As the coronavirus pandemic continues to grow and evolve around the worldpublic and private sectors are scrambling to adapt to these times and take effective responses. 

Whilst temporary containment measures are gradually relaxed by the Chinese government, the next step is to focus on mitigating the economic impact of COVID-19 across the Chinese businesses over the long term. This means designing and implementing measures to integrate economic reactivation, investment encouragementand getting the country back on track. To do so – alleviate the economic impact of the COVID-19 epidemic-, the Chinese government have introduced a series of supporting policies at both central and local level.  

On this occasion, CW was pleased to have been invited by The American Chamber of Commerce in South China (AmCham) to host a webinar that took place on 19 April 2020. More than 100 people and companies registered and participated in the webinar focused on business crisis management and the government’s contingency aid offer to Chinese companies. Topics covering everything from how to be prepared for and manage this disruptive and emergency, policies and subsidies related to FDI, to the role of the technology in the era, were discussed. 

Headed by the president of AmCham South China, Harley Seyedin, and with the participation of Thomas Wong, Partner at CW CPA, and Victor Herrera, as the main presenter on behalf of CW, the webinar further enhanced our relationship with American companies in South China. This translates into a greater network of knowledge and advice to all foreign companies established in Mainland China.    

For CW, actively participating in these open discussions means our firm’s commitment with our clients and all those companies running business in Mainland China, sharing valuable information and being able to provide the right services with the highest standards of quality and performance. 

The American Chamber of Commerce in South China (AmCham South China) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating bilateral trade between the United States and the People’s Republic of China. AmCham South China represents more than 2,300 corporate and individual members, and provides dynamic, on-the-ground support for American and International companies doing business in South China. 

Written by Victor Manuel Herrera, Latin Department, CW CPA

In late April, CW had the pleasure to deliver a series of webinars in Mexico, sharing insights, experience and knowledge on how to overcome business challenges during COVID-19. With more than 100 people registered for the webinars and many more watching the video recordings, these webinars resulted from the collaborative efforts with our strategic business partners such as InvestHK and COMCE Sur.  

COVID-19 landed in Latin America on 26 February 2020 when Brazil confirmed its first case. Mexico confirmed its very first case on 28 February in Mexico City. Since then, governments across the region – including Mexico – have taken an array of actions to protect their citizens and reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

With the new coronavirus spreading rapidly across all Latin American countries, the seeming difficulty to stop the spread of coronavirus and the travel restrictions imposed by some governments in the region, it is difficult for LATAM businesses to successfully stay afloat in these times. 

In the next coming months, our Latin Department will continue organizing more webinars on various topics relating to the latest government measures in battling against COVID-19 and helping our clients in Latin America steer clear of any policy uncertainty  

Remarks:  

  • InvestHK is a government department of foreign direct investment in Hong Kong, having a vision to strengthen Hong Kong’s status as the leading international business location in Asia. Its mission is to attract and retain foreign direct investment which is of strategic importance to the economic development of Hong Kong.  
  • COMCE is one of the main organizations dedicated to promoting foreign trade, foreign investment and the development of technology in Mexico. It has more than 50 years of experience in foreign trade promotion and represents around 2,000 exporting companies which carry out approximately 80% of total exports in Mexico. 

Written by Victor Manuel Herrera, Latin Department, CW CPA

Given the current situation of the COVID-19 epidemic around the world, we have been receiving questions about handling special workplace situations.

In response to the uncertainties that disrupt the working life and company businesses, on 6 March 2020, our China Consulting Team (CCT) conducted a webinar in collaboration with the South China Branch of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in China (CCI France Chine).  Speakers included our Legal Advisor, Lily Fan, and, Assistant Admin and HR Manager, Betty Pan.  During the webinar, several human resource topics including employee wage calculations, employee assistance and labor relations amid the outbreak.

Written by Marant Caballero,  Latin Department, CW CPA

Has your team in mainland China returned to the office after the coronavirus outbreak? Please do not hurry in opening the physical premises immediately if your team has not resumed duty yet.

Enterprises should pay special attention to the local administrative rules regarding the work resumption. Please make sure that your enterprise has followed the policy measures closely and completed the necessary paperwork required by local authorities to apply for resumption of work with a disease control team at the street or district level in advance.

We have summarized some of the general requirements as follows.

1. Prevention and control mechanism are in place
Enterprises should formulate and improve epidemic prevention and control measures and emergency plans. Accountability system and the responsibilities of each person-in-charge at all levels shall be defined. An epidemic prevention and management system shall be established.

2. Staff monitoring is in place
Enterprises must do a good job of employee monitoring and registration. Each employee who resumes duties shall have his/her health conditions and travel history within the past 14 days reported to the enterprise. For those employees who are from or have been to seriously affected areas, a record should be set up and health management measures shall be taken. They may report duty if they do not have symptoms after 14 days of observation. Those who are still stranded in seriously affected areas should be asked to postpone their return to the office.

3. Facilities and materials are in place
Enterprises must prepare necessary epidemic prevention materials, such as infrared thermometers, disinfectants and surgical masks, and set up quarantine areas. Enterprises whose conditions do not allow such set up should specify the quarantine observation sites and register with the local bureau according to the unified arrangements of the located city and the district.

4. Internal management is in place
Enterprises should do a good job of ventilation, disinfection and sanitation management of the workplace and the staff quarters. In principle, enterprises should adopt “closed-off” management and a flexible work system. It is strictly forbidden that unrelated personnel enter the workplace of the enterprise. Body temperature of all entering personnel should be detected. Enterprises should encourage the implementation of shift work, online work platforms, videoconferencing and decentralized dining in order to reduce the staff movements and the risk of mass gathering.

5. Publicity and education are in place.
Enterprises should formulate staff training plans for epidemic prevention and control. Propagandas should be set up in prominent locations of the workplace for the mass education of epidemic prevention and control, improving the knowledge of the personnel. Publicity and education should be properly done through multiple channels.

Prior to the resumption of work, the company should take measures to ensure the health and safety of all the employees. Epidemic prevention facilities and materials, such as quarantine areas, surgical masks and disinfectants, should be prepared.

CW is glad to assist your company to prepare for resumption of work. Once you decide to resume the physical premises for work, please let us know and do not worry about the administrative work involved. Please plan ahead accordingly.

Written by Edwin Yin and Toby Wong, China Consultancy Team, CW CPA

 

CW was invited to the 2019 Investment Promotion Conference of the Design Capital of Guangzhou on 26 July 2019.

The Design Capital will be located in the northern corner of Baiyun New Town (downtown area) for design-related companies, R&D centers, and industrial design offices. With Mountain Baiyun to its east and Baiyun Lake to its west, it lies in the leading position of Guangzhou-Shenzhen Technological Innovation Aisle and the innovation nodal point in Guangzhou Airport Economy Model Zone.

Four major design sectors, three service platforms with twenty-one programs will be laid out in an attempt to build all-in-one industrial and residential facilities covering such functions as office, business, exhibition, accommodation, and leisure. As a key municipal program, the Design Capital is positioned to be molded into an international brand cradle for aggregation of design industries in Guangzhou-Hong Kong-Macao Great Bay Area, the first trade center for the Belt and Road Initiative design services in South China and the first B2B sharing platform for the design industry in Guangzhou.

Written by Gabriela A. Lenis, Latin Department, CW CPA

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