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24 March 2017

China’s Premier, Li Keqiang, will join Australia’s Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, Chinese and Australian Ministers, Chinese Provincial Governors and 400 businesspeople when he delivers the keynote address to the Australia China Economic and Trade Cooperation Forum in Sydney on Friday.
The Forum, organised by the Australia China Business Council (ACBC) in collaboration with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), will bring together Australian and Chinese representatives from the highest levels of government and business to discuss trade, investment and broader economic cooperation.
The Hon John Brumby, National ACBC President said: “This week’s visit will be the most important to Australia by a Chinese Leader since President Xi Jinping visited in 2014, with the Forum being the largest business event during the Premier’s visit.”
Accompanying the Premier will be the Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), He Lifeng, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Commerce Minister Mr Zhong Shan and Director of the State Council Research Office, Huang Shouheng, eight Provincial Governors, 150 business leaders from China and 50 representatives of 2 Chinese state-owned enterprises and private companies with a presence in Australia.
They will be joined by Prime Minister Turnbull, key Australian Economic Ministers and 200 senior Australian business leaders.
New South Wales Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, who will be involved in an earlier Leaders’ Roundtable with the Chinese delegation and other Federal, State and Territory Leaders, will deliver the dinner address.
The Forum’s theme is: Innovation: New Pathways to Cooperation. It will include business panel sessions involving the Chinese and Australian sides.
Mr Brumby said: “Innovation is the key to raising Australia’s productivity and setting us up for a strong economic future.
“The rapidly growing Chinese middle class is demanding innovative new products and services, and China will soon be the world’s largest spender on R&D.
By forming partnerships with China, we can unlock new possibilities in innovation.”
The Forum is supported by the China Chamber of Commerce in Australia (CCCA) and the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade).
Premier Li will deliver his keynote address at 5.40pm followed by Prime Minister Turnbull’s address.
The event is sponsored by eight leading organisations (see below).
For further information:

  • Helen Sawczak, National CEO, ACBC
  • +61(0)407 362 228