AGN Asia Pacific, together with our Japanese member firms Ohwa Group and Hanai & Associates, jointly welcomed over 18 delegates, representing nine firms from eight countries, to the Asia Pacific Regional Meeting held in Naha, Okinawa, Japan on 17-20 April 2016. The conference was held at the beautiful Loisir Hotel Naha.
Members gathered to meet old and new friends on 17 April for a welcome cocktail and dinner at the hotel. The technical sessions opened on 18 April by Chairman Liam McQuaid of Duignan Carthy O-Neill and Asia Pacific Chairman Thaddaeus Mueller of Fiducia Management Consultants with a warm welcome. AGN International's Malcolm Ward, CEO presented the latest updates on AGN development. In addition, Global Taxation Trends were discussed featuring BEPS and Its Impact to APAC Countries and Worldwide moderated by Vimala Devi of BSL Tax Services PTE LTD and Global Tax Compliance moderated by Gloria Cheung of Fiducia Management Consultants. Next, Gloria Chung shared her hands-on experience about the Global Internal Control to end the morning session.
The afternoon session was all about business development. AP Regional Manager Simon Chan briefly introduced the opportunities risen from the China economic policy One Belt One Road and its values to members and nearby APAC countries. Next, Tony Shao of China Regal and David Kenney of Hall Chadwick jointly delivered the Business Development Sharing session which divided into two parts: (1) Successful Story Sharing and Its Essential Element, and (2) The Challenges and Opportunities. Additionally, David Kenney shared his valuable experience and insightful suggestions in How to Serve Entrepreneurs and Start-Ups Successfully. This concluded the first day of technical sessions.
The second day of the conference, 19 April, began with Masateru Sawada of Ohwa & Co introducing the Overview of Business Environment and Investment Opportunities in Japan. Koichi Hanai of Hanai & Associates completed the picture with the Taxation System in Japan. Completing the sessions on business development, Malcolm Ward then explained How BOBs (Business Opportunity Bulletins) Idea Can Assist Members in Getting More Business Opportunity. Liam McQuaid concluded the technical sessions with the introduction of the 2016 World Congress in Dublin (18-20 Sept 2016).
During the Asia Pacific Regional business meeting, Tony Shao was nominated and elected as new director to serve AGN's Asia Pacific board. This concluded the business portion of the conference.
Delegates enjoyed wonderful hours with each other at the Expo Park & Aquarium and Gala Dinner in a famous Japanese restaurant featuring countless varieties of freshly made sashimi, sushi, Japanese steak tempura as well as Awamori, a rice wine unique to Okinawa, and local beer from Orion, a famous Japanese brewery. Everyone enjoyed all the fun that wrapped up our regional meeting in Asia.