China-Australia Business Week

Media release

3 March 2014

Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb today invites Australian businesses to support one of Australia's biggest ever trade missions to China in April.

The Minister will lead a delegation of up to 600 business people to China from 8-11 April as part of Australia Week in China in a push to further strengthen Australia's commercial ties with our biggest trading partner.

Events will be held across the cities of Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu and Guangzhou. Expressions of interest are being sought from interested Australian businesses that are keen to participate. The mission will involve Prime Minister Tony Abbott as part of a broader north Asia visit.

While China is our largest trading partner, with two-way trade reaching A$130 billion last year, there is great scope to deepen our relationship well beyond our import of Chinese consumables and the export of our natural resources.

"China's economy is changing; the focus on export and investment has shifted to the domestic consumption of an exploding middle class," Mr Robb said.

"This growth will drive incredible consumer demand and open up new opportunities for Australia across so many areas compatible with our strengths; the things we do as well as any and better than most," he said.

Industry-themed events are planned across a range of sectors consistent with our commitment to back Australia's strengths. They include agribusiness, mining equipment, technology and services; education, health, tourism, food, beverage and consumer services including luxury goods and fashion; financial services, built environment, including urban planning and architectural services.

Australia Week in China will focus attention on what Australia has to offer and will assist businesses already active in China while providing information and contacts to those Australian companies considering the China market for their products and services.

Tourism Australia will also launch an extensive campaign to promote Australia to independent travellers.

Companies interested in participating in the trade mission to China can access more information from the Austrade site at:

http://www.austrade.gov.au/export/events/international-events/awic-2014/eoi

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