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  • Doing business in Asia - Pacific: APEC 2015: PwC
    South Korea Spain Sweden Switzerland United Kingdom United States Complete list of PwC territory sites Where Asia Pacific is leading the world PwC reveals APEC CEO insights in a survey of 800 business leaders as well as the tracking of talent migrations Tomorrow major city rankings Featured news APEC CEO survey report launches at the APEC CEO Summit in Manila Philippines Global worker report also unveiled Results of our study of 28 cities throughout the 21 economies For the fifth year PwC is knowledge partner to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation APEC CEO Summit Our 5th APEC CEO survey launched today at the APEC CEO Summit in Manila the Philippines revealing the views of over 800 business leaders Economic volatility has shaken confidence but stunning advances in technology and connectivity are coming to boost trade and augment inclusive growth a story told in interviews and infographics And we examine talent mobility How can workers move more fluidly among APEC economies With urbanization on the rise we created the first APEC cities report analyzing 28 key urban centers across the 21 economies What city received top ranking What can cities teach each other Dennis Nally gives an overview of the most interesting things PwC learned from 800 CEOs operating in the APEC region What s the mood for the 2016 economy What risks do they worry about What make them optimistic about the region through 2020 2016 CEO Outlook Want to know how 800 APEC business leaders see the future The Asia Pacific growth strategy is changing Explore the findings Watch the interviews Building Better Cities We examine 28 Asia Pacific cities across 39 indicators of success Which ones have innovated for excellence And which are top cities for livability Explore the findings The 21st century global worker Talent has its

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  • Building market awareness on important business and tax considerationsOman Budget Commentary
    States Complete list of PwC territory sites Building market awareness on important business and tax considerations PwC Bahrain holds U S Real Estate seminar Bahrain 02 February 2016 PwC Bahrain held a seminar in the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay on Monday 1 February 2016 on investing in commercial real estate in the United States Mr Ken Healy PwC Tax Partner based in Bahrain welcomed the guests and introduced the keynote speaker Mr Oliver Reichel PwC s U S real estate inbound tax leader from PwC s New York office The purpose of the seminar was to build market awareness on important business and tax considerations for investors when looking for opportunities During the seminar Oliver addressed current trends challenges and changes to tax law affecting real estate investments by non U S persons He provided with an insight on tax matters relevant to U S real estate investment such as tax exemptions for sovereign investors debt financing and Shari ah compliance The seminar was attended by members of the Bahrain business community including local and international private equity firms investment banks and family businesses ENDS About PwC At PwC our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems We re a network of firms in 157 countries with more than 208 000 people who are committed to delivering quality in assurance advisory and tax services Find out more and tell us what matters to you by visiting us at www pwc com Established in the Middle East for 40 years PwC has firms in Bahrain Egypt Iraq Jordan Kuwait Lebanon Libya Oman the Palestinian territories Qatar Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates with around 4 000 people www pwc com me PwC refers to the PwC network and or one or more of its member

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  • PwC Fraud Forum gives latest insight into Conflict of Interest Management
    the centre of these frauds and can be mitigated against Whilst it is notoriously difficult to draw a clear link between conflicts of interest and these frauds the experts and attendees acknowledged the real risk of loss due to unmanaged or undisclosed conflicts of interest between their own staff and other parties such as suppliers During the forum the attendees heard about the latest trends in defining conflicts of interest and their impact the layered approach to risk mitigation the key components of effective conflict management and the next steps on what to do In addition attendees heard from PwC experts on the variety of sophisticated tools available to them to identify potential conflicts Courtenay Smith PwC Middle East Corporate Intelligence Leader added In this day and age technology is an integral part of identifying conflicts of interest Specialised tools enable companies to collate large amounts of data on third parties and individuals to identify connections which have not been declared Coupling this with comprehensive policies and procedures and companies will be well placed to mitigate the risk conflicts and manage them when they do occur James Tebbs PwC s Financial Crime leader said It will be interesting to see what the 2016 Global Economic Crime Survey results reveal in just over a month s time and whether the UAE has tightened its figures around fraud suffered in the procurement processes The PwC Fraud Forum is a platform through which attendees can share knowledge and participate in research to help prevent detect and investigate fraud and economic crime in all its forms Participants receive technical updates on fraud prevention and detection issues as well as having the opportunity to meet periodically with other PwC Fraud Forum members to exchange knowledge ideas and experiences Attendees at the event included C suite

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  • Oman Budget Commentary
    decrease in non essential contract expenditure may impact businesses seeking government contracts similar to the past On the other hand the planned privatisation of certain government activities such as in Saudi Arabia may result in increased business opportunities across numerous sectors including education healthcare and transport We note that the proposal to increase the corporate income tax rate from 12 to 15 as well as the removal of the tax exemption for the first OMR 30 000 of a taxpayer s taxable earnings has been approved by the Shura Council and will be implemented in the near future Adding Government subsidy spending is reduced by 64 in 2016 and includes the deregulation of petrol prices taking effect 15th January 2016 From now on fuel prices will be set monthly similar to the UAE Key points Budgeted oil and gas revenues have been reduced by 33 compared to last year Total budgeted expenditure for 2016 is OMR 11 900m down from the 11 estimated actual 2015 spending of OMR 13 400m Proposal of future increases in the rate of corporate income tax from 12 to 15 The 2016 budget deficit is OMR 3 3 billion Postponement of some government contracts that haven t been awarded Bigger role for the private sector in the public sector including in education healthcare and transport For more information or to have a conversation with PwC experts please visit the following link About PwC At PwC our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems We re a network of firms in 157 countries with more than 208 000 people who are committed to delivering quality in assurance advisory and tax services Find out more and tell us what matters to you by visiting us at www pwc com Established in the Middle

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  • Saudi Arabia takes a quantum leap in e-government services, making a taxpayer’s process with the department of Zakat and Income Taxes (DZIT) through electronic portals
    modernise the DZIT system and move away from manual processes In 2014 DZIT signed an agreement with an IT solutions company to set up and implement Tax and Revenue Management System The aim is to facilitate the whole of the taxpayer s process with DZIT through an electronic portal in order to process revenue verification and promptly raise any outstanding tax liability to reduce delays in the payment of Zakat and tax As a first step DZIT initiated online Zakat filing in 2013 which was strictly enforced from 2014 and onwards In 2014 withholding tax filing was made online to streamline and auto update the taxpayer s records with the DZIT Registering for tax Zakat number has also been made online The DZIT is in the process to prepare platform for e tax filing for 100 tax payer companies and mixed entities i e which pay Zakat as well as tax According to the report by 2014 84 economies had fully implemented electronic filing and payment of taxes In 2005 the earliest year for which we have data only 46 economies had such a system Economies which have invested in online filing and payment infrastructure are reaping a digital dividend from these systems On the other hand the recent discussions on the implementation of VAT in the GCC will transform the tax system in Saudi Arabia Although VAT will be adopted at a GCC level it will be applied at a national level Commenting on the report Jeanine Daou Partner and Middle East Leader for Indirect Taxes and Fiscal Policy said the Paying Taxes report helps inform the discussion around tax reform a topic that is currently extremely relevant in the GCC Governments must now make decisions concerning key elements in the system including the simplification and harmonization of the compliance requirements as well as the extent to which VAT is deductible to remain neutral for businesses She added that Saudi Arabia and GCC governments will have to make strategic decisions on the harmonization of the VAT in the GCC Harmonization is needed to make the system fully efficient and compatible with the requirements of a true common GCC market that promotes cross border activities reducing VAT compliance costs for GCC businesses and contributing significantly to increasing the competitiveness of GCC companies Non harmonization may lead to double taxation or non taxation within the GCC which creates opportunities for abusive schemes Non harmonization may also impact competitiveness between the GCC States where specific sectors are not subject to the same VAT treatment leading to businesses establishing in more favorable jurisdictions Saudi Arabia currently holds 3 rd place ranking in the overall global tax ranking with a Total Tax Rate of 15 64 hours and three payments Overall ranking for Middle East countries ranking in the global top 50 Qatar and United Arab Emirates 1 st Saudi Arabia 3 rd Bahrain 8 th Oman 10 th Kuwait 11 th Lebanon 45 th Jordan 52 nd please note that Egypt was ranked

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  • Our Region, Our Responsibility - Corporate Responsibility Report FY14-FY15
    Corporate Responsibility Report FY14 FY15 In the Middle East ME our CR strategy focuses on education and entrepreneurship diversity and inclusion and commitment to local community related initiatives Welcome to the third edition of the Middle East Corporate Responsibility CR report Through our CR agenda we can be part of the solution to global challenges by delivering on our strategic intent Doing the right thing by playing our part in promoting responsible business practices that are central to our business from the quality of our services and building an inclusive workplace to our engagement with communities and minimising our environmental footprint Being a catalyst for change by using our skills voices and relationships to work with others and influence activities that make a difference create change and have a lasting impact on the world around us In the Middle East ME our CR strategy focuses on education and entrepreneurship diversity and inclusion and commitment to local community related initiatives We believe our strategy resonates with key themes relevant to our region including youth education women empowerment and employment of nationals Through our Global People Survey GPS results our people have told us that they recognise the progress we are making in CR in the ME We have come a long way in our CR journey and while we re proud of the progress we ve made we are aware that there is a lot more that needs to be done We will continue our work towards ensuring our CR initiatives are aligned with the PwC purpose to build trust in society and solve important problems Our people said I am satisfied with the actions PwC is taking to be socially responsible e g supporting community events organisations and charities I am satisfied that PwC is responding appropriately to address the

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  • Middle East Power & Utility Sector Snapshot - 18th Annual Global CEO Survey
    Japan Mexico Middle East Netherlands Russia Singapore South Africa South Korea Spain Sweden Switzerland United Kingdom United States Complete list of PwC territory sites Middle East Power Utility Sector Snapshot Download 18th Annual Global CEO Survey Following the launch of the 18th Annual Global CEO Survey earlier this year we created an industry snapshot completely dedicated to the Middle East region highlighting the industry trends and the viewpoint of regional Power Utilities CEO s on the challenges and opportunities faced by the sector On a global level the Power Utilities industry is like many others facing an increasingly challenging era not least because of the new low oil price as well as other key sector trends including Disruptive megatrends and changes in customer and competitor behaviour Changing their business model to effectively compete and the effects of doing so Creating efficiency through the use of new technologies Forging new alliances and finding new partners The latest CEO Survey is available in full on our dedicated website where you can also explore the data by industry or country In addition you can also access the newly released 14th Global Power Utilities Survey here which carried out with 73 senior executives across

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  • Middle East Oil & Gas Sector Snapshot - 18th Annual Global CEO Survey
    Mexico Middle East Netherlands Russia Singapore South Africa South Korea Spain Sweden Switzerland United Kingdom United States Complete list of PwC territory sites Middle East Oil Gas Sector Snapshot Download 18th Annual Global CEO Survey Following the launch of the 18th Annual Global CEO Survey earlier this year we have created an industry snapshot completely dedicated to the Middle East region highlighting the industry trends and the viewpoint of regional Oil Gas CEO s on the challenges and opportunities faced by the sector On a global level the Oil Gas industry is facing challenges that arise as a result of a new low oil price and whilst this will impact different regions in different ways regional industry executives are looking it from a number of angles Using this new oil price environment to focus on building a more skilled adaptable workforce Optimism in spite of the price drop with many confident of continued growth Creating efficiency from digital investments Finding new ways of working and an increasing appetite for dynamic partnerships The latest CEO Survey is available in full on our dedicated website where you can also explore the data by industry or country If you would like to discuss

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