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Construction industry delegation to China 4-13 October 1984



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MINISTER FOR

HOUSING AND CONSTRUCTION The Hon Chris HURFORD MP -Jw A U STR A LIA

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY DELEGATION TO CHINA

4 -13 OCTOBER 1984

Background

The M in is te r fo r Housing and C o n s tru c tio n , the Hon Chris H urford MP w ill be lead in g a high le v e l co n stru c tio n and consultancy in d u s try d e leg a tio n to China from 4 to 13 October 1984.

The v i s i t w ill b u ild on the growing contacts between A u s tra lia and China, p a r t ic u la r ly the v i s i t to A u s tra lia by Prem ier Zhao Ziyang in A p ril 1983,

Mr Hawke's v i s i t to China in February th is y e a r, and Deputy Prime M in is te r

Bowen's v i s i t to China in June th is y e a r.

Mr Hurford w il l be renewing h is frie n d s h ip s w ith s e n io r Chinese Government lead ers. Mr Hurford hosted Prem ier Zhao's v i s i t to A u s tr a lia in 1983.

The co n stru c tio n in d u s try d ele g a tio n w ill be having discussions w ith sen io r Chinese Government M in is te rs and o f f i c i a l s in B e ijin g , Quinhuangdo, Liaoning Province (Shenyang, Liaoyang D a lia n ), and Shanghai.

A u s tra lia n firm s and consutants are a lread y undertaking j o i n t ventures in China and the purpose o f th is v i s i t is to fo llo w -u p s p e c ific p ro je c t

opp o rtu rrities and increase A u s tra lia n in d u s try 's involvem ent in C hina's development programs.

There are e x c e lle n t prospects fo r A u s tra lia n in d u s try to p lay a s ig n ific a n t

ro le in C hina's in fr a s tr u c tu r e development. In a d d itio n , th e Chinese

con struction in d u s try is designated to become the p a c e s e tte r in reform o f e n te rp ris e management under C hina's outw ard-looking s tra te g y . P r i o r it y is being given to upgrading o f fo u rte en designated p o rts , and th e re are promising o p p o rtu n itie s in th e upgrading o f e x is tin g in d u s try and the development o f urban and tra n s p o rt in fr a s tr u c tu r e . These p o te n tia l openings are p a r t ic u la r ly re le v a n t to th e A u s tra lia n eng in eerin g c o n stru c tio n secto r which is s u ffe rin g from depressed conditio ns here in A u s tr a lia .

O bjectives

The fo llo w in g broad o b je c tiv e s have been s e t fo r the v i s i t :

. gain an understanding o f Chinese development p o lic ie s and pro sp ective o p p o rtu n itie s fo r involvem ent by the A u s tra lia n C onstruction In d u s try , p a r t ic u la r ly in r e la tio n to m ajor in fr a s tr u c tu r e p r o je c ts .

. b u ild on e a r l ie r contacts by Government and in d u s try and a s s is t in d u s try id e n tify in g and developing s p e c ific commercial o p p o rtu n itie s p a r t ic u la r ly in r e la tio n to the metal en g ineering s e c to r.

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Parliament House, Canberra

Membership

The d e le g a tio n w il l be lead by the M in is te r fo r Housing and Construction and the M in is te r A s s is tin g the T reasurer the Hon Chris Hurford MR.

O ther members are:

Mr S W a llis , C h ie f E x e c u tiv e , Leighton Holdings Ltd

Mr A W e lls , General Manager (C o nstruction D iv is io n ) and a D ir e c to r , White In d u s trie s Ltd

Mr M A lv e s , Managing D ir e c to r , A llc o S teel Corporation

Mr A Blunn, S e c re ta ry , Department o f Housing and C onstruction

Mr R Hawkins, F ir s t A s s is ta n t S e c re ta ry , Department o f Housing and C onstruction

Mr W Newton, Department o f Trade

The d e le g a tio n w i l l be meeting w ith sen io r Chinese Government M in is te rs and o f f i c i a l s .

. in B e ijin g : M in is te r o f Urban and Rural C onstruction

Rui Xinwen, and Vice M in is te r Li an Zhong

. in Hebei Province: Mayor o f Quinhaungdo

. in Liaoning Province: R epresentatives o f th e Liaoning

P ro v in c ia l Government and C ity o f Shenyang Mayor o f D alian

. in Shanghai R epresentatives o f Shanghai Government