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TransAsia and Freehills Host "Invest in Australia" Conference

06 December 2007

Beijing: TransAsia, in collaboration with Freehills and the China Industrial Overseas Development and Planning Association (CIODPA), hosted a conference entitled "Invest in Australia - Beijing 2007". The conference, which was the brainchild of TransAsia, was held with the official endorsement of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), as well as the support of the Australian Embassy in China. The conference focused on informing PRC companies and SOEs on the various regulatory and political issues involved with investing in Australia.

Vice Chairman of the NDRC, Minister Zhang Xiaoqiang, the Australian Ambassador to China, Dr. Geoff Raby, and other senior officials and prominent executives spoke at the event, which was attended by over 200 senior business leaders and government representatives from both countries. Delegates agreed that the conference presented a unique opportunity to observe the growing importance of Sino-Australian relations, and receive practical insight into investment in Australia. The overwhelming success of the conference has led to the request for, and planning for smaller-scale workshops on select subjects, to be held next year in Australia.

Speakers at the conference included:

  • Mr. Zhang Xiaoqiang, Vice Chairman, NDRC
  • Dr. Geoff Raby, Australian Ambassador to China
  • Mr. Liu Liange, Vice President, Export-Import Bank of China
  • Mr. Henry Wang, Invest Australia
  • Mr. Li Lianzhong, Chief Economist, CPC Policy Research Office
  • Mr. Luo Yi, Managing Director Australia, Chief Representative China, The Carlyle Group
  • Mr. Simon Moore, Managing Director Australia, The Carlyle Group
  • Mr. Ben Foskett, CEO, Invest Victoria
  • Mr. Zhang Zijian, Commissioner, Queensland Government Trade and Investment Office - Shanghai and Beijing
  • Mr. Jiang Baocai, General Manager, International Cooperation Department, SinoSteel
  • Mr. Andrew Low, Head of Asia, Macquarie Capital Advisers
  • Mr. Wang Jingbo, General Manager, SinoSure
  • Mr. Fan Chunyong, Secretary-General, CIODPA
  • Mr. Gan Ziyu, Chairman, CIODPA
  • Mr. Zheng Sizhen, Chairman, Jiangsu CIODPA
  • Mr. John Curtis, International Managing Partner, Freehills
  • Mr. Leon Pasternak, Partner, Freehills
  • Mr. Jesse Chang, Managing Partner, TransAsia Lawyers

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