Washington, DC, February 2012 - The Corporate Secretaries International Association (CSIA) and the Forum launched the development of the Corporate Secretary Training Supplement through a four-day workshop involving the project’s working-group members from seven countries.
As the board’s 'conscience,' a corporate secretary has a key role in shaping how a board-and the company-is governed. Corporate secretaries provide counsel on best practices, oversee corporate disclosures of financial information, ensure that board directors are fully informed, and often work closely with stakeholders.
The training supplement will cover the role of corporate secretaries in corporations, family-owned or family-controlled companies, and state-owned enterprises. It will examine the corporate secretary’s value in improving a company’s performance through better governance. The supplement also will explore the secretary’s core responsibilities-as communicator, board advisor, and compliance officer. The final section will look at the emergence of independent practitioners in providing audits of corporate secretaries’ roles and performance as well as other consulting services. Throughout the supplement, the emphasis will be on examples and practical insights.
The supplement will be modeled on the Forum’s highly successful Board Leadership Training Resources Toolkit, which has pioneered adult-learning methodologies to train trainers, who, in turn, train board directors. “This project will benefit from more than three years of experience by the Forum in helping train directors in more than 50 countries,” says Ghita Alderman, a Forum projects officer. “The CSIA’s global network will support the supplement’s contents, particularly in providing practical insights and advice that participants in our training have found invaluable.”
In raising awareness of the role of corporate secretary-among boards, institutes, and government officials-the supplement will help boards that currently have no corporate secretary establish this role. It will also serve to further develop the role where secretaries are already in pace but underused.
“Advancing good corporate governance must include corporate secretaries as part of efforts to build board capacity in the emerging market and developing countries,” says Philip Baldwin, chief executive officer of the Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries and CSIA’s representative. “Corporate governance must be a core competency of corporate secretaries.”
In Detail: Corporate secretaries have a central role in corporate governance through their performance of the following responsibilities:
陈姚慧儿女士 FCIS FCS(PE)，公司秘书国际联合会会长，香港特许秘书公会会长及中电控股有限公司公司秘书
Ms Katherine K Combs，公司秘书与管理专家协会主席
高伟先生 FCIS FCS，中国外运股份有限公司董事会秘书，总法律顾问黄清先生 FCIS FCS，中国神华能源股份有限公司董事会秘书金乐琦教授，香港科技大学工商管理学院亚洲家族企业研究中心主任
Dr Grant Kirkpatrick，经济合作及发展组织企业事务处副主管
Mr Ben Mathews BA (Hons.) FCIS，力拓股份有限公司公司秘书及秘书服务全球主管
Mr Hakeem Ogunniran FCIS，Managing Director/CEO UACN Property Development
Dr Ya Ramesh Konda Reddy，Founder Trustee & Head, Academy of Corporate
Mr Tim Sheehy,澳洲特许秘书公会总裁
Dr R I (Bob) Tricker，founder-editor of Corporate Governance：An International Review
Mr Peter Turnbull FCIS，公司秘书国际联合会司库
姚军先生 FCIS FCS，中国平安保险(集团)股份有限公司总法律顾问余莉娜女士，德勤企业风险管理服务副总监周勤业先生，上海证券交易所总会计师
同时，本次研讨会获得国际组织包括全球公司治理论坛和经济合作发展组织的支持、和多家在公司治理领域领先之企业的广泛支持，其中包括中电控股有限公司、德勤华永会计师事务所有限公司、KCS 凯誉管理咨询 (中国) 有限公司、兖州煤业股份有限公司、时富金融服务集团有限公司、中海集装箱运输股份有限公司、澳洲联邦银行和力宝集团。
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22 September 2011 – Corporate Secretaries International Association (CSIA) successfully hosted their inaugural conference - the CSIA 1st international Corporate Governance Conference (iCGC) – in Shanghai today and tomorrow. The event was jointly organised by the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE). Over 180 international experts and high-level delegates from all over the world attended todeliberate, question, discuss and debate the question in the conference’s theme: “Sustainable
Corporate Governance – Towards a Global Model?”
The conference addressed key issues including: “Western Corporate Governance Practices: the Role Model?”, “Non-Western Corporate Government Practices: the Emerging Model?”, “Towards a Sustainable Global Model?” Speakers and panellists came from Africa, Australia, mainland China, Hong Kong, India, the UK and the US as well as many other countries and regions. Added to these distinguished corporate and academic presenters were delegates from the 14 CSIA member countries and a significant number of prominent local governance corporate professionals and businessmen.
“While most participants in the governance debate agree that there are universally accepted corporate governance principles, the reality is that each country and region has its own quirks and customs,” said Mrs. April Chan, President of CSIA. “As CSIA aims to be the global voice of corporate secretaries and governance professionals, I hope that we can go at least some way to answering the question of whether, despite the various local influences, sustainability will finally bring about a single global governance model.” Mrs Chan added.
Mr. Qinye Zhou, Chief Accountant at the Shanghai Stock Exchange and the keynote speaker of the Conference said: “This is an influential, global event that promotes the development of corporate governance across the world. The conference proved to be an excellent opportunity for Asian and non-Asian countries to network and exchange valuable ideas and experiences.”
Key speakers and panelists include:
Mrs April Chan FCIS FCS(PE), President, Corporate Secretaries International Association; President, The Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries; Company Secretary of CLP Holdings Ltd
Professor Xinsheng Cheng, Professor, PhD Supervisor, Business School of Nankai University
Ms Susie Cheung FCIS FCS(PE), General Counsel and Company Secretary, Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation Limited
Mr Ge Deng, Director, Supervision Department of Listed Companies, China Securities Regulatory Commission
Ms Katherine K Combs, Chairman, Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals
Mr Wei Gao, FCIS FCS, Board Secretary & General Counsel, Sinotrans Ltd.
Mr Qing Huang, Board Secretary, China Shenhua Energy Company Limited
Professor Roger King, Director, Center for Asia Family Business and Entrepreneurship Studies, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Dr Grant Kirkpatrick, Deputy Head, Corporate Affairs Division, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
Mr Ben Mathews, BA (Hons.) FCIS, Company Secretary and Global Head of Secretarial Services, Rio Tinto plc
Mr Hakeem Ogunniran, FCIS, Managing Director/CEO ACN Property Development Company Plc
Dr Yaga Ramesh Konda Reddy, Founder Trustee & Head, Academy of Corporate Governance
Mr Tim Sheehy, Chief Executive Officer of Chartered Secretaries Australia
Ms Edith Shih FCIS FCS(PE), Head Group General Counsel & Company Se cretary, Hutchison Whampoa Limited
Dr R I (Bob) Tricker, founder-editor of Corporate Governance: An International Review
Mr Peter Turnbull, CIS, Treasurer, Corporate Secretaries International Association
Mr Jun Yao, FCIS FCS, Company Secretary & General Counsel, Ping An Insurance (Group)
Ms Elena Yu, Associate Director, Enterprise Risk Services Department, Deloitte Shanghai Mr Qinye Zhou, Chief Accountant, Shanghai Stock Exchange
The conference was widely supported by international organisations, including Global Corporate Governance Forum and OECD, and leading companies in the corporate governance sectors, including CLP Holdings Ltd., Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu CPA Ltd, KCS Management & Consultancy (China) Co. Ltd, Yanzhou Coal Mining Company Limited, Cash Financial Services Group Ltd (CFSG), China Shipping Container Lines Co. (CSCL), Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Lippo Group.
CSIA is grateful to have continued support from our founding sponsor, Computershare. “Computershare is pleased to continue its strong relationship with the CSIA with sponsorship of this first International Corporate Governance Conference in Shanghai. Corporate Governance is a key focus for our clients the world over and the learnings from this collaboration of Corporate Secretaries and corporate governance from around the world will play an important part in shaping the role of governance in the future,’ said James Wong, Chief Executive Officer of Computershare Asia.
About Corporate Secretaries International Association
Corporate Secretaries International Association (CSIA) is dedicated to promoting the values and practices of governance professionals such as qualified Chartered Secretaries, corporate secretaries, company secretaries and board secretaries who are at the frontline of governance.
CSIA, a Geneva-registered trade body, was established in March 2010. It formed to give a global voice to corporate secretaries and governance professionals throughout the world. CSIA Member organisations include national/territorial representative organisations from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Southern Africa, UK/Ireland, the US and Zimbabwe.
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Ms KatherineK Combs,公司秘书与管理专家协会主席
高伟先生 FCISFCS,中国外运股份有限公司董事会秘书，总法律顾问黄清先生 FCISFCS,中国神华能源股份有限公司董事会秘书
Dr Grant Kirkpatrick,经济合作及发展组织企业事务处副主管
Mr Ben Mathews BA (Hons.) FCIS, Company Secretary and Global Head of
Secretarial Services, Rio Tinto plc
Mr Hakeem OgunniranFCIS, Managing Director/CEO UACN PropertyDevelopment
Dr Yaga Ramesh Konda Reddy,Founder Trustee& Head, AcademyofCorporate
DrRI (Bob) Tricker, founder-editorof Corporate Governance: AnInternational
ReviewMr Peter Turnbull FCIS, Treasurer, Corporate SecretariesInternational Association
9 August 2011 - Sustainability is a vital element of success for an organisation regardless of its geographical location. With confidence shaken in the governance systems of the West, new models are being developed as Asia, Africa, and Australia take the lead in corporate governance. Will sustainability be the catalyst that drives these different governance systems towards one global model? Will the various corporate governance systems that are emerging eventually converge?
International experts will deliberate these questions and the many other facets of corporate governance as reflected in national and regional cultural contexts, legal systems and the political structures at the 1st International Corporate Governance Conference hosted by the Corporate Secretaries International Association (CSIA) and the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) in Shanghai.
“We are very excited to host CSIA’s inaugural conference in Shanghai, one of the leading financial cities in the world. That Shanghai Stock Exchange, the most prominent stock exchange in Mainland China is co-organising the conference reinforces the relevance and quality of the conference offering,” said Mrs. April Chan, CSIA President. “Hosting the conference here will bring Western and non-Western countries together to debate the issues surrounding corporate governance in a global context,” Mrs. Chan added.
The conference will bring together international speakers and panellists from the UK, US, Australia, Africa, China and Asia, to discuss critical issues surrounding the conference theme Sustainable Corporate Governance – Towards a Global Model? Added to these distinguished corporate and academic presenters will be attendees from the 14 CSIA member countries and a significant number of prominent local businessmen.
Conference highlights include Western Corporate Governance Practices: the Role Model? Non-Western Corporate Government Practices: the Emerging Model? Towards a Sustainable Global Model?
“CSIA was launched in March 2010 when we also issued a research report titled ‘Twenty Practical Steps to Better Corporate Governance’ written by an internationally recognised expert on corporate governance, Dr R.I Tricker with contributions from leading corporate governance experts throughout the world. These twenty practical steps were in response to the global financial crisis,” says Mrs. Chan. “Following on from these twenty practical steps, this conference will seek to understand why corporate governance systems have diversified and whether or not sustainability in corporate governance is the one aspect that might force corporate governance practices to converge once more. ”
Key speakers and panellists include:
Mrs April Chan FCIS FCS(PE), President, Corporate Secretaries International Association; President, The Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries; Company Secretary of CLP Holdings Ltd.
Ms Susie Cheung FCIS FCS(PE), General Counsel and Company Secretary, Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation Limited
Mr Wei Gao FCIS FCS, Board Secretary & General Counsel, Sinotrans Ltd.
Mr Qin Huang, Board Secretary, China Shenhua Energy Company Limited
Mr Ben Mathews BA (Hons.) FCIS, Company Secretary and Global Head of Secretarial Services, Rio Tinto plc
Mr Hakeem Ogunniran FCIS, Managing Director/CEO UACN Property Development Company Plc
Ms Edith Shih FCIS FCS(PE)
Head Group General Counsel & Company Secretary, Hutchison Whampoa Limited
Mr Peter Turnbull FCIS, Treasurer, Corporate Secretaries International Association
Mr Jun Yao FCIS FCS, Company Secretary & General Counsel, Ping An Insurance (Group)
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14 Jan. 2011, Hong Kong -- April Chan, President, Corporate Secretaries International Association (CSIA) addressed the opening ceremony of the 9th China Corporate Governance Forum, held in Shanghai on 18 December 2010.
The Forum was organised by Shanghai Stock Exchange to highlight and discuss corporate governance issues in China and was supported by the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council (SASAC) and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and was held to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Chinese capital and securities markets.
Other luminaries who addressed the Forum included Shang Fulin, Chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, Han Zheng, Mayor of Shanghai, Meng Jianmin, Vice Chairman of SASAC, Geng Liang, Chairman of the Shanghai Stock Exchange and Richard Alan Boucher, Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD.
CSIA was invited to participate in the Forum as the global organisation that represents those professionals, who work as frontline practitioners of governance such as corporate secretaries, to implement best practice in the governance of corporations.
"It was a great honour to be invited to address this Forum. It is through participating in such high level events that CSIA can raise its profile among Mainland China regulators and practitioners. This in turn helps CSIA to promote good governance and fulfil its mission as the global voice of corporate secretaries and governance professionals," said Mrs. Chan.
During her address April noted the achievements China has made in its capital market during the last 20 years. She also introduced CSIA and spoke of its desire to contribute to the professionalization of the board secretary in China.
Prior to the Forum, CSIA Council Meeting was held on 13 December 2010. April Chan, as the President of The Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries, was elected as President of CSIA for a second term for 2011. Mrs. Chan is the current Company Secretary of CLP Holdings Limited.
"I was honoured to be asked to serve as CSIA President again and to contribute to the promotion of the professional status of Chartered /corporate/company and board secretaries globally," said April Chan. In the coming year, CSIA will focus on:
• Lobbying with the World Trade Organisation to introduce a separate Head in the Services Sectoral Classification List for corporate governance, compliance, and secretarial advisory professionals (CGCSA);
• Working with the Global Corporate Governance Forum, a World Bank/ International Financial Corporation initiative to produce a Corporate Secretaries Toolkit for use in multiple jurisdictions. This will provide a baseline curriculum for the concepts and approaches that corporate secretaries must master to be effective in their roles; and
• Staging CSIA's first Corporate Governance Conference in Shanghai during 2011. During the Council meeting the following new members joined CSIA:
• The Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (Full member)
• The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (Full member)
• The Institute of Chartered Corporate Secretaries of Sri Lanka (Affiliated member) Corporate Secretaries International Association Council 2011: Honorary Officers: President - April W.Y. Chan (Hong Kong member representative)
Vice President - Vinayak S. Khanvalkar (India member representative) Secretary - Stephen Sadie (South Africa member representative) Treasurer - Peter Turnbull (Australia member representative) Council Members: Deacon M B Adeisa (Nigeria member representative) Janet Ang (Malaysia member representative) Joe Mwangi Mbuthia (Kenya member representative) Pascal Mudzikisi (Zimbabwe member representative) Grace Tan (Singapore member representative) David Wilson (UK/Ireland member representative) About Corporate Secretaries International Association Corporate Secretaries International Association (CSIA) is dedicated to promoting the values and practices of governance professionals such as qualified Chartered Secretaries, corporate secretaries, company secretaries and board secretaries who are at the frontline of governance. CSIA, a Geneva-registered trade body, was established in March 2010. It formed to give a global voice to corporate secretaries and governance professionals throughout the world. CSIA Member organisations include national/territorial representative organisations from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Southern Africa, UK/Ireland, the US and Zimbabwe. To find out more about CSIA, please visit www.csiaorg.com. For press enquiries, please contact: Ms Gloria Fung / Ms Elaine Cheung T el: +852-2881-6177 Fax: +852-2881-5050 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
香港2011年1月14日 -- 公司秘书国际联合会会长陈姚慧儿女士在「第九届中国公司
在论坛上致辞的其他显要包括中国证券监督管理委员会主席尚福林丶上海市市长韩正 丶国务院国有资産监督管理委员会副主任孟建民丶上海证券交易所理事长耿亮和经济 合作与发展组织副秘书长包润石。
陈姚慧儿女士表示:「获邀出席是次论坛,联合会感到非常荣幸。透过参与这类高层 次的活动,本会得以提升其在中国内地监管机构和执业人士眼中的地位,这有助我们 履行任务,作为全球公司秘书和管治专业人士的声音,以推广良好企业管治。」
在论坛举行之前,公司秘书国际联合会於2010年12月13日举行了理事大会。在会议上 ,香港特许秘书公会会长陈姚慧儿女士获选连任联合会会长,陈女士是中电控股有限 公司的现任公司秘书。
• 游说世界贸易组织在「服务部门分类清单」中加入「企业管治丶合规及秘书谘 询专业」的独立总目;
• 与世界银行和国际金融公司合办的「全球企业管治论坛」合作,制作一份适用 於多个司法管辖区的公司秘书锦囊。该锦囊将会提供公司秘书基础概念和处事 方法,以更有效发挥其角色;及
会长 - 陈姚慧儿女士 (香港会员代表)副会长 - Vinayak S. Khanvalkar (印度会员代表) 秘书 - Stephen Sadie (南非会员代表)司库 - Peter Turnbull (澳洲会员代表)
Deacon M B Adeisa (尼日利亚会员代表) Janet Ang (马来西亚会员代表)
Joe Mwangi Mbuthia (肯雅会员代表) Pascal Mudzikisi (津巴布韦会员代表) Grace Tan (新加坡会员代表)
David Wilson (英国/爱尔兰会员代表) 公司秘书国际联合会简介
公司秘书国际联合会专责推广公司管治专业人士(包括处理管治前线工作的合资格特许 秘书丶企业秘书丶公司秘书和董事会秘书) 的价值观和企业管治实务。
公司秘书国际联合会属於商贸组织,於2010年3月在日内瓦注册成立,目的是为全球的 公司秘书和管治专业人员发言。公会的会员机构包括来自澳洲丶加拿大丶香港丶印度 丶肯雅丶马来西亚丶新西兰丶尼日利亚丶新加坡丶斯里兰卡丶南非丶英国/爱尔兰丶美 国和津巴布韦的国家/地区代表组织。
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Shanghai Stock Exchange Forum Addressed by Corporate Secretaries International Association President
For immediate release - April Chan, President, Corporate Secretaries International Association (CSIA) addressed the opening ceremony of the 9th China Corporate Governance Forum, held in Shanghai on 18 December 2010.
During her address April noted the achievements China has made in its capital market during the last 20 years. She also introduced CSIA and spoke of its desire to contribute to the professionalisation of the board secretary in China.
Working with the Global Corporate Governance Forum, a World Bank/ International Financial Corporation initiative to produce a Corporate Secretaries Toolkit for use in multiple jurisdictions. This will provide a baseline curriculum for the concepts and approaches that corporate secretaries must master to be effective in their roles; and
Staging CSIA's first Corporate Governance Conference in Shanghai during 2011. During the Council meeting the following new members joined CSIA:
The Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (Full member)
The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (Full member)
The Institute of Chartered Corporate Secretaries of Sri Lanka (Affiliated member)
Corporate Secretaries International Association Council 2011: Honorary Officers:
President - April W.Y. Chan (Hong Kong member representative)
Vice President - Vinayak S. Khanvalkar (India member representative) Secretary - Stephen Sadie (South Africa member representative) Treasurer - Peter Turnbull (Australia member representative)
Deacon M B Adeisa (Nigeria member representative) Janet Ang (Malaysia member representative)
Joe Mwangi Mbuthia (Kenya member representative) Pascal Mudzikisi (Zimbabwe member representative) Grace Tan (Singapore member representative) David Wilson (UK/Ireland member representative)
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April Chan's opening ceremony speech at the 9th China Corporate Governance Forum held in Shanghai on the 18th of December 2010:
Good morning, honourable Chairman Shang Fulin, Mayor Han Zheng, Mr. Meng Jianmin, Chairman Geng Liang, Mr. Richard Alan Boucher, ,distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.
As a representative of the Corporate Secretaries International Association, it is my great hounour to be invited to speak at this 9th China Corporate Governance Forum. I thank you and appreciate the opportunity. I wish to extend my sincere congratulations and highest respect to all the corporate and individual winners of the 2010 Annual Awards for Best Board of Directors, Best Information Disclosure and Excellent Independent Director.
Today’s forum is a key event in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Chinese capital and securities markets. In December 20 years ago, the Shanghai and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges were established and marked the start of a new era for the Chinese capital market. After 20 years of navigation through challenging times, these Exchanges are now amongst the world’s largest securities markets in terms of market capitalisation. Corporate governance standards and practices have been increasingly applied in listed companies.
The history has demonstrated impressive growth toward the maturity of the capital markets as well as great success of China in becoming one of the most robust economies in the world.
The Shanghai Stock Exchange has made continuous efforts to strengthen the corporate governance of Chinese companies and has a proven track record in this area. An annual corporate governance forum has been organized since 2001, an Annual Report for Chinese Corporate Governance has been issued since 2003, China’s first Corporate Governance Index was established, a corporate governance section and related ETF products have been set up, and a series of professional training and follow-up tutorials for independent directors and board secretaries introduced.
The subprime loan crisis in the US and the subsequent world financial crisis in 2008 resulted from deficiencies in corporate governance. It is a common concern and challenge for all international companies to set up internal control procedures responsive to regulation, to allocate and balance power among Directors of the Board and to disclose sufficient information for better transparency. For all public companies, I believe a foundation of sound corporate governance stems from the effectiveness of the board of directors and independent directors, and from information disclosure practices. The three awards to be granted from the Shanghai Stock Exchange are strong evidence of support for the establishment of effective corporate governance. I would like to raise awareness of the importance of a Board Secretary in a company as she/he is responsible for corporate governance and information disclosure. The board secretary assumes similar responsibilities as the company secretary, both of whom are vital in ensuring good corporate governance.
Though corporate governance regulations differ in different legal systems, the concepts and practices amongst international companies are becoming increasingly more reflective of each other. Principles and practices developed in different countries are increasingly similar to each other, for example, internal control of listed companies after the financial crises, and regulation of the financial reports of listed companies. A new development is the regulators’ focus on the non-financial section of reporting – integrated reporting covering corporate social responsibility and environmental concerns. At the same time, the board secretary, who manages the operation of board, is assuming greater responsibility in implementing corporate governance practices. Hong Kong regulators are preparing consultation documents on the role of company secretary.
A McKinsey research shows that international institutional investors are willing to pay a 30 per cent premium to buy stock of companies with sound corporate governance. Research conducted by the Shanghai Stock Exchange yields a similar result regarding investment biases of Qualified Foreign Institutional Investors (QFII) when buying A-shares. However, it is hard to get an objective evaluation of corporate governance because different companies adopt different codes and standards. Furthermore, the person responsible for corporate governance at a public company in different securities markets may have different qualifications and responsibilities, and this hinders the co-ordinated development of corporate governance worldwide.
The Corporate Secretaries International Association (CSIA) was established in March of this year in Paris. The Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries was one of the founding members and it was my great honour to be the first elected President of the CSIA.
The CSIA represents approximately 70,000 governance professionals from more than 70 countries and territories globally. Full member organisations include national/territorial representative organisations from Hong Kong/China, Australia, India, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Kenya, Malaysia, Singapore, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and affiliated member organisations are from the United States, New Zealand and Sri-Lanka. CSIA’s mission is to develop and grow the study and practice of secretaryship and good governance and to support the professionalisation of corporate secretaryship internationally. CSIA released the publication “20 Practical Steps to Better Governance” to develop international corporate governance codes and is working with the World Trade Organisation to introduce a separate Head in the WTO’s Services Sectoral Classification List with a view to enhancing the recognition and qualification of corporate secretaries and governance professionals.
China’s Twelfth Five-year Plan has formulated the longer term objectives of reform and innovation in China’s financial system, as well as its international development. The theme of this forum is “Construction of the Blue-chip Stock” which manifests the vision of Shanghai is to become an international financial centre and to nurture world-class enterprises that can compete globally. A professional corporate secretary position is important for the advancement of China’s financial market, internal control mechanisms and the international expansion of enterprises. CSIA and The Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries are willing to work with Chinese regulators to contribute to the growth of Chinese capital markets. We are happy to offer our knowledge and experience in corporate governance practices, the professionalisation of board secretaries with international recognition, as well as training of corporate governance practitioners. CSIA sincerely wishes to work closely with all of you, share our information and extensive experience in corporate governance, contribute to China’s securities market and help train financial professionals.
Finally, I wish the Forum great success. Thank you everyone!
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