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Australia Week in China 2016

11 April 2016

The second Australia Week in China led by the Minister for Trade and Investment, The Hon Steven Ciobo, is now well under way. Australia’s largest ever trade mission, comprised of over 1000 business people, has been joined by the State Premiers of Queensland and Tasmania; Minister for Tourism and International Education, The Hon Richard Colbeck; Trade Special Envoy, Andrew Robb, and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. 

Over the past three days participants have taken part in eight business streams including agribusiness, financial services, international education, health & aged care, innovation, tourism, premium food & beverage and urban sustainability & water management.

The program is comprised of 150 events across 10 Chinese cities including Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Shenyang and Shenzhen. These trade, investment, education and tourism promotion events have been designed to highlight commercial opportunities underpinned by the rise of an affluent middle class and the China Australia Free Trade Agreement.

Key events include the Australia China Business Awards held last night, the Plenary Session moderated by ACBC National President, The Hon John Brumby, with keynote address from Trade Minister, The Hon Steven Ciobo, and the AWIC Gala Lunch which will be attended by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today.


Austrade has attributed more than $1 billion  in export sales and more than $3 billion in investment to last year’s Australia Week in China. "We expect AWIC 2016 to generate similar outcomes and be the catalyst for significant export sales, as well as investment into Australia, further driving jobs and growth," Trade Minister Ciobo said.
 
“We want to develop key relationships, people to people, because ultimately the benchmark of success will be building these relationships, growing Australian exports [and] investments, and that will under-source economic growth for many years to come”.