There is hardly any business that isn't concerned with data privacy protection today.
Organizations are called upon to demonstrate greater privacy accountability, and emerging regulations are expected to test compliance on a larger scale than before. Technology, which both erodes and protects privacy, will nonetheless remain as an important growth driver, particularly for media and entertainment companies.
For financial institutions, changing economic, market and regulatory forces continue to challenge their growth. Emerging markets offer great potential. We share a new report ranking insurance opportunities, risks and volatility in 21 rapid-growth markets, and the growth forecasts of these markets in two of our reports. To thrive in BRICs, securing top talent will be an enlarged focus for businesses. We also offer views on why Africa’s ongoing political and socioeconomic progress is getting unparalleled attention from foreign investors everywhere.
Across Asia, Europe and North America, CFOs and finance leaders are finding operational efficiency and reporting compliance to be key success factors, based on our inaugural 2014 global private equity survey. Also, in making capital decisions, more and more companies are open to divestments to focus on areas that offer higher value for their stakeholders.
Lastly, join us at our upcoming events as we discuss how the Budget 2014 proposals will impact businesses and the latest Singapore tax developments, among others.
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With this, I wish you a pleasant read.
Managing Partner, Asean and Singapore
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Here are highlights of some of our upcoming events. For the full list of events, please click here.
Practical Complexities in a Simple Goods and Services Tax (GST)
10-11 March, 24-25 April, 22-23 May
According to the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore's Annual report 2012/2013, from a GST compliance perspective, $109 million in taxes and penalities were collected as a result of GST audits and investigations. The majority of GST errors are often due to the lack of knowledge of the GST rules and regulations.
Join us at our GST workshops to learn how to better tackle these issues, and keep abreast of any GST changes.
Transaction Leaders Forum
Investing into Africa: securing opportunities and navigating the challenges
Tuesday, 11 March
According to the International Monetary Fund, growth in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is expected to average 4.8% in 2012 and 5.8% in 2013. The Economist has also predicted that between 2011 and 2015, seven of the world's 10 fastest-growing economies will be African.
At this forum, gain an overview of the opportunities for investors in infrastructure (especially transportation), energy and education. Learn about the market entry strategies for these markets, using the European Union as one of the gateways to Africa, and how international communities assist in access to capital.
By invitation only. Contact Teh Seng Leong, Satoshi Abe and Tan Cheng Hoong to know more.
Budget Seminar 2014
Thursday, 13 March
How will the Singapore Budget 2014 proposals impact you and your business? Join us at our Budget Seminar to understand the key Budget changes and their implications on your business. Learn the issues that may arise and discover planning opportunities as you stay updated on recent Singapore and international tax developments.
EY's Tax leadership and guest speaker Dr. Tan Khee Giap will share their in-depth perspectives on the Budget proposals and the evolving tax landscape in Singapore. Find out more.