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MEDIA RELEASE: Regional forums to help business capitalise on China trade opportunities

11 September 2014


11 September 2014

Regional forums to help business capitalise on China trade opportunities

Businesses in Victoria's regional areas are invited to take part in free forums that will help them take advantage of trade opportunities with China, thanks to a grant from the Victorian State Government, Regional Development Victoria.

"China presents huge opportunities for Victorian exporters; it's our largest export market, contributing $3.2 billion in export value to the State economy," said Barry White, Director of the Australia China Business Council (ACBC) Victoria.

"Many businesses probably are not aware that exports to China from Victoria grew by an astonishing 80 per cent in the five years to 2011-12. We want regional businesses to be able to take advantage of that growth."

The Australia China Business Council (Victoria), Victorian Government's Regional Development Victoria have partnered on the "Growing Business Opportunities with China" project, which is presenting eight targeted regional industry forums starting in Shepparton on 18 September and Wodonga on 19 September.

The project aims to help businesses in regional Victoria launch or build their relationship with China by understanding the factors that hinder trade growth with China, and helping businesses overcome these obstacles.

The project will also look at how Australian companies can benefit from inbound investment by Chinese interests.

The workshops have been designed specifically for regional companies, following extensive local industry consultation. They will be of particular interest to those currently doing business with China or seriously considering engagement in the China market.

Speakers at the Hume forum will include:

  • Mr. Jim Lang, Managing Director, Trade Data International Pty Ltd: 'Using import/export data to determine your China strategy.'
  • Mr. Campbell Jeffrey, Managing Director, The Burchett Group - Beijing: 'The opportunities ad challenges of agricultural exports to China.'
  • Ms. Rofer Yu, Manager Asian Business Development, Central Victorian Export Network (CVEN): 'Chinese customer engagement and negotiation'
  • Mr. Richard Zhang, President, The REX Group Ltd: 'The challenges of customs clearance and logistics in China.'
  • Mr. Dom Bayard, Director, Sexed Genetics (Goorambat): 'My experience of doing business with China.'

Workshops will be held in four regions in the following locations:


Shepparton - Thursday, 18 September, 3pm at the Parklake Hotel, 481 Wyndham Street, Shepparton

Wodonga - Friday, 19 September, 10am at TAFE Space, 158 Lawrence Street, Wodonga



Warragul - Tuesday 7 October, 3pm at the West Gippsland Performing Arts Centre, corner of Smith Street and Albert Street, Warragul

Sale - Wednesday, 8 October, 10am at the Criterion Hotel, 90 Macalister Street, Sale



Ballarat - Tuesday, 27 October, Venue TBC

Horsham - Thursday, 29 October, Venue TBC


Loddon Mallee

Bendigo - Tuesday, 11 November, Venue TBC

Mildura - Wednesday 13 November, Venue TBC

Bookings for the workshops can be made online at: 


All media enquiries should be directed to Mr James Scullin, Regional Development Project Manager, ACBC Victoria.


Phone: 0412 688 505

For further details specifically about the Growing Business Opportunities with China project, please contact the Project Director, Dr Scott Williams:


Phone: 0413 059 190




See the documents below:
  • Copy1ACBC_Media_release_draft_v2_RDV_Amendments(1)-1.pdf