AustCham Hong Kong delegation to Canberra - Shaping the policy of Australia’s engagement with Hong Kong

Date: 25-27 June 2019

 

 

Following the recent Australia Federal Election, AustCham Hong Kong led its first high-level delegation
to Canberra – forging closer ties between key decision-makers in Australia and AustCham Hong Kong.

While Hong Kong is in the height of summer, delegates arrived in Canberra in a 4 °C evening with the
warmest welcome from our hotel sponsor Ovolo Nishi – our delegates were greeted upon arrival by the
coolest entrance and welcome bags in the room.

 

 

 

Day 1

Led by Chairman Andrew Macintosh, delegates met with Senator Jane Hume, Assistant Minister for
Superannuation, Financial Services, and Financial Technology at Parliament House, Canberra.

 

Austcham Hong Kong delegates at Parliament House, Canberra

 

Located on Capital Hill in Canberra, Parliament House is the assembly point of the Parliament of Australia.
The building was originally designed to look like two boomerangs and contains 4,700 rooms, and the
main foyer features a grand marble staircase and encompasses more than 6,000 works of art including 
portraits of every prime minister as well as significant parliamentary figures.

 

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The delegates then met with senior Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade Officials at the R.G. Casey Building.


 

A wonderful lunch hosted by Head of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Australia and New Zealand, Raymond Fan. 

 

 

A few snapshots of another meeting at Parliament House with Minister for Trade, Tourism & Investment Simon Birmingham.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The delegates then met with China Specialist and Deputy State Director (Victoria), Austrade, Chuyang Liu,
at Monster Kitchen and Bar, Ovolo Nishi.

 

 

Delegates met with ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr at the Legislative Assembly Building. The building is over 50 years old and is open to visitors who wish to learn about the history of the Australian Government and how the system works. The Assembly Building also holds an extensive art collection. We learned that Canberra, the city, itself was designed in visually appealing circles and curves to appear evenly distributed and aesthetically pleasing.

 

 

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The day concluded with meeting the senior members of the Canberra press gallery.

 



 Day 2

 

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Delegates also attended the Australia China Business Council’s annual networking day which began with an address by the Chinese Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Cheng Jingye who spoke of the long-standing trade, investment and people to people ties between Australia and China.

 

The approximately 150 delegates to the ACBC networking day heard from a number of senior business leaders and entrepreneurs who spoke about the opportunities in China.  Australia’s innovation and expertise in industries ranging from ageing technology through to culture and sport, and confidence in Brand Australia as a trusted source of quality fresh food and produce by Chinese consumers continue to drive trade and investment opportunities.

 

 

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Stunning sunset view along the way from the Parliament House to the Embassy of the PRC.

 

Later, delegates were invited to a cocktail reception at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China.


His Excellency Cheng Jingye, Chinese Ambassador to Australia, speaking at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China

 

The goal of the two-day visit was to forge closer ties with key stakeholders on issues of critical importance to our members including the Double Taxation Agreement between Hong Kong and Australia, the need to raise Asia capability in corporate Australia and to learn more about the new Morrison Government’s position on engagement with China (and Hong Kong). 

 

"The Canberra delegation was a great opportunity to further strengthen the profile and ties between Australian businesses in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area and the policymakers and influencers in Australia. I look forward to regularly supporting these delegations and furthering the interests and bi-lateral ties between these business and policy centres," said AustCham Hong Kong Chairman Andrew Macintosh. 

 

Thank you to our hotel sponsor: