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Corporate Registers Forum 2017 opens in Hong Kong (with photo)
The 14th annual Corporate Registers Forum (CRF) started in Hong Kong today (March 7).
This is an annual platform for authorities of corporate and business registers around the world to exchange experience and information on current operation and future development initiatives of corporate registration systems, and review the latest developments in corporate and business registers. This year, the annual conference has attracted around 200 delegates from 62 jurisdictions.
The conference is organised by the Companies Registry (CR) with the theme of "Corporate Registries - Challenges and Opportunities, Today and Tomorrow".
Officiating at the opening ceremony of the conference, the Financial Secretary, Mr Paul Chan, said that businesses are the building blocks of our 21st century economy. Company registries, by fast-tracking the start of a business and the conclusion of business transactions, help ensure the transparency and the accuracy of corporate data. They help entrepreneurs to fulfil their dreams, investors to put their capital to good use, and the public to engage, efficiently, with the business sector.
The CRF Hong Kong 2017 is one of the events celebrating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The programme features discussions of topics on corporate registries, including disclosure of beneficial ownership of companies, technological collaboration and results of the international business registers survey. The conference will continue until this Friday (March 10). Further details are available at the official website (www.crf2017.hk).
To promote and enhance good corporate governance of companies in Hong Kong, the CR will hold another major conference entitled Corporate Governance Roundtable on March 13. Regulators, practitioners and academics will discuss issues relating to corporate governance from international and local perspectives in the conference.