainland and the global market."

Ms Chan added that Hong Kong's accounting profession and accountants are at the forefront of the world in terms of professionalism and regulatory standards, and are an important force in supporting the high-quality development of different sectors in Hong Kong and the entire GBA. The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government will continue to maintain close liaison with the Mainland authorities to strive for more policy innovations and breakthrough, and the compatibility and alignment of rules and mechanisms, so as to facilitate the smooth flow of financial factors in the region, and better leverage Hong Kong's advantages as an international financial centre. This will further drive the demand for professional accounting services in the GBA and greatly expand the room for development of the accounting profession.

At today's seminar, representatives from the Nansha District People's Government of Guangzhou, and the Qianhai Authority of Shenzhen, were also invited to introduce the latest preferential policies and tax incentives in Nansha and Qianhai, the two major co-operation platforms in the GBA. A number of accounting professionals also shared the strategies and practices of Hong Kong's professional accounting services in expanding their businesses in the GBA, helping participants better understand and grasp the development opportunities brought about by the development of the GBA.

The new "GoGBA Sector Series" is a joint initiative of the GBA Office and HKTDC, which aims to focus on the needs of different sectors and provide more specific and targeted information and support to enterprises and professionals in relevant sectors through more diversified means, and support them in expanding their businesses in different cities of the GBA. In addition to keynote speeches and panel discussions, small group advisory workshops and one-on-one consultation services were also arranged at the seminar, where experts answered questions and offered advice on development of the accounting sector in the Mainland cities of the GBA. The next event under the accounting sector series, namely "GoGBA Accounting Sector Study Tour", will be held in late July. Arrangements will be made for the participants to visit the Mainland cities of the GBA to learn about the latest development of and policy measures applicable to the accounting sector in the Mainland, and at the same time, to build up their business network and open up new markets.

For more information about the GBA, please visit the dedicated website (www.bayarea.gov.hk/en/), which also covers the content of the Greater Bay Area Information Station (www.bayarea.gov.hk/gbais/en/) for easy browsing by members of the public.

Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Development Office launches "GoGBA Sector Series" to help industry understand opportunities of Greater Bay Area  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Development Office launches "GoGBA Sector Series" to help industry understand opportunities of Greater Bay Area Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Development Office launches "GoGBA Sector Series" to help industry understand opportunities of Greater Bay Area  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Development Office launches "GoGBA Sector Series" to help industry understand opportunities of Greater Bay Area Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

CHP reminds public on precautions against heat stroke during very hot weather

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) today (July 13) reminded members of the public, particularly those undertaking outdoor activities, to take heed of necessary measures against heat stroke and sunburn in very hot weather.

"The public should carry and drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration while engaging in outdoor activities," a spokesman for the CHP said.

"Those engaged in strenuous outdoor activities should avoid beverages containing caffeine, such as coffee and tea, as well as alcohol, as they speed up water loss through the urinary system," the spokesman explained.

"Infants and children, the elderly, pregnant women, those with chronic illnesses such as heart disease or high blood pressure, outdoor/manual workers, and individuals who are overweight are more vulnerable to heat stroke. They should pay special attention," the spokesman added.

The public should adopt the following precautions:

  • Wear loose and light-coloured clothing to reduce heat absorption and facilitate sweat evaporation and heat dissipation;
  • Avoid vigorous exercise and prolonged activities like hiking or trekking as heat, sweating and exhaustion can place additional demands on the physique;
  • Perform outdoor activities in the morning or the late afternoon, if possible;
  • For indoor activities, open all windows, use a fan or use air-conditioning to maintain good ventilation;
  • Do not stay inside a parked vehicle; and
  • Reschedule work to cooler times of the day if feasible. If working in a hot environment is inevitable, introduce shade in the workplace where practicable. Start work slowly and pick up the pace gradually. Move to a cool area for rest at regular intervals to allow the body to recuperate.
  • ​The public should also note the latest and the forecast Ultraviolet (UV) Index released by the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO). When the UV Index is high (6 or above):

  • Minimise direct exposure of the skin and the eyes to sunlight;
  • Wear long-sleeved and loose-fitting clothes;
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat or use an umbrella;
  • Seek a shaded area or put on UV-blocking sunglasses;
  • Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen lotion with a minimum sun protection factor (SPF) of 15, preferably higher. Reapply every two hours if you stay out in the sun, and after swimming, sweating or towelling off; and
  • While using DEET-containing insect repellents for personal protection against mosquito-borne diseases, apply sunscreen first, then insect repellent.
  • ​If symptoms develop, such as dizziness, headache, nausea, shortness of breath or confusion, rest and seek help immediately, and seek medical advice as soon as possible.

    ​The public may obtain more information from the DH's Health Education Infoline (2833 0111),heat strokepage andUV radiationpage; the HKO's Dial-a-Weather (1878 200),latestweather report and forecast,UV Indexand weather information forhiking and mountaineering; andpress releasesof the Labour Departmenton precautions against heat stroke for outdoor workers and their employers when the Very Hot Weather Warning is in force.

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