The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is one of our generation’s most significant opportunities to enhance global trade and investment connectivity.
China’s transition to a more open economy is founded on principles of inclusiveness, cooperation and collaboration, but how can this be leveraged by local businesses?
That question will be answered at Newcastle China Week’s Business Forum on Friday 13 October 2017 at NeW Space.
With presentations from academics and China experts, expect to learn about the topic in more depth, including the impact it will have on trade development, investment opportunities, tourism growth and the enhancement of economic ties between Newcastle and China going forward.
Presented by the Confucius Institute at The University of Newcastle, in partnership with Central China Normal University, the Business Forum is part of a series of events from 12 to 15 October, celebrating the economic, educational and cultural relationship the Hunter Region shares with the world’s second largest economy.
The University of Newcastle’s Director of Institution Relations for Greater China, Cher Jones, explained the concept as a kind of re-imagining of the legendary Silk Road.
“What is incredible about this audacious undertaking is that it is set to generate $US1 trillion worth of projects and will involve 65 countries, so it is vital that businesses in Newcastle, Central Coast and the Hunter Regions have the opportunity to get on board and ride the wave,” said Cher.
The event will be opened by Professor Tony Travaglione, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Business and Law. The event is structured with two streams and will conclude with a lively panel discussion.
Speakers at this year’s Business Forum include:
- Dr Hao Tan, Senior Lecturer in International Business and Strategy at the Newcastle Business School
- Dr Jim Harrowell, New South Wales’ Special Envoy to China
- Mr Nick Coyle, Executive Director and CEO, AustCham Beijing
- Ms Tracy Colgan, President, Kamsky Associates
- Mr Geoff Crowe, CEO, Port of Newcastle
- Ms Cheng Lei, Anchor, CCTV News, Host of CCTV News Biz Asia
- Mr Oliver Tams, Travel Partnerships specialist at Think! Procurement
- Mr David Thomas from Think Global (MC)
The event is made possible due to the continued support of Newcastle City Council, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, Port of Newcastle and Port Waratah Coal Services, demonstrating their commitment to celebrating and creating an opportunity-rich future for Newcastle through a strong Australia-China relationship.
IMAGE | Newcastle China Week Business Forum 2016. Photo credit: Aaron Darc.
The Confucius Institute at the University of Newcastle is the leading provider of high quality Chinese literacy programs in the Hunter, the Central Coast and regional NSW. Working with business, government, educational and community partners, we are dedicated to strengthening and expanding exchange and cooperation between China and our region.
As part of the University of Newcastle's International and Advancement Division, the institute also plays a major role in developing the University's capacity to effectively engage with China.