Business mission to open doors to China’s market

The South Australian Government is organizing a business mission led by Premier Weatherill to Shandong from 5-9 April 2016.  The mission’s itinerary includes a visit to Linyi City which the City of Salisbury signed a friendship City Agreement in late 2015. This present businesses a unprecedented opportunity to have access to a ranges of resources to help local businesses open doors to trade matching opportunities in China.

To participate in the Government’s outbound China Business Mission in April 2016, register your interest.  The draft itinerary can be seen here.

Video showcasing early inbound mission- September 2015

The State Government is currently seeking expressions of interests from firms who are:

  1. currently exporting to the China market
  2. currently exporting, however not yet engaged with China
  3. export capable and requiring international market experience in order to commence trade and export activities
  4. seeking partners for prospective investment.

The City of Salisbury will be participating in the business mission and is keen to build on their recent signing of the Friendship Agreement.  As part of the visit to Linyi City we will be meeting with representatives of the Linyi Municipal Government to explore commercial opportunities that may exist between firms in our two cities.  We would welcome your participation in these discussions so they have a strong commercial focus.  To help us plan this part of the visit Council is seeking (non-binding) indications from firms that might be interested in participating.  If you would like to register your interest in being involved (whether or not you are joining the State Government’s mission), please contact Ben Kirchner on 8343 8456  or bkirchner@salsibury.sa.gov.au by 12 February 2016.

Why China?

Business areas which are seen China’s economic growth over the past two decades has been significant, and Australia-China economic and trade relationship continues to expand steadily. China is now Australia’s largest two-way trading partner in goods and services, valued at more than A$150billion in 2013; Australia’s largest goods export destination, valued at A$95billion in 2013; and Australia’s largest source of imports, valued at A$47billion in 2013.

China is South Australia’s largest and most significant trade two way trading partner, making nearly a third of the state’s total exports ($3.35billion in the 12 months to July 2014).

City of Salisbury has a diverse capacity to meet China industrial growth and urbanisation be it agricultural produce, cleantech, advanced manufacturing or service sector skills.

How to get involved

Expressions of interest, which close 26 February 2016, can be made at http://www.statedevelopment.sa.gov.au/investment/business-missions#register.  The City of Salisbury would encourage you to consider joining the mission.