AustCham Shanghai Chairman’s Column: Expo access with AustCham Shanghai

As Expo settles into Shanghai, AustCham Shanghai is helping members to build business with exclusive access to Expo and a distinguished speaker series, reports Stephen White, Chair, AustCham Shanghai.

Since the launch of Shanghai World Expo 2010 AustCham Shanghai members have enjoyed privileged access to events both in and out of Expo. Members have been addressed at AustCham Shanghai events by Victorian Premier John Brumby, NSW Premier Kristina Keneally, Australian culinary icon Stephanie Alexander, and Chief Economists from three of Australia’s leading banks.

As an Associate partner of the Australian pavilion, AustCham Shanghai has been able to offer its membership exclusive access to a range of functions inside the Australian pavilion including: several industry-specific forums and networking functions; the AustCham Shanghai Gala event celebrating Australian business in China; as well as invitations to many of the industry specific events organised by DFAT, Austrade and other pavilion stakeholders.

Through the Chamber, members have been invited to key events where they have had the opportunity to meet senior government officials including: the Minister for Trade Simon Crean, the Treasurer Wayne Swan, the Australian Governor General Quentin Bryce, as well as receiving access to key Expo Australia Day events such as the flag raising ceremony and several VIP concerts. Access to Expo events will continue for AustCham Shanghai members throughout 2010. The AustCham Shanghai Business Directory (Shanghai World Expo 2010 Edition) has been widely distributed at Australian pavilion and AustCham Shanghai events and provides easy to access information on AustCham Shanghai member businesses in Shanghai. Stop by the new AustCham Shanghai office on Taoyuan Lu to pick up your copy.

GREAT AUSTRALIAN BALL XV 2010 – SAVE THE DATE

Celebrating its 15th year, the widely renowned Great Australian Ball XV will be held on Saturday, September 11. Save the date in your diary and prepare to dress up for a night of outstanding entertainment. This is AustCham Shanghai’s largest annual community outreach fundraiser with over RMB2.2 million raised for community projects since 1996.

This year’s theme is:

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF OZ There’s no place like home…

Interested in sponsorship? Visit the website www.austchamshanghai.com

CHINA AUSTCHAMS NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP BUSINESS DIRECTORY

The June 2010 edition of this new and improved national cooperative electronic database has been issued to membership. Featuring a new design and improved search functionality, the latest addition includes the memberships of AustChams Beijing, Shanghai and South China. Join any of the China AustChams for your free copy or contact any China AustCham to purchase a copy.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2010

AGM 2010 saw strong attendance across Corporate Membership from a range of industries in Australia-China business. Members reviewed AustCham Shanghai’s achievement and progress through a difficult economic year and welcomed the new Board Directors. This year’s Board with Executive Director Kim Gilliland will continue to lead a strong Expo year program and growth strategy on behalf of membership.

GREATER CHINA AUSTCHAM

AustChams Beijing, Hong Kong and Macau, Shanghai and South China, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore the creation of a single AustCham China identity. A Greater China AustCham will increase service offerings to members on a national scale and provide scope for a single Australian voice on policy issues affecting members.

AUSSIE DRINKS CENTRAL

Every Friday night, AustCham Shanghai hosts Aussie Drinks at Kakadu. Visitors and Expo guests welcome. Venue: Kakadu, 8 Jianguo Zhong Lu near cnr Chongqing Lu

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