“Recent announcements regarding Free Trade Agreements between China and Australia will significantly and positively affect your business opportunities in Qingdao, Shandong Province”

“Prime Minister Abbott and President Xi announced the conclusion of negotiations for the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) on 17 November 2014. Trade and Investment Minister Robb and Commerce Minister Gao signed a Declaration of Intent to work towards signature of the Agreement. ChAFTA lays an historic foundation for the next phase of Australia’s economic relationship with China. ChAFTA will unlock significant opportunities for Australia. China is Australia’s largest export market for both goods and services, accounting for nearly a third of total exports, and a growing source of foreign investment.” Source.

Join The Australia China Development Company (ACDC) for an what ChAFTA means for South Australia. The briefing will be chaired by ACDC Chairman Chris Schacht, who has travelled to China over 30 years as a politician and businessman.

ACDC is a long-time friend to Shandong and has returned in August from a successful delegation where 40 South Australian’s celebrated Adelaide’s recent Sister city status with Qingdao.

Ex Federal Minister the Hon Chris Schacht will discuss the opportunities in Shandong surrounding the recent ChAFTA, the Chinese Consulate opening in Adelaide and recap some highlights from the recent ACDC Sister City Celebration delegation.

ACDC’s marketing manager Karyn Lanthois will discuss ecommerce and the importance of using relevant social media avenues in China and present an opportunity to begin a dialogue with China now via SA lifestyle Chinese social media channel featured on WeChat and Weibo

Hear announcements on the opening of a trade office / creative hub / show room in Qingdao, investment opportunities and a new initiative allowing your business service or product to gain immediate exposure in Shandong.

The briefing will provide an opportunity for companies to gain up to date and relevant information on doing business in Shandong for 2015.

Keynote speaker announcement:

christian-edwards-navigating-the-china-mediascape-for-acdcNavigating the Chinese Mediascape

Christian Edwards – Director and founder of Channel Gold

Christian is the Director and founder of Channel Gold, a cross-border media consultancy specialising in driving content between Australia and China. He left a Masters in Journalism at the UTS Australian Centre for Independent Journalism (ACIJ) to work as a Producer for the Online Media Group (OMG) in 2000. He travelled to China where he spent almost seven years working in media and the arts. Before becoming the first Australian to join the China National Theatre Company in 2008, he wrote television series in Dalian (2002); ran the nightly ‘Guangdong Report’ for GDTV in Guangzhou (2003-2005); and was the Executive Publisher of China International Business magazine in Beijing (2006-2007). A fluent French and self-taught Mandarin speaker, Christian has written and consulted for Agence France Presse (AFP); the New Express Daily and numerous international media and arts organisations. He was a senior correspondent with the Xinhua News Agency; producer with the CNC World Network and consults on Shakespeare in Theatre and on contemporary Chinese media. Christian lives in Sydney with wife Caroline daughter, Mathilde and baby boy, Louis.

Date: Tuesday, 16th December, 2014
Time: 5.30 pm (refreshments available from 5pm)
Address: Minter Ellison Lawyers, 25 Grenfell Street, Adelaide

Cost: $80 – Spaces are limited so please book promptly
Tickets: http://events.ticketbooth.com.au/event/ACDCSisterStrategyBriefing

Ticket sales will support the musicians and artists travelling to China in 2015. For more updates and information about participating in the following trade missions to Qingdao contact: [email protected]

Fundraising activities and proceeds will support the musicians and artists travelling to China in 2015.