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Sydney: 2018 Australia-China Trade Summit - Food. Agribusiness. Services. Technology.

04 December 2018

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Australia-China Trade Summit: Food. Agribusiness. Services. Technology.

Event Overview

At the ACBC Business Forum in March 2018, the Hon. Niall Blair announced he would attend the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) in November. Following his visit to China, he will be our keynote speaker at the 2018 Australia-China Trade Summit.

This is an exciting opportunity to hear from the Minister as well as a range of experts and industry leaders in agriculture, food and beverage, services and technology.

While food and agribusiness will be the focus, event attendees will gain key insights and learnings from this significant trade sector to apply back to their business.

Event Details

Date: Tuesday, 4 December 2018.

Time: 9:00am arrival and registration, 9:30am start - 4:00pm.

Event Status: Members and non-members.

Venue: Four Seasons Hotel, 199 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000.

Format: Summit (presentation and panel discussions).

Tickets: $250 Member, $340 Non-Member (plus GST and eventbrite processing fees).

Group Tickets (10 tickets): $2,100 Member, $3,000 Non-Member (unreserved). To receive this ticket price you must purchase a minimum of 10 tickets at the time of booking.

Why Attend

  • Hear from Minister Blair about his recent trip to the China International Import Expo (CIIE) and the opportunities ahead for Australian businesses.

  • Be updated with the latest news in the food and agribusiness, along with related services and technology.

  • Network with peers from government, corporate and industry groups.

  • Achieve critical insights about trends in the sector.

  • Gain access to relevant networks and influencers.

  • Take away key insights and learnings from other industries to apply to your business.

The 2018 Australia-China Trade Summit will be structured in three key sessions:

  • Insights – from thought leaders and industry experts.
  • Inspiration – through case studies covering challenges and success stories.
  • Implementation – practical advice on how to make it happen.



The Hon. Niall Blair MP, Minister for Primary Industries, Minister for Regional Water, and Minister for Trade and Industry.


  • Dr Craig Emerson, President, ACBC NSW (former Federal Trade Minister).
  • Anne Maree Weston, Senior Investment Specialist, Austrade.
  • Joshua Zhou, Founder and CEO, AuMake.
  • Benjamin Sun, Managing Director, Think China.
  • Peter Verry, Managing Director, Peloris Global Sourcing.
  • Madam Wang Hongbo, Commercial Counselor, Consulate General of People's Republic of China in Sydney
  • Doug Ferguson, Partner in Charge, Asia & International Markets and Deal Advisory Partner, KPMG
  • Damian Shaw, Managing Director, Philip Shaw Wines, Orange
  • Caddie Marshall, General Manager, Orange360 (Orange region)
  • Angus Barnes, Executive Officer of NSW Wine Industry Association and Chair of Wine Communicators of Australia
  • Jason Li, Chairman, Vantage Holdings.
  • Lei Zhang, CFO, Yancoal.
  • John Baird, CEO, Ultimo Digital Technologies.
  • Sara Cheng, Head of China Practice, Australian Business Solutions Group (part of the NSW Business Chamber).
  • Chinese government representation.
  • Australian & Chinese high-profile business leaders.

Stay tuned for more speaker and panellist announcements.

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Insights - From Thought Leaders and Industry Experts

Gain the latest insights:

  • China Economic Outlook: What it means for Australian business.
  • China-Australia food and agribusiness relationship: The view from Beijing.
  • China market insights: Trends in food and agribusiness in China.
  • Market Sentiment: Latest findings from KPMG-ACBC 'Doing Business in China' Report.

Inspiration - Back Stories on Great Australian Successes

Be inspired by Australian business success stories as well as some of the pitfalls and challenges with doing business in China.

  • China International Import Expo - Emerging opportunities and the NSW Government's China business strategy.
  • High-growth food and beverage.
  • High value products for the premium market.
  • Tapping into China's wellbeing market.
  • Wine industry - challenges on the way to outstanding success.
  • Panel - Orange 360 - see how this NSW region is bringing food, wine and services together.

Inspiration - Technology Transforming Trade.

Learn how technology is changing the face of trade with China.

  • E-commerce: alternative platforms.
  • IoT: how it will change how we trade with China.
  • Blockchain: Transforming global agricultural supply chains.
  • Tech start-ups: Australian solutions to Chinese challenges.

Implementation - How to Make it Happen

Attendees will have the opportunity to create an Action Plan to grow their presence in China. To assist with this, key experts will share how they implemented their China Strategy and what they learnt.

  • Marketing to Chinese consumers: Strategies for adapting your projects.
  • Building your digital brand: How to reach tech-savvy Chinese consumers.
  • Daigou phenomenon: Marketing through online and offline channels.
  • Bringing it together: Growth through multiple distribution channels.
  • Practical advice: The lessons from 1000+ exporters.

For exporters

  • Building your digital brand.
  • Marketing strategy for Chinese premium consumers.
  • Finding good business partners.

For investors

  • Identifying opportunities.
  • Navigating approval processes.
  • Building social licence.