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Event Recap: Understanding ChAFTA - Gippsland, Victoria Forum

11 September 2015

On Friday 11 September, ACBC Victoria’s China Business Network hosted its Understanding ChAFTA forum in Traralgon, Gippsland. As part of the regional Growing Business Opportunities with China series, the forum highlighted the significant opportunities for the local Gippsland business community in light of the recently signed China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA).

The event featured an extensive panel of speakers including The Hon Ken Smith, Vice President, ACBC Victoria, Mr Russel Wiese, Partner, Hunt & Hunt Lawyers, Mr Robbie Burns, General Manager, China Sales Co, Mr Barry White, ProEx Developments, Mr Peter Tuohey, President, Victorian Farmers Federation and Mr Jack Jiang, CEO, Tabro Meats. The speakers discussed a broad range of topics addressing what the FTA will mean to local industries in the Gippsland region, the content of ChAFTA, E-commerce in China, marketing in China, issues of cultural sensitivity and case studies of local business success stories. The forum shed light on the importance of Victoria’s agricultural industries in relation to the FTA and focused in particular on the opportunities that will present themselves given China’s rapidly growing middle-class.

With over 60 attendees from local business communities and members from State and local governments, a vibrant Q&A session drove a fascinating discussion of how local businesses can take advantage of the ChAFTA. The event was well received as a resounding success.

ACBC Victoria would again like to extend our gratitude to Tabro Meats Pty Ltd for sponsoring this event. ACBC Victoria is looking to extend the Understanding ChAFTA series throughout the state and to follow ACBC Victoria’s engagement with regional Victoria, please visit our regional website or contact Regional Development Manager James Scullin at   

To hear from some of our speakers and to learn more about the Growing Business Opportunities with China Project and the development of regional Victorian networks, please click here