2016

March 2016, ACDC signed a Memorandum of Understanding with QingdaoTV to cooperate on a range of media and tourism projects.

March, The Hon. Chris Schacht – Chairman leads Tourism NT and AustCham Shanghai to Qingdao.

May, Inbound Qingdao delegation visit Adelaide

11th May, Cristina Tridente of couture + love + madness on QTV1’s popular ‘Today’ show coverage of the 16th Qingdao International Fashion Festival opening ceremony

13th May, Cristina Tridente of couture + love + madness “SS16 Lady Camellia” collection was featured as the lead story on the most popular Qingdao TV show the “Today Show” on QingdaoTV1.

May, Karyn and Conan visit Jinan

May, The Northern Territory & South Australia ‘Outback Pub’ Working Committee Planning Sessions. The ‘Outback Pub’ Working Committee includes senior leaders of the Qingdao CCOIC (Qingdao China Chamber of International Commerce), the Qingdao BoAo Exhibition Company, and the Qingdao CCPIT (China Council for the Promotion of International Trade). The Qingdao CCPIT is known as China Chamber of International Commerce, Qingdao Chamber.

May, ‘Enticing Chinese Tourism‘ article in ‘The Advertiser’: “Luxury adventure tourism in South Australia and the Northern Territory will be showcased to prospective customers from China in August. The South Australian Tourism Commission and Tourism NT will share a display at the Qingdao International Beer Festival, to be held in the Shandong Province port city. The display will be at the Qingdao International Marina & Olympic Sailing Centre, which was the base for the 2008 Olympics. The Australia China Development Company, chaired by former senator for South Australia Chris Schacht, was instrumental in securing the space during the festival. “The Qingdao International Beer Festival is peak time for tourists,” Mr Schacht said. Qingdao is China’s sailing Olympic City and for wealthy Chinese business people, marine culture is business culture, as ownership of a yacht is a symbol of luxury and wealth.
The Royal Croquet Club, popular in Adelaide’s Fringe, also will have a presence at the Qingdao Beer Festival (west venue), WanRen Square in Huangdao District.
Meanwhile, Adelaide designer Cristina Tridente will show her designs in May at the Qingdao Internationl Fashion Festival.”

2015

  • 14th February 2015 ACDC warmly welcomes Chinese actress Lily Ji to South Australia to promote and showcase Adelaide and South Australia as one of the most creative, innovative and industrious places in Australia. In collaboration with BrandSA and 57 Films, ACDC developed and managed a South Australia documentary to introduce and educate Shandong citizens about Adelaide and South Australia. Rising Chinese movie actress Lily Ji was sourced to interview The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Martin Haese, Irena Zhang, Geoff Hardy and Cristina Tridente. Music on the promotional video was provided by Adelaide’s own Germein Sisters. The documentary video was presented to a senior government official at a formal dinner during Qingdao Fashion week and has been broadcast on Qingdao TV networks.[1]
  •  Cristina Tridente meet with Angelica Cheung, Vogue China editor-in-chief during her Asialink Arts Residency. Cmeet the Premier Jay Weatherill
  • 16th February 2015, Cristina was awarded one of the 30 Asialink Arts Residency Grants in 2015. From 313 applications to the program nation-wide, Asialink Arts was able to award 30 residency grants to Australian arts professionals to Asia. In addition to this, 5 residencies were awarded to Asian artists to Australia from Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Indonesia.[2]
  • 27th February 2015, Cristina speaks at TEDxFlindersUniversity about her Qingdao International Fashion Week experience[3].
  • March 2015 Visit to Adelaide by Mr Wang Guangzheng Member of Qingdao NPC Standing Committee and the Vice Mayor of Qingdao, the delegation included representatives from Shibei District, Jimo City, the Qingdao Municipal Bureau of Education and the Qingdao Municipal Foreign Affairs Office. The delegation was in Adelaide to discuss mutual cooperation, with a particular focus on education, science and technology.
  • March 2015, Roman is being selected to join the China Australia Millennial Project as part of the Future of Tourism Thinktank. The China Australia Millennial Project brings together young innovators from Australia and China to tackle global challenges and create solutions.[4]
  • April 2015, SATC (South Australia Tourism Commission) and TNT (Tourism Northern Territory) begin to work cooperatively to present a 9-day event highlighting the central of Australia experience to a luxury demographic primed to book Australian holidays. The ‘Outback Pub’ Activation begins on evening of the 16th August 2016.
    In April 2015 the South Australian and Northern Territory Governments signed an agreement that will see the two jurisdictions work closer together on growing tourism. NT Chief Minister Adam Giles said the agreement deals with issues that are critical to the Territory’s economic future. “As Tourism Minister, it’s pleasing to see our two jurisdictions working more closely on promoting visitation to iconic destinations in Central Australia.” Between us, we can claim to be the home of three of Australia’s top five tourist icons, namely Kakadu National Park, Uluru and Kangaroo Island.” The NT/SA ‘Outback Pub’, QIBF August 2016 marketing activation is to be conducted by Tourism NT and South Australian Tourism Commission under the auspices of the Northern Territory Government and Government of South Australia Memorandum of Understanding, as agreed to by:
    The Honourable Adam Giles MLA, Chief Minister of the Northern Territory
    The Honourable Jay Weatherill MHA, Premier of South Australia
    Tony Mayell, Chief Executive Officer, Tourism NT
    Rodney Harrex, Chief Executive Officer, South Australian Tourism Commission
  • April 2015 Support of South Australian Fashion Designer Cristina Tridente. After wowing Qingdao senior government and industry representatives in August 2014 during ACDC Sister City Gala Banquet, Cristina was invited to open Qingdao Fashion Week in 2015, becoming the first Australian to be offered this high level exposure and opening the door to other SA based designers. Cristina presented multiple fashion shows, photo shoots, designer discussions and workshops resulting in a high degree of visibility for South Australian fashion.[5]
  • May 2015, Xinhua News Agency article highlights South Australia’s Cristina Tridente & ‘couture+love+madness’ “Silk Road” collection at 2015 Qingdao International Fashion Week.[6]
  • 15th May, ACDC and Business SA conducting a pre-departure briefing for 2nd Shandong South Australian Cooperation and Development Forum and Shandong / Qingdao trade mission at Business SA.
  • 21st May Chris is interviewed in In Daily: “Meeting the China Challenge” on the Premiers delegation to China and the Shandong South Australia Cooperation and Development Forum.[7]
  • April – May ACDC had great exposure during South Australia Business Month In China with ACDC staff overlap starting with Cristina arriving in Qingdao the 19thof April and Chris departing Qingdao on the 6th ( see video[8]) China month program began in April at Qingdao’s International Fashion Week, continuing on in May to SIAL Food & Wine Expo in Shanghai, and the 2nd Shandong South Australian Cooperation and Development Forum and Premiers Mission in Shandong Province[9] and Shanghai. During SA Business Month in China[10], ACDC provided briefings and services in China to Business SA, BrandSA, Events SA and the City of Adelaide.[11] ACDC represented and gained the support of a number of high caliber institutions, organisations and departments including the Government of South Australia, the Australian Council for the Arts, Arts SA, Asialink at the University of Melbourne, and the Confucius Institute at the University of Adelaide. ACDC’s wide networks of influence have provided a platform of economic success for SA businesses and organisations in Beijing, Guangzhou, Qingdao, Jinan and Shanghai. During the mission ACDC collaborated with multiple departments across a range of projects aimed at promoting the State. By working collaboratively, ACDC was able to present an outcome that was significantly more than the sum of its parts. ACDC provided a range of consulting, support, and media services during South Australia Business Month in China. Cristina Tridente (Couture + Love + Madness) spent 6 weeks in China, arriving in Qingdao 19th April, Conan  and Karyn spent 6 weeks during April and May working on media projects and ACDC Chairman, Chris Schacht, departed Qingdao on the 6th of June.
  • 25th May 2015 Chris, Conan, Karyn, Claire Bunten and Cristina take part in the South Australia-Shandong Cooperation and Development Forum “Cooperation and Win-Win: Vision and Action”. The Shandong Governor Mr. Guo Shuqing and the Premier of South Australia the Hon. Jay Weatherill launch the Shandong-South Australia Cooperation and Development Forum.
  • May 2015 Chief executive, Nigel McBride signed a MoU Business SA and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade and the Shandong CCPIT.[12]. ACDC and Business SA have a Memorandum of Understanding 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. Conan is the special consultant to the Qingdao CCOIC (Qingdao China Chamber of International Commerce) and CCPIT, also known as China Chamber of International Commerce, Qingdao Chamber, is a premier agency affiliated to Qingdao Municipal Government responsible for the promotion of foreign investment into Qingdao.
  • May 2015 Business SA and ACDC attend the opening of the Australian Business Chamber’s Showroom in ShanghaiMart.[13] Business SA has joined its Chamber of Commerce counterparts nationally to participate in the Export Growth China program that will support businesses to have their products displayed and marketed in a high end showroom in the Shanghai international zone where many Chinese wholesale buyers are based. ACDC and Business SA have strengthened their ties in Shanghai and Shandong. Chief executive, Nigel McBride recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding between Business SA and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT). ACDC and Business SA have a Memorandum of Understanding in relation to the strengthening of the South Australia-Shandong relationship particularly through the city of Qingdao
  • May 2015 Facilitation of a MoU between RT-Mart, Business SA and Famous Australian Brands to export 12-15 million AUD food products into Chinas Number 1 Supermarket RT-Mart. ACDC displayed an advanced capability to negotiate, project manage and work cohesively with disparate interests to result in an outcome which presents incredible opportunities for South Australian food producers.
  • May 2015 Huge exposure of Brands South Australia across a full spectrum of media and activities witnessed and appreciated by the Hon. Premier of South Australia and Department of Premier and Cabinet representatives
  • 6-9th May SIAL – Asia’s biggest Food & Wine Show in Shanghai. FoodSA gathered all Australian companies under one ‘Australia Unlimited’ banner. ACDC gained an extensive familiarisation of the unique challenges facing SA food producers and their desired export strategies. Two events were hosted; RT-Mart headquarters day tour and an evening networking evening.
  • 27th May 2015 ‘Open the door to South Australia’ video launched on 11 Super Screens throughout Shanghai. Working with Shanghai based Unimedia team, the BrandSA/ACDC co-produced interstitial invited viewers to learn more about Adelaide.  The total reach is difficult to calculate but is estimated to be in the millions. The Television exposure of the video (viewers = 1 million) coupled with the Super screen advertising (350K views per day for one screen) alone account for significant ROI.
  • May 2015 ACDC signed a MoU with Unimedia to partner with South Australian tourism and business to promote SA goods and services throughout eastern China. the Hon. Chris Schacht welcomes the Premier of South Australia Jay Weatherill, RT-MART Chief executive Jiang Yongfang, RT-MART Chief Purchasing Officer Lu Guomin, Unimedia President Patrick Zhu, Business SA Chief executive, Nigel McBride and Tomich Wines Director Randal Tomich to witness and participate in the Strategic Cooperation Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremony between the ACDC and the Shanghai based Unimedia company.
  • June 2015 Roman ACDC International Marketing Assistant was a delegate at the China Australia Millennial Project as part of the Future of Tourism Thinktank. The China Australia Millennial Project brings together young innovators from Australia and China to tackle global challenges and create solutions.[14]
  • 29th June 2015, Business SA and ACDC hosted a ‘South Australia in China Business Month’ debrief at Business SA[15]. The debrief featured a mission overview from Business SA Chief Executive Officer Nigel McBride, the Hon. Chris Schacht and Karyn Lanthois from ACDC as well as guest speaker Frank Li, General Manager of 31Jiu a premium beer import and distribution business based in Shanghai. MC and panel host was Andrew Hunter, general manager of the Power Community Limited and panel members were: Nigel McBride, Chris, Frank Li, Adelaide City Councillor David Slama and Todd Miller – Trade Adviser, Tradestart at the Australian Trade Commission.[16]
  • July 2015 Roman ACDC International Marketing Assistant begins study exchange at Tsinghua University (Beijing, China). Roman will be studying at the “Department of Chinese Language and Literature” in the program of ‘Chinese Languages and Literature’ taught in Chinese. Prior to beginning his studies Roman will spend time in Qingdao, Shandong to assist in the pre-production for a South Australian Film & TV shoot.
  • August 2015, Chris represented ACDC at the Tsingtao Brewery Co. Ltd’s 25th Anniversary celebrations of the Qingdao International Beer Festival and the launch of “Tsingtao Classic 1903”. Chris began a dialogue with Tsingtao Beer  and QD Government in anticipation of ACDC Shandong / Qingdao Film & TV Cooperation Delegation comprising of ACDC, 57 Films and ‘South Aussie with Cosi’.
  • August 2015, ACDC Shandong / Qingdao Film & TV Cooperation Delegation.  SAWC and 57 Films worked collaboratively to share resources and ensure best outcomes. ACDC and the two film crews (12 people) traveling together and working collaboratively sent a strong message of commitment by South Australia. The 57 Films shoot on Mount Tai (China’s most sacred and important mountain) and in Qifu (the birthplace of Confucius). The  footage and SA / Shandong short was shown during the Party Secretary and Shandong delegation visit to Adelaide.
  • 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. The ACDC MoU with Northern Territory Tourism was to develop a documentary ‘Catch the Sunset’ aimed at the China market. ACDC were fortunate enough to visit Arnhem Land’s Mount Borradaile and stay at Max Davidson’s Mt Borradaile Camp within a sacred site in Arnhem Land along the East Alligator River. The Mount Borradaile area comprises a long and unique zone of cross-cultural contact in Australia. In 1986, through a close association with Charlie Mungulda ( a traditional owner of the Ulba Bunij clan) Max Davidson was invited open up his safari camp.
  • September 2015, South Aussie with Cosi’ Qingdao 1st Qingdao Episode will be shown on Channel 9.
  • December, Business SA, ‘The Actual’
  • 4th December ACDC and the Adelaide City Council briefing: Understanding Chinese Media and Marketing at the Adelaide Town Hall  https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/understanding-chinese-media-and-marketing-tickets-19611931816#
[1] http://tacdc.com.au/brandsa-and-australia-china-development-company-co-produced-sa-tourism-video-to-be-featured-in-shanghai/
[2] http://asialink.unimelb.edu.au/arts/asialink_2015_arts_residents
[3] http://tedxflindersuniversity.com/speakers/
[4] https://vimeo.com/122093119
[5] http://tacdc.com.au/acdc-supports-cristina-tridentes-2015-asialink-arts-residency-china/
[6] http://news.xinhuanet.com/fashion/2015-04/27/c_127739565.htm
[7] http://indaily.com.au/business-insight/2015/05/21/meeting-the-china-challenge/
[8] Business Week 
[9] http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/m/qingdao/2015-05/30/content_20874170.htm
[10] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbyiHdzaVGM
[11] http://tacdc.com.au/acdc-business-month-in-china/
[12] http://indaily.com.au/business-insight/2015/05/28/business-sa-strengthens-ties-with-shandong/
[13] http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/…/story-fni6uma6-1227374944328
[14] http://www.afr.com/opinion/columnists/china-entrepreneur-competition-charts-path-ahead-for-australia-20150602-ghfgci
[15] https://business-sa.com/events/event-details/5100?event=18909
[16] http://tacdc.com.au/south-australia-business-month-china-debrief/

2014

• February 2014 ACDC secured Tsingtao beer Sponsorship for the Chinatown Adelaide 2014 Street lanterns and Tsingtao Beer – Qingdao Theme .
• 4th February 2014, in partnership with The Confucius Institute, ACDC hosted an event ‘Shandong & Qingdao: Open for Business’ @ Minter Ellison Lawyers, Level 10, 25 Grenfell Street. The briefing provided an opportunity for companies to gain up to date and relevant information on doing business in China with a particular focus on SA’s Wine & Seafood industry and the opportunities present in exporting to the city of Qingdao in our sister province of Shandong in China.
The briefing was chaired by Luke Lombe, Director of training and consulting company Echelon One. An engaging and bilingual dynamic speaker, Luke has recently worked with top Chinese media company DMG.
• February / March 2014, ACDC mentioned in the ‘In Business Magazine’ regarding value chain analysis to ensure that we can properly manage the entire value chain here in SA and with joint venture partners in Qingdao. That is the best way to ensure that the first class seafood from Port Lincoln is served in restaurants in China as first-class SA branded produce. Hence we can protect our brand while we grow exports.
• 11th March 2014, Chris promoted Qingdao and Shandong @ the City of Port Lincoln “China workshop” with other guest speakers: Mr. Justin Ross Director Agribusiness Development PIRSA and Mr. Sean Keenihan SA President Australia China Business Council.
• 2nd July 2014 Music + Fashion + Film a preview of the Qingdao Sister City Mission Tour at The Promethean in 116 Grote Street, Chinatown.
MUSIC PERFORMANCE BY THE GERMEIN SISTERS
FASHION PREVIEW BY couture+love+madness
FILM HIGHLIGHTS FROM AMPCO FILMS
Mario Andreacchio’s company AMPCO is making serious inroads to China with co-production’s “The Dragon Pearl“, “Gold Road” and recently “The Alchemyst“. Mario shared his latest news and previews.
MC for the evening will be TACDC Chairman Chris Schacht, who has travelled to China over 30 years as a politician and businessman.
• 23rd July 2014 Sports & Arts Preview “Utilising sports & the arts as a conduit for business” at The Astor. During August of 2014, the Norwood Bears Senior men’s team were a part of a SA delegation to Adelaide’s sister city Qingdao, Shandong Province, in China to celebrate our new Sister City Status and to promote our state’s best to Qingdao.
• August 7th-14th 2014 Premier of South Australia, Hon Jay Weatherill supports ACDC trade mission in an open letter to Qingdao Mayor Zhang Xinqi. “Led by the Hon Chris Schacht, who has extensive links in business and political sectors in both Australia and China. The visit will involve South Australians including business people, musicians, athletes and artists who have highly developed skills with internationally acclaimed events. The mission will include a special gala dinner event to celebrate the new Sister City status. I am pleased to hear of this initiative and I offer my full support to the delegation ”
• August 2014, ACDC / South Aussie with Cosi visited to Qingdao to bring further definition to the project. Discussions focused upon securing SA content on Qingdao TV and a strategy of securing Qingdao content on SA TV (NWS9). Cosi was an attendee of the ACDC Sister City delegation of August 2014.
• ACDC facilitated a Sister City Delegation to Qingdao with 40 South Australians from Business, Music, Fashion, Sports and Investment, endorsed by the Premier, with several noteworthy outcomes through ACDC’s local connections, specifically; Cristina Tridente’s first Fashion Show at the Gala Dinner event hosted by ACDC and introduction of South Australian band, The Germein Sisters to the China market. They enjoyed enormous exposure to Chinese audiences through QDTV coverage of one of their performances to guests at the Tsingtao Beer Co. Official Banquet. Australia Indonesia Business Council national vice-president Dr Nathan Gray says: At last year’s Qingdao Beer Festival in China, known as Asia’s Oktoberfest, South Australian performers the Germein Sisters played to massive crowds. Not only did they sing their own songs, they learned and performed two Chinese pieces and the Tsingtao beer song. “That’s the way business is done in Asia,” Gray says. “Other states aren’t doing that.
• August 2014 The Germein Sisters China Tour, performed at the Australia China Development Company Sister City Gala Banquet in Qingdao. ACDC invited the Germein Sisters to perform at the official Sister City Gala Banquet held August 11th 2014 in Qingdao and greatly surpassed our guests’ expectations by performing three songs in Chinese. They enjoyed a number of other performances in Beijing and Qingdao, gaining experience of the Chinese music industry and creating meaningful connections. The Germein Sisters major performances were at the Australian Embassy Beijing, the ACDC Sister City Gala Banquet in the Copthorne Hotel Ball Room, Qingdao and the International Beer Festival’s Tsingtao Beer Gala Banquet.
• 7th August Germein Sisters perform @ Jianghu, Beijing
• 13th August 2015 Germein Sisters perform @ Dubliner Bar
• 15th August 2015 Germein Sisters perform @ “Lennon Bar”
• 16th August 2015 Germein Sisters perform @ “Qingdao Amerasia International School”
• Clara, Ella and Georgia lent their support to two lead-up fundraising activities: Music + Fashion + Film a preview of the Qingdao Sister City Mission Tour (2nd July at The Promethean) and the Sports & Arts Preview “Utilising sports & the arts as a conduit for business” (23rd July, The Astor)
• August 2014, The Norwood Bears Senior men’s team delegation to Qingdao led by Andrew Hunter.
• Cristina was a highlight of ACDC delegation. Cristina said ‘China presents a significant growth market for the South Australian business community and those creative fashion industry entrepreneurs looking for new markets , Qingdao has hosted 14 international fashion weeks since 2001, the most recent in April. Adelaide also has many of Australia’s internationally renowned hallmark events and we want to promote them to China.’
• Cristina was invited by ACDC to showcase her talents and South Australia’s fashion industry offerings at sister city activities in Qingdao and at an Australian Embassy event in Beijing. August 2014, Cristina spent two weeks in China showcasing her designs (including her Australian Wool collection) to individuals within the fashion industry both in Qingdao and Beijing.
• During the ACDC hosted delegation she directed a fashion shoot of Couture+Love+Madness on the Great Wall of China which featured upcoming China actress Lily Ji (Transformers 4) and presented an exhibition of selected garments during a cross cultural Australia China event in Qingdao, a city with a population of 10 million. Her efforts resulted in Mr Zhou Li Kun (Qingdao’s chief of publicity) offering Couture+Love+Madness to be featured at the 2015 Qingdao Fashion Week, something no other Australian designer has ever achieved.
• August 2014, Cristina showcased and promoted Adelaide as a destination to affluent high level connections in Shandong Province.
• August 2014 ACDC open dialogue for Cristina Tridente and her label couture+love+madness with the Qingdao Economic and Information Technology of China and the China Textile Industry Association about having Chinese designers and labels participate in the Adelaide Fashion Week.
• 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 .
• September 2014, ACDC and Confucius Institute discuss providing support to South Australian Fashion Designer, Cristina Tridente and her label couture+love+madness during her Qingdao International Fashion Week.
• 16th December 2014, ACDC Briefing ‘The Australia–China Free Trade Agreement: Key features and opportunities for South Australian Small and Medium Businesses’@ Minter Ellison Lawyers, 25 Grenfell Street, Adelaide
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.

 

February 2014,  Chinatown Adelaide 2014 Lunar New Year Street Party, 

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, ACDC, Mr Justin Ross Director Agribusiness Development PIRSA and Mr Sean Keenihan SA President Australia China Business Council.

April 2014, South Australian Government China trade delegation / mission &  Australia Week in China program led by The Hon Jay Weatherill, Premier of South Australia.

10th April, 2014,  Mr. Guo Shuqing, Governor of Shandong Provincial Government, met with the Hon Jay Weatherill, Premier of South Australia.

19th May 2014, South Australia – Shandong Investment Cooperation Forum was held in Jinan hosted Mr. Xia Geng, Vice Governor of Shandong Province 

18 June 2014 The Hon Jay Weatherill, Premier of South Australia releases the South Australia – South East Asia Engagement Directions Paper.

4th July 2014, Her Excellency Ms Frances Adamson the Australian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China speak to Australian China Business Council members and guests. The Ambassador’s speech was entitled ‘The Outlook for Australia’s Trade and Investment Relationship with China’. 

July 2014, South Australian Government China in-bound delegation from the aquaculture sector visiting Port Lincoln

Confucius Institute MOU with ACDC
ACDC and the University of Adelaide through its Confucius Institute have developed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly promote a greater understanding of South Australia’s relationship with China.This Memorandum of Understanding was signed by ACDC Chairman,  the Hon. Chris Schacht and Professor Kent Anderson , Pro-Vice Chancellor (International) from the University of Adelaide .The Memorandum of Understanding was witness by Professor Mobo Gao, Director, Confucius Institute, University of Adelaide and Chair of Chinese Studies, and Conan Fahey, Director of ACDC.

4th – 17th August 2014, ACDC Qingdao/Adelaide Sister City Mission,
Supported by tthe Hon Jay Weatherill, Premier of South Australia, the Sister City Delegation included 40 South Australian delegates from Fashion, Music, Sport, Performing Arts, & Investment. The delegation featured a Gala Banquet for 100 guests celebrating the Qingdao/Adelaide Sister City status. Qingdao International Horticultural Exposition and the Qingdao International Beer Festival.

August 2014, Confucius Institute of University of Adelaide’s South Australian parliamentary delegation to China

August 2014, South Australian Government China in-bound delegation from the grain industry

September 2014, South Australian Government China in-bound delegation from the dairy sector

5th  September 2014, Adelaide City Council’s Lord Mayoral Reception to welcome the 2014 OzAsia festival

7th  September 2014 , ACDC Chairman the Hon. Chris Schacht attended the signing of a memorandum of understanding between South Australia and Shandong regarding Tourism and Culture. Present to the signing was Premier Jay Weatherill, Vice Governor of Shandong, Mr Ji Xiangqi, Minister of Tourism Mr Leon Bignall, Minister of the Arts Mr Jack Snelling, Director-General Xu of the Shandong Culture Department, Director-General Yu of the Shandong Tourism Bureau, Deputy Director-General Li of the Shandong Foreign Affairs Office and other senior officials of the Shandong Government.

September 2014, Qingdao’s Song and Dance Troupe’s ‘Red Sorghum’ in Australia performance in Adelaide.

September 2014 – South Australian Government China trade delegation / mission: Minister for Education and Child Development, Hon Jennifer Rankine’s and Board of South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) in-market program

October 2014 – South Australian Government China trade delegation / mission: Minister for Employment, Higher Education and Skills, Hon Gail Gago MLC, in-market program

2013

2013 Chinatown Adelaide Lunar New Year Street Party

ACDC coordinated the largest Lunar New Year celebration ever held in South Australia in partnership with the Adelaide City Council and major sponsors the Tangcheng Group, the Mandela and Datong. 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.

2013 Discussions with local media identity Andrew Costello, (South Aussie with Cosi) to put SAWC content on QTV.

February 2013, The South Australian Tourism Commission & the Adelaide Airport sponsor Shanghai TV visit to film in South Australia

April 2013, MOU  agreement signed between the Adelaide Festival Centre and the Shandong government’s Department of Culture, 

“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.”
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-04-26/chinese-and-sa-forge-arts-links/4652470

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 
ACDC 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
channels
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.
http://www.agribusiness.asn.au/events/event/aaa-sa-breakfast-31st-oct-sa-china-strategy

 November 2013, Qingdao and Adelaide upgraded its 11 year friendly city relationship to a sister city relationship.

December 2013,  According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics there were nearly 27,000 international students enrolled in South Australia – more than 40% were from China. International education was valued at $924 million and was South Australia’s fourth largest export in 2013. http://www.in-business.com.au/enews/2014/october/enews-october-21/sinosa-a-sister-city-signing#.VFdIHPmUekF

 

2012

April 2012, South Australian Government launch of the China Strategy Directions Paper 

June 2012 , Signing of cooperation MOU between the Government of South Australia and the Chinese Embassy.

July 2012,  South Australian Government China trade delegation / mission led by The Hon Jay Weatherill, Premier of South Australia and Australian Ambassador to China Frances Adamson

August 2012,  ACDC assist to host the  Hebei TV crew visit to South Australia.

September 2012,  Vice Governor of Shandong, the Hon Xia Geng visits South Australia.

October 2012,   Mr Du Dechang, former Vice Mayor of Linyi city, Shandong Province visits Linyi’s Sister City of Salisbury 

November 2012 Australia’s Ambassador to China, HE Frances Adamson CEDA Address, 
“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

November 2012,  Inbound China Mayors Delegation. (23 mayors and vice mayors of second tier cities in China attend a Adelaide University 2-week training program)

December 2012,  South Australian Government launch of the China Engagement Strategy by the Hon Jay Weatherill, Premier of South Australia.

December 2012, 40th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Australia and China.

2011

 

 January 1st to March 25th, 2011, Travis “The Blues Man” Taylor China Tour / 
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.

January 2011, 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.

12th April 2011, H.E. Mr. Jiang Daming, Deputy Secretary of the CPC Shandong Committee and Governor of the province and H.E. Vice Governor Huang Sheng met with Hon. Michael Rann, Premier of South Australia in Jinan

ACDC Sponsors opening of Asian/Australian Art Gallery – Zi Gallery

ACDC conducts  two sessions for tourism operators in association with the South Australian Industry Tourism Council.

5 July, 10am – 1pm: Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre, Barossa Valley Way
26 July, 12pm – 3pm: Concubine Restaurant, 132 Gouger St, Adelaide

29th July, 2011 , ACDC were sponsors of “The “Delivered Exhibition 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

2010

FAHEY APPOINTED TO CCOIC / November 26th 2010
Conan Fahey  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
ACDC  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 ACDC 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”.

TACDC June 2010 Wine Mission

TACDC June 2010 Wine Mission

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 ACDC Chairman The Hon. Chris Schacht and Conan Fahey 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.

2009

CLINTON DINES EVENT / SEPTEMBER 2009
ACDC hosted a prestigious event featuring guest speaker Mr Dines who was the senior country executive in China for BHP/BHP Billiton.

Clinton Dines Speaks at TACDC Business Luncheon

Clinton Dines Speaks at TACDC Business Luncheon

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.

Conan Fahey at 8th National Congress

Conan Fahey at Eighth National Congress of Returned Overseas Chinese

2008

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 ACDC 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
ACDC/Armstrong Wines Youth Trade Mission 2008 to Vietnam – TACDC assisted Armstrong and Portavin in planning and preparation.

HEIBEI TV / 2008
ACDC 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
ACDC briefed and hosted the Adelaide United Soccer Team and official delegation in Jinan, Shandong Province.

2008 Federation of International Volleyball (FIVB) beach volleyball tour to Glenelg in 2008 

The Hon. Chris Schacht brought a leg of the 2008 Federation of International Volleyball (FIVB) beach volleyball tour to Glenelg in 2008. Chris was the president of Australian Volleyball Federation, the vice-president of the Oceania Volleyball Zone and a member of the FIVB legal council. http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/top-50-people-who-have-most-influence-in-south-australian-sport/story-e6frea83-1226660605618

2007

ACDC was a sponsor of  OzAsia Festival artist.

2006

On the 3rd and 4th of October 2006 ACDC 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.

Conan Fahey Wins Award for Qingdao Volleyball

Conan Fahey Wins Award for Qingdao Beach and Water Sports Festival

ACDC established  cooperation agreements with  the Douglas (Qingdao) Wines Co Ltd,  Qingdao Sports Bureau, and  The China Qingdao International Economic & Technical Cooperation ( Group) Co., Ltd

2005

January 
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.

February 
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

March
C. England, The Advertiser, “How we can hitch a ride on China’s roaring trade tiger”, interview with Conan.

April 
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.

May 
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 ACDC 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 ACDC 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, ACDC 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 ACDC 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.

2004

March

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.

April
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.

June 
Redstar Magazine, the Good, the Bad and the Banquet, pp44. -article, author C. Fahey

June/July 2004
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”.

August
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.

December 
Minister Michael Wright visits Shanghai.

December
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.

2003

November 
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.

2002

March 
Conan  participant in the Flinders University Graduate Mentor program. Mentored by Mr. Darryl Treasure from the South Australian Government’s Department of Premier and Cabinet. Mentoring Chinese international students from Qingdao as part of the Flinders University Graduate Mentor Program.

November
Premier Mike Rann visited Shanghai in November 2002 and later visited Beijing, Jinan and Qingdao in November 2003.

3rd-17th November 
Conan took part in the outgoing trade mission to Hong Kong and Qingdao

December
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.

 

Chris meeting Former Premier of China Mr. Zhu Ronhgi

Chris meeting Former Premier of China Mr. Zhu Ronhgi

1995

June-July 1995 the Hon., Chris Schacht official visits to China, Vietnam and Philippines,  China,

September 1995  the Hon., Chris Schacht official visits to China

1993

Chris again met Zhu Rong Ji on a return visit to Australia. Zhu Rong Ji subsequently became Premier of China and is credited with introducing the economic reforms that have led to China becoming the world’s largest economy, in gross terms in October 2014.

1991

 14-26, July 1991, the Hon., Chris Schacht, Leader, Australian Delegation to China and as a Senator Chris met the then Deputy Premier of China Mr. Zhu Rong on behalf of the Australian Government and Parliament.

8-20, November 1992. the Hon., Chris Schacht, Leader,  Australian  Delegation to China.

 

1986

ACDC Chairman the Hon. Chris Schacht visits Shandong Province, China.

1986 – ACDC the Hon. Chris Schacht visits Shandong Province, China.

Premier John Bannon’s personal initiatives to forge closer links with China, particularly the relationship with Shandong.[1]

1986 the Shandong / South Australia sister state relationship is established.[2]

[1] http://www.mikerann.net/assets/Speeches-and-Lectures/November-2012-Flinders-UniversityLaunch-of-the-Bannon-Collection.pdf
[2] https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1301&dat=19860408&id=a5AyAAAAIBAJ&sjid=MegDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6332,5091547&hl=en