Event Co-ordination of the Chinatown Adelaide 2014 Lunar New Year Street Party, February 1st
Tsingtao Beer joined South Australia in celebrating the new Sister City relationship between Adelaide and Qingdao. Tsingtao Beer supplied new red lanterns and a generous supply of Tsingtao Beer which was highly appreciated on a 43 degree day.
Open for Business Briefing, 4th February 2014
The Australia China Development Company and The Confucius Institute hosted the ‘Shandong & Qingdao: Open for Business’ briefing to celebrate the new Sister City relationship between Adelaide and Qingdao. The event provided an opportunity for companies to gain up to date and relevant information on doing business in Qingdao and Shandong.
City of Port Lincoln “China workshop”, 11 March 2014
- Guest Speakers: The Hon Chris Schacht, Chairman The Australia China Development Company, Mr Justin Ross Director Agribusiness Development PIRSA and Mr Sean Keenihan SA President Australia China Business Council.
In 2014 TACDC will be attending the following events:
+2014 Qingdao International Horticultural Exposition (April to October)
+2014 Tsingtao Beer Festival (August)
+The 2014 and 2015 China Fisheries & Seafood Expo will be held in Qingdao (November)
2013 Chinatown Adelaide Lunar New Year Street Party
Conan was Co-Chairman of the largest Lunar New Year celebration ever held in South Australia. Chinatown Adelaide South Australia (CASA) in partnership with the Adelaide City Council and major sponsors the Tangcheng Group, the Mandela and Datong ,held the Chinatown Adelaide Lunar New Year Street Party the first time on Moonta and Gouger Street. patrons. Aside from over 60 stalls and cultural activities the street was filled 90 tables that allowed guests to participate in a mass outdoor dining spectacle. For the first time during a Lunar New Celebration Gouger street was closed and transformed into a vibrant bustling bazaar. The event attracted over 20,000 patrons.
MOU agreement signed between the Adelaide Festival Centre and the Shandong government’s Department of Culture, April 2013
“Festival Centre CEO Douglas Gautier said “To make sure that this relationship goes beyond 2014, [we are] looking at
taking artists, young arts administrators, curators, technicians, marketers in the arts and entertainment sector to spend
time in Shandong and equally to have people from Shandong come down [to SA],” he said. The agreement has been signed
between the Adelaide Festival Centre and the Shandong government’s Department of Culture.”
Article in Xinhua News, Shanghai Daily, Global Times & People’s Daily, 13th June 2013
Xinhua News is the official press agency of the People’s Republic of China and the biggest centre for collecting information and press conferences in China. It is the largest news agency in China.” Tony Royal credits Portavin’s growth in exports primarily to the ” networks of influence” made accessible by Adelaide-based The Australia China Development Company (TACDC) and its Chinese contacts, after engaging the strategy consultancy in 2006. According to TACDC, doing business with China requires a great deal of bureaucratic know-how, plus personal connections to smooth the way.” From zero Chinese exports in 2006, Portavin currently bottles and exports more than 70 twenty-foot containers of wine — about 1 million bottles — to mainland China every month and is now the largest exporter of Australian winemakers to China — a slice of a considerably large pie.”
Production agreement between the Chinese film and television company, Shandong Film and TV Media Group, and Adelaide Motion Picture Company (AMPCO), June 2013
Gold Road, is set to be the first project to be made under a new production agreement between the Chinese film and television company, Shandong Film and TV Media Group, and the South Australian production company, Adelaide Motion Picture Company (AMPCO). This agreement was forged at the Third Australia China Film Industry Forum in Shanghai, which issupported by several Chinese and Australian film associations. Gold Road, the first production to be made under this agreement is set to have a budget of $15 million and is to be produced by Niu Yansheng and Australian Mario Andreacchio,who has experience working with China before The Dragon Pearl.” http://filmink.com.au/news/chinarsquos-gold-road-to-australia/
Qingdao Beer Festival, August 2013
TACDC General Manager Conan Fahey attended the Qingdao International Beer Festival and arranged for new Tsingtao Beer lanterns to be hung on Moonta and Gouger Street for the Qingdao Mei Mei theme at the Chinatown Adelaide New Year Street Party.
South Australian China Strategy, October 2013
PIRSA’s China Agribusiness Initiative and action plan, focuses on 4 pillars:
1) Increase food and wine exports to the emerging ‘second and third tier cities’ in China and specifically Hong Kong, Fujian and Shandong provinces
2) Attract investment to upscale or modernize our agribusiness industry, and access high value markets and distribution
3) Increase Research and Development service exports and capacity development in South Australia through joint projects with the Fujian and Shandong Provincial Governments
4) Reinforce the Government to Government relationships with Shandong and Fujian Provinces.
Australia’s Ambassador to China, HE Frances Adamson CEDA Address, November 2012
“We need to develop innovative ideas on how to best engage with China and create investment opportunities, Australia’s
Ambassador to China, HE Frances Adamson has told a CEDA audience in Adelaide.”We need to encourage young Australians to
learn Chinese and this is a key recommendation of the Asian Century White Paper.” On education, Ms Adamson said Chinese
students already account for close to 40 per cent of all international enrolments in SA and there is potential for
further growth. Ms Adamson said we can do more to improve China and Asian literacy and there are a lot of gains still to
be made.” http://www.ceda.com.au/news-articles/2012/11/sa-china-luncheon
November 2012. The Hon. Jennifer Rankine, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Mr Hieu Van Le, Lieutenant Governor
General of South Australia visited Shandong Province. The Vice President of SDU, Lou Hongxiang, met with the members of
the delegation. Mr Lou expressed his hope that the cooperation with universities in South Australia could be enhanced
through friendly sister state/province relations. He also expressed his hope that both state/provincial governments will
support for the collaboration between the two universities. http://en.sdu.edu.cn/html/656.html
TACDC Sponsors opening of Asian/Australian Art Gallery – Zi Gallery
TACDC were sponsors of “The “Delivered Exhibition” opened on 29th July, 2011 at Zi Gallery. The Lieutenant Governor General Mr Hieu Van Le gave the opening address. The opening night attracted over 200 people who delighted in the works of Mr Victor Zhang and the other artists of the “Delivered” exhibition: Keren Seelander, Jen Trantor, Michael D’antonio, Debra Morley, Adric Kloeden, Anna Medlin, Mary Coventry, Jess Mara, Jaye Elice Allen, William Johns
Travis “The Blues Man” Taylor China Tour / January 1st to March 25th, 2011
Travis played several gigs in Qingdao in clubs, bars and private Government functions. The Australia China Development Company last toured Travis “the Bluesman” Taylor in China in 2008 where he performed a series of one man private shows in Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou. During this tour Travis also performed at the Official Australian Government Functions in Shanghai and Beijing hosted by the Premier of South Australia the Hon. Mike Rann. Mr Rann is also the National President of the Australian Labor Party. Travis is a talented and experienced musician who is a multi-instrumentalist (vocals, harmonica, guitar and keyboards) with over 20 years’ experience. He is a recording artist/producer/recording engineer and performer and has produced 12 albums of original material with various band line-ups as well as 2 solo albums.
QINGDAO IDOL Karyn Lanthois appeared on “Qingdao Idol / Got Talent” show for QDTV-5″ as a finalist award presenter and Judge. The show will be repeated several times in 2011.
FAHEY APPOINTED TO CCOIC / November 26th 2010
Conan Fahey (General Manager of The Australia China Development Company) has been appointed as special consultant to Qingdao CCOIC (China Chamber of International Commerce Qingdao Chamber) / Qingdao CCPIT (China Council for the Promotion of International Trade) at the fourth session of members congress.
CHINA MINING EXPO 2010 / 12th to 18th November 2010
Conan was a delegate on the China Mining Expo 2010 Business Mission to Tianjin and visited Beijing and Xiamen led by the Hon. Paul Holloway MP Minister for Mineral Resources Development. The program included a series of seminars about investment issues in the Australian mineral sector, mineral exploration opportunities the China Mining Gala Dinner and the South Australian Resources Investment Dinner. China Mining 2010 was held in Tianjin, China and was one of the biggest events for the Chinese resources sector, with over 3 500 delegates and more than 420 exhibitors from 55 countries.The theme for the Congress and Expo in 2010 was ‘The World and China in Mining Consolidation: Co-operation, Responsibility and Development’. The event has grown to become one of the most influential mineral exploration/extraction trade events in the world and has a critical role in bringing together influential policy makers and industry figures from China
SOLO REFLECTIONS PERFORMANCE / 15th October 2010
TACDC presented a private performance of ‘Solo Reflections” featuring award winning Chinese and Australian artists. The Hon. Chris Schacht gave a presentation about the benefits of the creative industries for international business relations. Guests were able to meet the artists and join in discussion about the arts and building cultural bridges. Following their recent performances at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo,choreographer Amanda Phillips and Artistic Director Gabriella Smart staged ‘ Solo Reflections’ with guest dance artist Jiang Fan, courtesy of Shanghai Opera. Jiang Fan was in Australia for a limited period; this was a special opportunity to see one of China’s rising stars perform with Gabriella and Amanda in a program which featured Australian and Chinese music for piano.
Conan Fahey won a CITCSA AWARD / 3rd August 2010
Conan Fahey was presented the Council for International Trade and Commerce South Australia (CITCSA) 2010 Outstanding Long-Term Contribution award.
WINE MISSION TO SHANGHAI, QINGDAO, TAIPEI / 20th – 27th June 2010
The South Australian Department of Trade and Economic Development (DTED), in conjunction with TACDC and TradeStart conducted a wine market mission to Shanghai, Qingdao and Taipei. Conan was responsible for the business matching, wine show case banquets, retail visits and market briefings in Qingdao.
Quote from DTED promotional flyer : “Support is provided by the SA Government office in Adelaide, Shanghai and Jinan along with Conan Fahey of the Australia China Development Company with considerable experience in the Chinese wine market”. “The expected outcomes for the delegates is to “develop an understanding of the China and Taiwan wine markets, learning of business opportunities in China and Taiwan, develop market awareness for business and branding, opportunities to promote the delegates wines to the hospitality industry and to meet with potential importers/ distributors and develop relationships for business”.
INVESTMENT IN CHINA ROADSHOW / 18th – 28th May 2010
Conan participated in the South Australian Governments “Investment China Roadshow” visiting Jinan, Wuhan, Shanghai, Hong Kong and incorporating Shanghai World Expo May 2010. The “Roadshow” / trade mission was led by His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC CSC RANR Governor of South Australia. The Roadshow included a series of seminars about investment, trade and migration, South Australian Showcase and SA Brilliant Blend Luncheons, a tour and cocktail party at the Australian Pavilion inside the Shanghai World Expo.
FAHEY APPOINTMENT TO DTED / MAY 2010
Conan was appointed the South Australian Governments, Department of Economic Trade and Development, China Cluster Executive Committee’s Qingdao Representative.
TACDC MEETS MR FU / FEBRUARY 2010
The TACDC Chairman The Hon. Chris Schacht and Conan were the first foreigners ever to meet privately ex Minister Mr. Fu Jie and family at Government residence Shenzhen. Mr Fu Jie was the Senior Minister of Justice: 1983 – 2008, Born 1935, 1952 Chairman of Student Council of Qingdao, 1954 Chairman of Student Council of Shanghai, 1974 Secretary to Primemister Zhou Enlai, Member of Central CCP Policy Making Team, 1983 – 2008 – Member of CCP Standing Committee.
CLINTON DINES EVENT / SEPTEMBER 2009
TACDC hosted a prestigious event featuring guest speaker Mr Dines who was the senior country executive in China for BHP/BHP Billiton.
EIGHTH NATIONAL CONGRESS AT THE GREAT HALL OF THE PEOPLE / 14th to 17th JULY 2009
On the 14th – 17th July 2009, Conan Fahey was one of the 15 delegates from Australia whom joined more than 1,100 representatives, including celebrities, senior CCP party officials, and newly returned overseas Chinese to attend the Eighth National Congress of Returned Overseas Chinese and their families. It was held in Beijing in the Great Hall of the People, Tiananmen Square. Nine members of the Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee Political Bureau – Hu Jintao, WuBangguo, Wen Jiabao, Jia Qinglin, Li Changchun, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, He Guoqiang and Zhou Yongkang were present at the congress.
CHINA 2008 BUSINESS MISSION / AUGUST 2008
The 2008 China Business Mission went for 39 days and visited Qingdao, Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Hengdian Urumqi, Turpan, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong. The TACDC trade mission also coincided with the Premier Mike Rann’s and DTEDs trade mission to China.
TRAVIS “THE BLUESMAN” TAYLOR 2008 CHINA TOUR
Travis Blind Dog Taylor aka Travis the Bluesman toured China with TACDC and performed one man shows in Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou. Travis also performed at the Official South Australian Government Functions in Shanghai and Beijing as part of a 2008 trade mission to China led by the Premier of South Australia the Hon. Mike Rann. Planning to continue to tour South Australian artists and musicians in China / Asia.
ARMSTRONG WINES YOUTH TRADE MISSION / NOVEMBER 2008
TACDC/Armstrong Wines Youth Trade Mission 2008 to Vietnam – TACDC assisted Armstrong and Portavin in planning and preparation.
HEIBEI TV / 2008
TACDC worked on generating content for Hebei Television to promote South Australian content into China with World on Screen and Lingwood Productions.
ADELAIDE UNITED SOCCER TEAM BRIEFING / MAY 2010
TACDC briefed and hosted the Adelaide United Soccer Team and official delegation in Jinan, Shandong Province.
TACDC was a sponsor of the OzAsia Festival
On the 3rd and 4th of October 2006 TACDC successfully event managed the 2nd Qingdao Beach and Water Sports Festival, including the 1st ever Qingdao City Wide Sailing Regatta and the 1st ever Invitation Australia vs. China Beach Volleyball Cup. The Qingdao government estimated over 200,000 people attended the two days and evenings of sporting, entertainment, trade and business related activities.
As a result on the 5th October 2006, Conan received an award of recognition for increasing cooperation in trade and cultural exchange between Australia and China from Madam Zang Aimin Vice Mayor of the Qingdao Municipal Government and Administrative Vice Chairman for the Sailing Committee (Qingdao) of Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of XXIX Olympiad.
TACDC established cooperation agreements with the Douglas (Qingdao) Wines Co Ltd, Qingdao Sports Bureau, and The China Qingdao International Economic & Technical Cooperation ( Group) Co., Ltd
Conan begins discussions with Ted Byrt ( DTED China Cluster Chairman) to develop a Qingdao Focus Group that will evolve into DTED China Cluster Sports Industry Group.
Conan is a committee member of the South Australian Governments DTED China Cluster Sporting Industry Group and member of the South Australian DTED China Cluster.
DTED hosts the Tsingtao Beach Volleyball delegation and a men’s and women’s Chinese Olympic Beach Volleyball team for its event at Glenelg beach. Tsingtao Brewery is a major sponsor of the delegation
R. Devlin, the Advertiser, “Chinese Party hail and hearty”, p.20. Interview with Conan.
Opposition Leader Rob Kerin visits Shanghai.
Conan presents a keynote address : “How can South Australian companies ride the wave in Qingdao” the former DTED China Trade Development Manager Ms. Sunny Yang and the Chairman of the DTED China Cluster Mr. Ted Byrt at the annual DTED and the China Cluster’s China business briefing
C. England, The Advertiser, “How we can hitch a ride on China’s roaring trade tiger”, interview with Conan.
Sports Cluster Delegation visit to brief – Kevin Foley, Raymond Garrand, Sunny Yang, Emma Lawson, Ken Xu, Peike Zhu, Ted Byrt, Chris Schacht, Paul Finn, Bob Claxton & Brett Perry.
The Advertiser, SA Business Journal, “Road to the China paved with a need to learn”, p.84. –article by Conan
21st -28th April
Deputy Premier Kevin Foley leads a mission to China. The trip was a result of meetings of the China Cluster and the private sector showing a strong interest in staging a South Australian business mission to China. In response to the demand, the China Cluster, with assistance from the Department of Trade and Economic Development (DTED), led the South Australian business mission to China. The mission visited Beijing, Qingdao, and Shanghai. It was led by Mr Ted Byrt, Chair, China Cluster, and Mr Raymond Garrand, Chief Executive, Department of Trade and Economic Development (DTED). DTED assisted participating companies to organise business matching and meetings as required. The Deputy Premier, the Hon Kevin Foley, made his official visit to China during the above-mentioned time to support the business mission and represent South Australia at the Chinese launch of the Creative Futures, a 3.5 year program of artistic and cultural engagement between Australia and China. Accordingly, the Deputy Premier was able to assist a small number of companies participating on the business mission with strategic meetings with high-level Chinese Government officials and private companies.
South Australian Government Delegation visits Qingdao. Conan gives a presentation to Minister Kevin Foley, Raymond Garrand, Ken Xu, Peike Zhu, Chairman of the DTED China Cluster Ted Byrt and the Hon. Chris Schacht.
C. England, The Advertiser, SA Business Journal, “Shandong Calling: Conan Fahey tracking a wealth of opportunities in China”, p.40. Interview with Conan.
26th June – 24th July
Sailing Industry Group Delegation Sailing- Brett Young (Young Marine Services & Foils / Ausdao Management) , Brett Perry ( Sailfast Yachting Management / Ausdao Management), Richard Scotts,( F1 SAIL PRO TOUR) John Hearne,( Director, Doyle Sail makers) , Victor Kovalenko ( Olympic / Australian National Head Coach, AIS Sailing Program Head Coach, Yachting Australia) The sale of four 49er class boats by AUSDAO to Qingdao Doyle Sail makers as a direct result of TACDC and the DTED China Cluster established a sail making workshop in the Chengyang District of Qingdao.
14th – 16th October
Conan briefs DTED China Cluster Chairman Ted Byrt and Sean Keenihan during their visit to Qingdao.
In 2005 TACDC was able to bring 2 sports industry related trade missions to Shandong: Deputy Premier and Minister for Industry and Trade, the Hon. Kevin Foley Sailing Industry Group Delegation and the Minister for Recreation, Sports and Racing, the Hon. Michael Wright. These visits provided successful outcomes for the DTED China Cluster Sports Industry Group by the sale of four 49er class boats by AUSDAO to Qingdao China Olympic Sailing School. As a direct result of the trade mission Doyle’s Sail makers have established a high profile sail making loft in the Qingdao and provided elite level sails and services to the Beijing Olympics 2008.
12th-14th October 2005
Sports minister Mr. Michael Wright and Mr. Michael Apt, the Hon., Chris Schacht, TACDC arranged the official banquet and components of the itinerary of the 2005 Sailing Industry Group Delegation Sailing II Sports minister Mr. Michael Wright met with a wide variety of interest groups involved in the Olympic / Qingdao / Shandong sailing and boating industry. Arrangements to meet Mr. Liu Yong – Chen Jingxin – Assistant to Chairman, QD Olympic Sailing Committee was the VIP Guest sitting next to the Sports Minister the Hon. Michael Wright. October 2005 – SA Government Delegation Banquet – Conan did the arrangements to meet Mr. Liu Yong – Chen Jingxin – Assistant to Chairman, QD Olympic Sailing Committee was the VIP Guest sitting next to the Sports Minister the Hon. Michael Wright. Very Successful outcomes for the DTED China Cluster Sports Industry Group (sale of 4 x 49er yachts to China).
14th & 16th October 2005
CPFIS recommend Sean Keenihan (Sean speaks Mandarin and has lived in China) from Norman Waterhouse Lawyers to provide legal advice to Doyle Sail makers operations in Qingdao and recommends Doyle Sail makers to provide a “leadership role“between China and SA based Sailing industries. Doyle Sail makers went on to provide all sail maintenance for the 2008 Olympics and operate successfully in Qingdao today.
In 2005 TACDC was able to bring 2 sports industry related trade missions to Shandong: Deputy Premier and Minister for Industry and Trade, the Hon. Kevin Foley Sailing Industry Group Delegation and the Minister for Recreation, Sports and Racing, the Hon. Michael Wright. These visits provided successful outcomes for the DTED China Cluster Sports Industry Group by the sale of four 49er class boats by AUSDAO to Qingdao China Olympic Sailing School. As a direct result of these DTED China Cluster trademission Doyle’s Sail makers have established a high profile sail making loft in the Qingdao and provided elite level sails and services to the Beijing Olympics 2008.
Redstar Magazine, Qingdao Me Mei, article on South Australian and Shandong’s Sister State Relationship and the Cooperative City Relationship between Adelaide and Qingdao. The title Qingdao Mei Mei refers to Adelaide being Qingdao’s little sister. pp.14-15. article, author C. Fahey
Conan presents a keynote presentation Doing Business in China: the Frontline to Bordeaux Business School’s Wine MBA students from France during a two week international marketing visit. The students were studying with the Wine Marketing Group at the University of South Australia.
Conan presents a keynote address to the Australia China Business Council (South Australia Event): Qingdao – South Australia’s Olympic Beachhead in China.
Minister Holloway visits Jinan.
Redstar Magazine, the Good, the Bad and the Banquet, pp44. -article, author C. Fahey
In Business: South Australia, Chinese Fortunes pp.14-15. –article, author C. Fahey
June/July 2004 edition of South Australia’s In Business magazine observes that “Conan Fahey is an appropriate point man for South Australia in China. Familiar with local ways of life and business, he is part of the critical interface between very different cultures” and in the In Business October/November 2004 issue he was described as “an old China hand”.
Conan works with the Volleyball SA and Redstar Consultancy Group (RSG) to run a Beach Volleyball tournament in Qingdao.
Conan presents Export Strategy and Marketing to China to 3rd Year International Marketing Students at the University of South Australia on market research and the newly emerging Chinese market.
Minister Michael Wright visits Shanghai.
Conan conducts a series of interviews with Li Cunxin, the author of Mao’s Last Dancer and originating from Qingdao just before his book becomes a world-wide best seller.
Launch of the South Australia China Professional Development & Executive Training Center. It was an important cooperation between Qingdao and Adelaide with a Qingdao education focus.
26th October – 9th November
A South Australian Government trade mission to Hong Kong and Qingdao was led by Premier Mike Rann and included the Lord Mayor Alfred Huang and China Cluster President Ted Byrt. Conan provided briefing to them and the delegation on “Why Qingdao?”.
Since 2003 Conan has been a committee member on the Flinders University Executive Alumni Committee. He is the responsible for China Alumni Chapters and his role is to build relationships between the Flinders University and China. He has a Double Degree – Bachelor of International Studies and Bachelor of Arts with four majors in: Asian Studies, Globalisation, International Relations and Politics.
26th October – 9th November
While a HKABA-SA committee member, Conan regularly assisted in the hosting of incoming business delegations from the PRC and Hong Kong.
Conan Fahey was participant in the Flinders University Graduate Mentor program. Mentored by Mr. Darryl Treasure from the South Australian Government’s Department of Premier and Cabinet. In 2005, he mentored Chinese international students from Qingdao as part of the Flinders University Graduate Mentor Program.
Premier Mike Rann visited Shanghai in November 2002 and later visited Beijing, Jinan and Qingdao in November 2003.
Conan took part in the outgoing trade mission to Hong Kong and Qingdao
Conan was an executive committee member of the Hong Kong Australia Business Association South Australian Chapter (HKABA-SA) December 2002 to December 2004.
The HKABA-SA won the Council for International Trade and Commerce SA (CITCSA) International Chamber of the Year in 2001, 2002 and 2003.