China Briefing 1/11 – Business Engagement with China: A strategy for South Australia’s Future?

Incorporating the official launch of the Confucius Institute and Australia China Business Council (SA)’s White Paper on South Australia’s business engagement with China

Tuesday 19th April, 2011

5.30 – 8.00 pm, Hilton Adelaide


  • Professor Christopher Findlay AM – Professor of Economics and Head, School of Economics, University of Adelaide.
  • Mr Glen B. Wheatley – Director Best Solutions International.
  • Mr Sean Keenihan – Partner Norman Waterhouse Lawyers; President ACBC (SA)


  • Professor Emeritus Andrew Watson – School of Social Sciences, University of Adelaide

‘China is South Australia’s largest trading partner with export and import of over $2 Billion in goods in 2009. To ensure continued growth, industry and government must take a strategic approach to increasing the value-add of South Australian exports to China.’

This is the conclusion of the Joint Research Report commissioned in 2010 by the Confucius Institute in association with the Australia China Business Council (SA). The White Paper summarises the level of engagement of South Australian businesses with China and provides conclusions for the future.

The White Paper will be launched by the Hon. Tom Koutsantonis MP, South Australian Minister for Industry & Trade, for Small Business and for Mineral Resources Development prior to the China Briefing.

The Confucius Institute at the University of Adelaide and the Australia China Business Council (SA) are jointly hosting this first and special China Briefing of 2011, which will present the essential results of the report and the implications for South Australian businesses and trade organisations.

The Chinese government recently ratified its 12th ‘Five Year Economic Plan’ which lays out China’s strategy for sustained economic growth over the next five years. Do South Australian businesses and government organisations realise the importance of China for their future and do they have a clear China strategy?

Please see the flyer and speakers’ biography for more details.

Download the White Paper.

Presenters’ powerpoint presentations: Glen WheatleySean Keenihan

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