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Sydney: Accessing New South Wales Networks in China

25 November 2015

Level 13, 1 Macquarie Place, Sydney, NSW

NSW greatly values its strong and growing relationship with China and its people.  China is NSW’s largest trading partner, its most valuable tourism market, its greatest source of international students and an increasingly important source of investment.

Two-way trade between NSW and China is approximately $30 billion per annum and trade has grown by an average of 9% per annum over the last five years.  NSW also exports $6 billion worth of goods to China each year with major products including resources, textiles and pharmaceuticals. Australia exports $6.7 billion worth of services to China, with the largest being education and travel services.

With the finalisation of ChAFTA, there has never been a better time for companies in New South Wales to better understand the opportunities in China. 

Join the Australia China Business Council for a lunch seminar to understand how the NSW Government can assist companies in successfully entering the China market.  Speakers include NSW Trade and Investment Commissioners based in China and case study presenters from New South Wales companies.

About the Speakers

Ms Cher Jones, Trade & Investment Commissioner for South China and Hong Kong, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet

Cher is an Australian and was born and raised in Hong Kong. She has a postgraduate MBA degree from the University of Michigan and undertook a Master Degree of Public Policy with the Australian National University. She speaks fluent Cantonese and Mandarin.

Cher is the Trade and Investment Commissioner, and Senior Representative of New South Wales Government for South China, and Hong Kong. Prior to that, Cher was the Associate Director of the Australian and New Zealand Banking Group ‘ANZ’ Guangzhou Branch with responsibilities in corporate and institutional banking for large local corporations in South China.

She also previously lived in Australia for over eight years. The first 5 years was with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) as Market Analyst and Executive Program Officer contributing to the commercialisation of Australian intellectual property in food technology, agribusiness and biotechnology.

She later joined Invest Australia, Department of Industry, Innovation, Science and Research in Canberra, Australia and Guangzhou as Senior Investment Director where she accumulated extensive experience in inward investment portfolio, including setting up Invest Australia’s new agency in China Guangzhou and representing Invest Australia at a senior level in south China.

Before her migration to Australia, Cher had a rewarding career with Cathay Pacific Airways in the areas of human resources responsible for staff performance appraisal and counselling, and marketing to develop new inflight product and services specialised in consumer research and brand management.


Mr Tony Zhang, Trade & Investment Commissioner for North China, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet

Tony was appointed as Trade & Investment Commissioner for North China and established the NSW Government Business Office in Shanghai in August 2009.  Tony leads the NSW Shanghai Office to attract Chinese investments into Sydney and NSW and assist NSW companies in doing business in China.  Tony is also responsible for building and maintaining the relationship with Chinese government at all levels. 

Prior to his current role, Tony was Trade Commissioner at the Australian Embassy in Beijing.  His team was responsible for the sectors of financial services, mining, energy, food and beverage and helping Australian companies to conduct business in China.  He also managed the Austrade Qingdao Office in Shandong Province.

Tony served at Austrade Sydney Office as a Senior Export Adviser before moving to China in early 2007.  He assisted hundreds of Australian companies to export products or establish business in China. 

Tony has a strong network in Chinese and Australian governments, as well as major Chinese enterprises.  He has over 18 years of experience in international trade and investment.  The investment projects he has been involved in were worth billions of dollars.

Tony has a Bachelor of International Business from the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing and a MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Massachusetts, United States.



Date: Wednesday 25 November 2015

Time: 11:30-13:00 followed by a networking lunch from 13:00-13:30

Venue: Offices of Hunt & Hunt, Level 13, Gateway, 1 Macquarie Place, Sydney 

Tickets: members of ACBC/ECA: $33, non-members: $55




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