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Australian delegation to the Australia China Business Forum.

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The Hon Teresa Gambaro MP Federal Member for Petrie Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs

Media Release

TG08 20 October 2006


Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Teresa Gambaro MP, will lead a fifty-strong Australian business delegation to the Second Biennial Australia China Business Forum (ACBF) in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Macau from 23-27 October.

The Forum, jointly organised by the Australia China Business Council (ACBC) and the Australian Chambers of Commerce in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, will bring together experts from the public and private sector to discuss developments in the Chinese economy and opportunities for future growth. The theme of this year’s forum is Converging Interests: China and Australia

Building for the Future.

‘The ACBC and the Australian Chambers of Commerce in China have played an important role in developing Australia’s economic and trade relationship with China. Events such as this Forum further enhance those opportunities for Australian and Chinese businesses to get to know each other,’ Ms Gambaro said.

In Beijing, Ms Gambaro will give the keynote address at the opening session of the Forum. Representatives from Chinese Government and business, as well as Australian delegates from a cross-section of the Australian business community, will be present. Ms Gambaro will also hold a range of bilateral meetings with Chinese ministries.

In Shanghai, Ms Gambaro will open the Shanghai Office of CPA Australia and meet senior officials of the Shanghai Government and business.

‘As the world’s sixth largest accounting body, CPA Australia has had a long association with China. CPA’s Shanghai office launch demonstrates the growing ties between our countries in education and professional services,’ Ms Gambaro said.

As part the broader ‘Celebrate Australia, Australia Style’ week of promotional events organised by Austrade and the Australian Consulate in Shanghai, Ms Gambaro will visit a City Supermarket chain store to promote Australian food and beverages. She will also give the keynote address at the Shanghai leg of the Forum.

In Hong Kong, Ms Gambaro will attend the annual Australian Chambers of Commerce Business Awards in Hong Kong on 26 October. The Awards recognise businesses that have made an outstanding contribution to the Australia-China economic and trade relationship. She will then travel

to Macau to meet Australian business representatives in the territory and representatives in the Macau Government.

Ms Gambaro said Australia and China enjoyed a booming economic and trade relationship that reflected the strength of the complementarities between both economies. Her visit will highlight a range of opportunities to further strengthen commercial relations between Australian and Chinese businesses.

Media inquiries: Dean Savage 0438 171 330 Traci Williams (Departmental) 02 6261 1555