The Australia China Development Company (ACDC) has 15 years of experience developing strong business and cultural relationships in Qingdao and the Shandong region of China. With wide networks of influence, ACDC is uniquely positioned to provide continuing strategic and project development service. ACDC provides assistance to Australian companies wishing to develop business opportunities in China and assists Chinese companies wishing to establish business opportunities in Australia.
The Chairman of the company is Chris Schacht a former Senator and ALP Party official in Australia, and a Minister in the Keating Government first visited Shandong Province in 1986.
Since 1986, Chris has visited China over 70 times in the following capacities:
1. ALP Party official
2. Senator—Including leading official parliamentary delegations from the Australian parliament to China,
3. Australian Minister—Including leading trade delegations to China and a number of official ministerial visits to China,
4. President of the Australian Volleyball Federation,
5. Board member of the Asian Volleyball Confederation,
6. Board member of the Federation of International Volleyball,
7. Chairman of ACDC—Many visits to China, with special reference to visits to Shandong Province and the city of Qingdao.
Successful events managed by Australia China Development Company
ACDC has spearheaded many prestigious events promoting South Australia’s exceptional global reputation. In 2006, ACDC developed and project managed the Qingdao Beach and Water Sports Festival at the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Marina and Olympic Sailing Centre.
The Festival also included the first ever Qingdao City Wide Sailing Regatta together with the first Invitation Australia vs. China Beach Volleyball Cup. The Qingdao government estimated that over 200,000 people attended the two-day event comprising sporting, entertainment, trade and business related activities.
In 2006, ACDC Director Conan Fahey received an award of recognition for increasing cooperation in trade and cultural exchange between Australia and China from Madam Zang Aimin, who is the Vice Mayor of the Qingdao Municipal Government and the Administrative Vice Chairman for the Sailing Committee (Qingdao) of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of XXIX Olympiad.
In 2011, Conan was appointed for 5 years as the consultant to the Qingdao China Chamber of International Commerce (CCOIC) at the fourth session of the directors and members’ congress.
ACDC long history of building cooperative relations
April 2004, Conan gave a presentation to the Australia China Business Council SA: ‘Qingdao – South Australia’s Beachhead in China’, encouraging businesses to engage with China at the Qingdao International Beer Festival. Conan also presented a compelling case for why Adelaide should upgrade its relationship with Qingdao to sister city status.
December 2014, ACDC signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Business SA in relation to the strengthening of the South Australia-Shandong relationship particularly through the city of Qingdao. Business SA is South Australia’s peak Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a leading employer organisation with a constitutional mission to grow the economy of South Australia by supporting businesses of all sizes across every industry sector.
September 2014, ACDC signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Adelaide through its Confucius Institute to jointly promote a greater understanding of South Australia’s relationship with China. This includes creating greater awareness among the business community about the ways in which China undertakes business, the development of local Chinese cultural events and as well as attracting investment from China into South Australia .
In May 2015, ACDC signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Unimedia to promote Australian goods and services throughout eastern China.
September 2015, ACDC signed a Memorandum of understanding with Tourism NT to develop a range of key tourism marketing activities targeting the Greater China market.
March 2016, ACDC signed a Memorandum of Understanding with QingdaoTV to cooperate on a range of media and tourism projects.