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Sunshine Coast - ChAFTA Training Program

15 March 2017

USC Auditorium, Innovation Centre, University of Sunshine Coast, 90 Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs, 4556

Learn how to utilise ChAFTA to achieve deeper access to the China market for your business.       
The Australia China Business Council is pleased to invite you to our ChAFTA Training Program Sunshine Coast
The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) entered into force on 20 December 2015, providing Australian businesses with unprecedented access to the China market. Made possible by a generous grant from The Australian Government, the ACBC, in collaboration with the Export Council of Australia (ECA), are taking to all corners of Australia to provide Australian SMEs with the expertise and practical knowledge for how firms can maximise their opportunities under the landmark agreement.
The ChAFTA Training Program will open with a morning workshop hosted by the Export Council of Australia, focusing on the technical aspects of ChAFTA such as:
  • the role of FTAs and their benefit to Australian companies;
  • the role of FTAs in targeting new markets and opportunities;
  • the practicalities of classifying products and Certificate of Origin requirements; and
  • a check-list of items to consider before entering China
ACBC will lead the second session that will focus on the practical side of doing business with China, such as:
  • the latest business trends and China market analysis;
  • invaluable Case Study experience of doing business with China;
  • targeted industry specific advice; and
  • the cultural nuances of doing business with China.
This program will include morning tea and lunch, and will provide opportunities for Q&A and networking.    

Workshop Speakers

Nussara Smith, CEO, Australia-China Business Council QLD

Nussara has over 20 year experience in international business development and was formerly Director Asia Operations in Trade and Investment Queensland

Collins Rex - Export Council of Australia

Collins joined the Export Council of Australia in June 2009 as the Victorian State Manager, with responsibility for managing the Export programs and activities in that State. Collins now heads up the ECA’s product and skills development teams. Collins has over 25 years’ general management, marketing and communications experience. She has owned and operated her own businesses on two continents, and has worked as an award-winning radio and television broadcaster. For close on 20 years, Collins has specialized in the management of industry bodies and not-for-profit organizations, and she has coordinated and managed several major events, including the Interact Asia Pacific Multimedia Festival. Collins has extensive experience working with Government, industry Clusters, and SMEs. 

Stewart Dellar, Principal, Premier Resources Group

Stewart has expertise in international strategy development and implementation, particularly in China and Asia.  Stewart was President of BlueScope China (2008-2010) and President – BlueScope Asia, Building Solutions (2010-14) and he is currently consulting domestically and internationally.  He has 25 years executive leadership and experience in international business in industries such as manufacturing, building and construction, resources oil & gas, professional services, hospitality and capital investments.

Christopher HewittPartner, Moulis Legal

Chris has a master’s degree in Chinese law from the East China University of Politics and Law, in Shanghai, and the University of Sydney. His firm exports a range of services to corporates and governments in China. Chris has worked in China and with Chinese businesses for over 10 years and is a regular speaker at national and international conferences on investment and business in China

Adam Pearce Associate Director, SME - QLD & NT, Efic

Adam has 15 years of regional, corporate and business banking experience, focusing on managing customers across diverse industries including professional services, real-estate, manufacturing, engineering, natural resources, and AXS listed companies. Prior to joining Efic, Adam was Senior Specialist Property and Specialist Emerging Corporate Manager (regional QLD).  As Australia’s export credit agency, Efic understands the challenges faced by exporters including Financing issues, varied payment terms and the significant lag between production and payment. Efic can help you get the financial support you need when your bank is unable to help. With Efic’s support, businesses like Australian Organic Meats and AgriDirect have been able to deliver on significant contracts and grow their business overseas. 
Event Details:
  • Date: Wednesday, 15 March 2017
  • Time:  10:15am for 10:30am start - session ends at 3.30pm
  • Venue: USC Auditorium, Innovation Centre
  • Cost:  $65
  • Inquiries: nussara.smith@acbc.com.au
  • Click Here to Register

This Activity received funding from the Australian Government as part of the Free Trade Agreement Training Provider Grant Program.