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Australia China BusinessWeek (ACBW) 2016 Adelaide

Next Tuesday – 29th November 2016, Adelaide Convention Centre

Australia China BusinessWeek (ACBW) 2016 Adelaide will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

The formal program of ACBW Adelaide will consist of a mix of informative seminar session and a keynote luncheon. Representatives from the South Australian government, ACBC-South Australia and key industry influencers in the South Australia-China space, will present at this high-profile conference.

Why Attend?

The ACBW 2016 Adelaide program will provide insight into:

  • Current trends and business opportunities for South Australian SMEs in the China market
  • Challenges and opportunities of Chinese cross border e-commerce
  • How Chinese online influencers are shaping the way Chinese consumers purchase
  • China’s outward investment boom – Chinese firms looking to expand their footprint in Australia and what it means for Australian businesses. What do the Chinese investors look for?
  • China’s latest economic development plans, industrial policies and its implications for Australia China bilateral trade.
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Who should attend

  • Business owners and executives responsible for developing their business China strategy
  • Marketing and Business Development managers who want to gain insights into how to market to the Chinese consumers
  • Export managers wanting to network and connect with potential business partners and buyers




North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia 5000

The Adelaide Convention Centre opened its doors in 1987 with the twin aims of setting a new benchmark for convention facilities and services in Australia and contributing to the South Australian economy by attracting a high yield tourism sector to the State.

We have succeeded on both counts. We have a global reputation for excellence, as reflected by a string of awards and a high rate of repeat business, and to date we have created more than $1 billion in economic benefit for South Australia. We’re very proud of that.

Tuesday 29th November

8:30am – 12:00pm

ACBW Forum – Session 1

The ACBW 2016 Forum will provide a general overview to the ambiguous, complex and often volatile environment of the Chinese market.

Representatives from Austrade and the South Australian government will be joined by local business leaders to discuss the latest opportunities and insights for South Australian products and services, in China.

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12.00pm – 2.15pm

ACBW 2016 Luncheon

The highlight of Australia China BusinessWeek 2016, the ACBW 2016 luncheon is a high-profile event linking Australian businesses with the most important leaders within the Australia-China space. With the Keynote address to be given by The Hon. Martin Hamilton Smith MP, Minister for Trade and Investment, this is an event not to be missed.

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2:25pm – 5:00pm

ACBW Forum – Session 2

The ACBW Forum is a series of seminars that brings together industry professionals and thought leaders to discuss and gain valuable insights into the trends shaping China economy, the opportunities that they provide for Australian companies, the changing relationship between Australia and China and the implications for businesses operating between the two countries. The agenda is designed to encourage interactive discussion and learning.


ACBW Keynote Luncheon

Hon. Martin Hamilton-Smith MP
Minister for Investment and Trade | Minister for Small Business
South Australia

Chris McLachlan
Head of Client Risk Solutions, Institutional Banking & Markets, Commonwealth Bank

Keynote address to be given by The Hon. Martin Hamilton Smith MP, Minister for Trade and Investment, Minister for Small Business, South Australia.

Launch – the Australian China Business Council (ACBC) together with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CommBank) are pleased to invite you to the launch of The Renminbi: From The People’s Money to a Global Currency. A collaborative initiative between ACBC, CommBank and PwC.

Moderated by Sean Keenihan, the panel of speakers will explore the practical implications of doing cross-border trade and investment in RMB and the implications of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement with respect to both Australian and China economies.

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ACBW Keynote Luncheon: Moderator and Panelists

Sean Keenihan
President, of the ACBC SA and SA Government Strategic Adviser for China

Joseph Capurso
President, South Australia Branch

Brad Gay
Senior Manager, PwC

Wei Li
Director, Asia Economist at CBA

Richard Dolan
General Manager, Wines by Geoff Hardy

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ACBW Forum Program

8:30am – 5:00pm, Tuesday 29th November


8:30am – 9:00am

ACBW 2016 Adelaide Forum Session 1 – Registration

9:00am – 9:10am

Address on behalf of ACBW Committee

Ray Evans
Chair ACBW Forum

9:10am – 9:30am

South Australia and China: where are we now and where are we headed

Sean Keenihan
President of the ACBC SA and SA Government Strategic Adviser for China

9:30am – 10:20am

Trade Panel: What’s next; from rocks and crops to tourism, health and education.

We are seeing the emergence of tourism, health and ageing and services as key growth sectors in the SA-China trade relationship. How, where, when, what – our panel of experts will discuss

Sean Keenihan
President, of the ACBC SA and SA Government Strategic Adviser for China
Craig Katz
CEO, Australian Produce Collective
Tim Storer
Director, Austofix
Brett Greene
Managing Director, Ageless Products
Anthony Coles
Managing Director, Sinosphere

10:20am – 10:40am

China’s Cross Border eCommerce Trade and Opportunities – AusPost

Tim will discuss the latest domestic and international online retail trends and international ecommerce opportunities, with a particular focus on the Asia Pacific region. He will share some compelling customer case studies and recent ecommerce innovations designed to make the lucrative Chinese market more accessible to Australian ecommerce sellers.

Tim Brown
Cross Border Marketplaces Manager, Australia Post

10:40am – 11:00am

Morning Tea Break

11:00am – 11:50am

Investment Panel: Investing in Australia

Australia has outperformed many larger countries in attracting Chinese investment over the last decade. What are we seeing in South Australia and what are we expecting to see in the coming years? What do the Chinese investors really want and how to engage them?

Sean Keenihan
President, of the ACBC SA and SA Government Strategic Adviser for China
Ryan Gu
Senior Business Banking Manager, NAB
James Young
State Chief Executive | South Australia, Colliers
Philip Grifoni
Manager – Business Migration, Department of State Development

2:25pm – 2:30pm

Session Two: Introduction

Boyd Peters will provide the delegates with an overview of the afternoon session. This session will look more specifically at various entry points into China’s market, and Boyd will outline the upcoming discussion topics and introduce the speakers.

Boyd Peters
CEO, InvComs

2:30pm – 2:50pm

Empowering Global Trade with the Latest Payment Solutions

Speaker will share valuable insight on how using the right Fintech in payment solutions can support Australian companies with their international growth objectives
Joe McGuire
Global Head of Sales and Partnership, Airwallex

2:50pm – 3:10pm

Case Study: How Chinese Online Influencers are shaping the way Chinese consumers purchase?

Last year, a list compiled of China’s 100 most popular online influencers dominated media’s attention with the son of the richest man in China,the man behind Wanda Group topping such a list. The majority of the people are also verified influencers on Weibo and Wechat. Thanks to the large followship they enjoy, one tweet from the influencers usually costs brand sponsors a fortune. These influencers are shaping how urban and younger consumers make their purchases. Ben Sun, Managing Director of Think China, an award winning China digital consultancy agency based in Australia will explore the topic further with you.

Benjamin Sun
Director, Think China

3:10pm – 3:30pm

Afternoon Tea Break

3:30pm – 4:10pm

Cross-border Trade Panel: What are the challenges and opportunities of Chinese cross border e-commerce?

Join this high profile panel of China digital marketing experts to discuss the potential benefits & pitfalls of the Chinese eCommerce market

Boyd Peters
CEO, Invcoms
Joe McGuire
Global Head of Sales and Partnership, Airwallex
Benjamin Sun
Managing Director, Think China
Tim Brown
Cross Border Marketplaces Manager, Australia Post

4:10pm – 4:30pm

Case Study #2 – Australia’s Wine Industry: Opportunities in mainland China and Hong Kong

Richard Dolan
General Manager, Wines by Geoff Hardy

4:30pm – 5:00pm

Wrap-up Session

Boyd Peters, CEO, InvComs, together with the guest speakers will provide a summary of the aforementioned presentations, highlighting the key “take-away” points.
Boyd Peters
CEO, Invcoms

Disclaimer: Please kindly note that this program is for reference purpose only and may be subject to change on the day of the event. Australian Business Forum reserves the right to change and amend the program accordingly.