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EASTxWEST Forum 2016

11 April 2016 to 13 April 2016

Shenzhen, China

EASTxWEST Forum 2016

Cultural Exchange | Education | Investment Matching | Tourism | Migration | Site Visits

The EASTxWEST Forum 2016 offers an opportunity for the exchange of culture, knowledge and innovation between China and Australia’s North West. Held in Shenzhen during the Australia Week in China, the Forum delivers a challenging schedule of activities designed to stimulate understanding, collaboration, and fresh thinking for the future of this pivotal relationship.

The Forum is centred around five streams (cultural exchange, education, investment, tourism, and migration) and will also include a site visit to the successful Shenzhen Special Economic Zone. The Forum will also offer specific investment matching opportunities for project proponents seeking to attract Chinese investment into projects that contribute to the development of northern Australia.
The Forum also offers a diverse range of cultural interactions; with performances by the Australian Girls Choir, the Shenzhen University performing arts department, and special guest artist-in-residence interspersed with unique access to Chinese cultural experiences.

We are very excited that this year’s event will be held in collaboration with the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade), the Pilbara Development Commission, the Australia China Business Council (WA), and the China-Australia Chamber of Commerce in Beijing (AustCham Beijing). Each of these partner organisations makes a strong contribution to the development of regional Australia and the Australia-China relationship, and will bring enormous value to the program. 

For more information, please visit www.eastxwest.com.au.

  • Date & Time:  Monday 11 – Wednesday 13 April 2016 / Opening address starts at 8:45am on 11 April 2016.
  • Venue: Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Registration: Event registration is by invitation only, is not open to the public, and is not transferrable. If you have received an invitation and are experiencing technical issues, please contact us directly. 


  • Ms Sangeeta Venkatesan, Head of RMB & China Solutions for Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • Ms Alannah Mactiernan MP, Former State Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, Federal Member for Perth
  • Ms Melissa Price MP (TBC), Member, Joint Select Committee - Northern Australia, Member for Durack
  • Ms Jacqui Boydell MLC, Member of the Legislative Council for the Mining and Pastoral Region
  • Mr Chris Adams, CEO, City of Karratha
  • Mr Bruce Cheung, Chairman, Pardoo Beef Corporation
  • Cr Lynne Craigie, Chair of Pilbara Regional Council, President of WALGA, President of Shire of East Pilbara
  • Prof Allan Dale, Northern Australia Alliance
  • Mr Adam Handley, President ACBC (WA)
  • Major General John Hartley AO (Ret’d), Director and CEO, Future Directions International
  • Mr Terry Hill (TBC), Acting Chief Executive Officer of Pilbara Development Commission
  • Prof Michael Keane, Professor of Chinese Media and Cultural Studies for Curtin University
  • Mr Richard Offen, Executive Director, Heritage Perth
  • Mr Keiran Sullivan, Director - Business Advisory for RSM Australia
  • Mr Matthew Tobin, Co-founder, Urban Art Projects


For general enquiries:

Scott Stirling

Pilbara Regional Council

(08) 9467 2456


For more information, please visit www.eastxwest.com.au