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Brisbane: Members Only The Licence That Matters: Report Presentation

29 August 2017

Hopgood Ganim, Level 7, Waterfront Place, 1 Eagle Street, Brisbane


Initiative of the ACBC Qld Food and Agribusiness Working Group
Time:          9:45am Registration for 10:00 - 11:30am (Including Morning Tea)
Cost:           Complimentary for Members - 50 Seats Only
RSVP:         Thursday 24 August 2017

As discussions about the level of Chinese investment into Australian agribusiness grew during 2016 and into 2017, global public affairs firm Powell Tate undertook a comprehensive research study to determine the underlying causes and seek ways to address the issues. That research resulted in the report The Licence That Matters: Beyond Foreign Investment Review Board Approval For Chinese Investment in Australian Agriculture & Agribusiness”. The report was recently launched in Beijing China and received wide coverage in both the Australian and Chinese media. The findings of the report have application beyond the agriculture and agribusiness sectors and will be used to inform a study on Chinese investment worldwide.

The report’s principal author, Alistair Nicholas, will be in Brisbane to speak to us about the research project, its findings and lessons for prospective Chinese (and other) investors into Australia on how to obtain a “social licence” to operate in the market.   
Join ACBC QLD Food & Agribusiness Working Group Members to discuss trends in Chinese investment in this sector.

Alistair Nicholas - Executive Vice President & Director Special Projects, Powell Tate Australia
Alistair Nicholas is Executive Vice President and Director of Special Projects at Powell Tate Australia. In this role he assists clients, including a number of foreign companies, with stakeholder engagement strategies and government relations and public affairs campaigns in Australia. He has more than 30 years’ experience working across Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the United States, and Asia. He has been a trade policy advisor to the Federal Coalition and he was Australia’s Trade Commissioner to the World Bank and United Nations, based at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC. Immediately prior to returning to Australia in 2013, Alistair had spent 13 years in leadership roles with a number of government relations and public affairs agencies in Beijing China. His clients have included global Fortune 100 companies.

Headquartered in Washington DC, Powell Tate is a specialist government relations, public affairs and issues and crisis management consultancy firm. It is wholly owned by Weber Shandwick, the world’s largest public relations agency. For further information about Powell Tate Australia visit powelltate.com.au.