State of the Nation: China. Leveraging Australia - China Sister City Relationships for better business outcomes


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Leanne van Diemen


Sister City relationships play an important role in developing international economic partnerships. The Sister City Program acts as a springboard and catalyst for new investment and knowledge-sharing opportunities, cultivating economic growth across a host of trade, industry and business sectors. These relationships also promote tourism, inbound education and increasing social and cultural benefits.

As Chinese culture highly values relationships and trust, having sister city pairings can give Australian cities and towns a foot in the door to take advantage of increased business, tourism and education opportunities. These relationships already exist in the City of Perth with Nanjing and Chengdu and right across Australia and China.

Join us at this event to learn how you can maximise the opportunities available as a result of Australia - China sister city relationships.

Expert speakers will share their experiences of engaging with China through sister city relationships.

Opening remarks 
The Hon Bill Johnston MLA Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Commerce and Industrial Relations; Electoral Affairs; Asian Engagement

Keynote address
Shaun Miller, Manager, Economic Development and Investment, Warrnambool City Council
will provide insight into the opportunities and challenges that Warrnambool City Council and its business have faced as their sister city relationship with Changchun has developed to assist local business to successfully engage with China.

Expert panel 
Judy Zhu, Director, Australia Star Holdings Group
Nicholas Henderson, Director, Asialink Business
Further panellists to be announced.

Date: Thursday 26 July 2018
Time: 7.30am arrival for 8.00am start, concluding at 9.30am
Eucalypt & Mallee Rooms, The Westin, 480 Hay Street, Perth
Registration: CLICK HERE
Registrations close Monday 23 July

We hope you are able to join us for this event. Places are strictly limited for this event and registrations are essential.

For further information please contact Leanne van Diemen at