2012 Sydney China Business Forum

The Sydney China Business Forum is an international leaders forum that addresses global and strategic China business issues of importance to Australia.

The forum brings together thought leaders and decision makers from Australia and China to discuss emerging opportunities and challenges and to devise strategic responses.

About the 2012 forum

According to the Federal Government’s Energy White Paper, Australia, in the years running up to 2030, will require more than $200 billion in infrastructure investment to sustain its resources and energy industries.

Much of this infrastructure funding will need to come from overseas sources, including China. Such an influx of investment is an enormous opportunity for Australian businesses, with vast potential to sustain or lift long-term economic growth.

The Sydney China Business Forum 2012 will discuss the need for an Australian strategic response to the anticipated rise of Chinese capital seeking investment, to maximise opportunities for the Australian infrastructure sector and encourage spill-over into other industries.

The forum also addresses Sydney’s role as Australia’s international financial hub in diversifying financial cooperation with China.

The four panel themes for the 2012 forum are:

  • China’s role in Australia’s energy infrastructure investment
  • Can Australia’s regulatory framework cope with large-scale Chinese infrastructure investment?
  • Combining financial and technological cooperation with Chinese infrastructure partners
  • How can we encourage spill-over from Chinese infrastructure investment into other areas?

The program

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The forum will take place on 25 September 2012 and includes panel discussions, speeches and workshops.

Our keynote speakers include the Hon. Martin Ferguson MP, Australia’s Minister for Resources and Energy; the Hon. Warwick Smith AM, Chairman of ANZ Bank NSW and ACT; and Mr Qu Yingpu, Deputy Editor of China Daily, China’s largest English-language newspaper.

The University of Sydney’s China Studies Centre will host a gala dinner to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Australia–China diplomatic relations, and the keynote speaker will be the Premier of New South Wales, Mr Barry O’Farrell.

Booking information

Date: 25 September 2012
Venue: Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney

Cost and tickets

Forum and dinner $660
Forum attendance only $510
Dinner attendance only $210

To purchase your tickets, you can either book online or call (02) 9351 7940.

Structure of the day

What's on Time
Registration 8am
Panel discussions 9.30am to 5.15pm
Dinner 7pm

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