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Media Release: Taking Australian C-Suite and Boardroom to China

01 July 2019


Taking Australian C-Suite and Boardroom to China

ACBC, Austrade and the Business Council of Australia are delighted to announce a new initiative to take the Australian C-Suite and Boardroom to China to learn first-hand about our largest trading partner on a China Study Tour for Australian Directors.

Initially, the China Study Tour will be run as a pilot program in March next year for 12 executives. Details include:

  • March 2020 – 5-day tour to Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Shenzhen
  • Pre-departure briefing luncheon in Sydney/Melbourne with cultural, geopolitical & business update
  • Visits to Alibaba HQ, Tencent, BYD, Hema Fresh, NetEase Kaola, Huawei
  • Dinners with Australian and Chinese government and corporate leaders

Last year as we celebrated 45 years of diplomatic relations with China, bilateral trade topped $183 billion, 1.4 million Chinese tourists visited Australia, 166,000 Chinese students enrolled in our universities and we recorded more than one million people living in Australia with Chinese heritage. The Hon. Warwick Smith AO, Chairman, China Leadership Group for the Business Council of Australia said: “Our relationship with China remains crucial to our future economic prosperity, and it is imperative that Australian Executives and Directors have current knowledge and experience in this ever-changing dynamic market.”

Utilising Austrade’s extensive network and deep experience in China, this brief but exciting tour through one of the world’s economic powerhouses will be designed to showcase cutting edge innovation and technology.

Stephanie Fahey, CEO of Austrade said: “We want to equip our board directors and executives with a nuanced understanding of China, its systems, the dynamism of its market and the enormous potential that exists there for Australian business.”

John Brumby National President ACBC said: “Since 1973 ACBC has worked with a clear mission to strengthen bilateral trade and investment and economic cooperation. China’s economic, technological and regulatory environment is changing rapidly, and this high-level study tour will ensure that the Australian

C-Suite and Boardroom are well-placed to help Australia realise its full economic potential in this dynamic market.

The Pilot Program will be officially announced at ACBC’s annual signature event Canberra Networking Day on 26 June in Parliament House. Canberra Networking Day is open to the media.  More details and the full agenda can be found at

Key Details:

Date: Wednesday 26 June 2019

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Address: Theatre, Australian Parliament House, Canberra


For further information regarding the China Study Tour for Australian Directors:

Helen Sawczak, National CEO, ACBC, 0407 362 228


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