Is Chinese investment our saviour?

14 September 2012

NSW Premier the Hon. Barry O'Farrell MP will give the keynote address at the forum.
NSW Premier the Hon. Barry O'Farrell MP will give the keynote address at the forum.

Chinese involvement in the Australian energy sector is currently one of the country's most hotly debated economic issues.

According to the federal government's Energy White Paper, over the next two decades Australia will need to invest more than $200 billion in infrastructure to sustain our resources and energy industries.

Much of this investment will need to come from overseas sources, and China has both the technical expertise and the funds to become a major investment partner.

A special one-day forum in Sydney on 25 September will explore the opportunities that Chinese investment in Australian infrastructure presents. It will examine the challenges, the commercial and regulatory landscape and the need for collaboration given the international competition for funds.

The 2012 Sydney China Business Forum, organised and presented by the University of Sydney's China Studies Centre, will bring together leading Australian and Chinese business leaders and decision makers to discuss key themes in the infrastructure and investment issues involving both countries.

Can Australia better leverage Chinese technical expertise and can we secure Chinese investment in other Australian industries?

Keynote speakers will include Martin Ferguson, Australia's Minister for Resources and Energy; Malcolm Turnbull, Shadow Minister for Communications and Broadband; Andrew Stoner, Deputy Premier of NSW and NSW Minister for Trade and Investment; Mr Qu Yingpu, Deputy Editor of China Daily, China's largest English language newspaper; and leading representatives of China's energy, transport and infrastructure industries.

Among the topical issues to be considered by the forum will be the characteristics of Chinese infrastructure investment and whether Chinese state-ownership has practical implications for Australia's competitive environment. Can regulatory and business considerations actually combine for the benefit of all parties?

The forum will be followed by a gala dinner, featuring a keynote address by the Premier of New South Wales, the Hon. Barry O'Farrell MP in which he will discuss Australia's energy challenge and the prospects for Chinese investment in NSW and Australia.

Commenting on the forum Mr O'Farrell said, "As Premier of NSW, I am delighted to endorse the 2012 Sydney China Business Forum as a leading business forum in NSW on China Australian business engagement. This year, the NSW Government welcomes the forum to NSW Parliament House to explore the issue of investment in resources and energy infrastructure, an issue of significance to the future of NSW."

"I am pleased that the University of Sydney's China Studies Centre will bring together business, government and academic experts from Australia and China to explore the complexities of the issue in the 2012 Forum."

Event details

What: 2012 Sydney China Business Forum 

When: 8.30am to 5pm, Tuesday 25 September

Where: NSW Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney. See map 

Cost: See conference website 

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