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Sydney: Explaining the ??? (13th Five Year Plan)

23 November 2015

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

The Five Year Plan is China’s seminal planning document which sets out the key priorities and objectives for Chinese economic and social policy over the next five years.

In late October 2015, Chinese leaders of the CPC Central Committee met in Beijing to discuss and finalise China’s 13th Five Year Plan. Although the full text of the 13th Five Year Plan has yet to be approved and announced by the National People’s Congress a number of key policy changes have already been publicised. Early indication includes likely reforms to the One Child Policy, GDP growth targets, poverty reduction, health policy and green energy amongst other.

Join the Australia China Business Council for a joint event with the Australia China Chamber of Commerce (AustCham Beijing) to review the success and outcomes of the 12th Five Year Plan as well as an opportunity to gain an understanding on what to expect from the 13th Five Year Plan.



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Ms Tracy Colgan

President and Beijing-based Managing Director of Kamsky Associates

Tracy Colgan is President and Beijing-based Managing Director of Kamsky Associates, Inc. In these capacities, she is responsible for the overall management and strategic direction of KAI, as well as overseeing the structuring and implementation of client engagements involving China and the Asia Pacific Region. In addition to her executive and management responsibilities, Tracy remains heavily involved in strategy formulation and implementation for KAI’s clients

. Her experience has spanned a range of sectors and functional areas, including financial services, automotive, natural resources, aviation, specialty chemicals and printing and packaging for a global client list, and she has been actively involved in facilitating investments into and out of China, and within the Asia Pacific region.

Tracy is a graduate of Melbourne University with a B. A. (Hons) in Chinese Literature and a B. Comm with a major in comparative economics. She first came to China a recipient of a corporate scholarship in 1987, and continued with postgraduate studies in Wuhan and Beijing before joining KAI in 1993. She has been named as a “Leading Australian in Asia” and one of Australia’s “50 for the Future” and has served on the Board of AustCham Beijing since 2010.

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Laurie Smith

Principal, Shuhou Associates

Laurie Smith first ventured into China during the 5th Five Year Plan when the 'Four Modernisations' were getting into full swing.  He has studied and worked in China in government and private sector roles at various times during the 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th Five Year Plan periods.  He also has an interest in Soviet history and its influences on China and its governance and is a fluent Mandarin speaker. He is based in Sydney pursuing a range of advisory and non-executive interests following a decade with Austrade working first in China and then as head of its International Network until earlier this year.

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Dr Alice de Jonge

Senior Lecturer, Department of Business Law and Taxation (Monash University)

Alice de Jonge is a senior lecturer in law at Monash Business School, Monash University.  She lectures in International Law and Comparative business law in Asia.  Her most recent books have been on Transnational Corporations and International Law and Women Directors in China and India. 

Dr Jim Harrowell AM

President, Australia China Business Council NSW

Partner at Hunt & Hunt. Jim has practiced as a litigation lawyer for over 30 years and is a partner and former Chair and Managing Partner of Hunt & Hunt. He is the Immediate Past Chairman of Interlaw, an association of 65 law firms with 6,500 lawyers in 116 major cities throughout the world. Jim is President of Australia China Business Council (NSW) and member of the National Board, and the Chief Legal Representative for the Shanghai office of Hunt & Hunt, which was opened in 1998. He is also a member of the China Expert of the Law Council of Australia and the Attorney-General’s China Working Group. Jim became a member of the UNSW Confucius Institute Advisory Board in 2009. The UNSW Confucius Institute is a partnership between UNSW and Shanghai Jiao Tong University in Shanghai. Jim is a foreign arbitrator with the China International Economic & Trade Arbitration Commission and the only Australian accredited as a foreign arbitrator by the Shanghai Arbitration Commission. Jim is also the Chairman of the Aged Care Standards & Accreditation Agency Ltd. Jim was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2006 Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List for services relating to international relations, in particular China.

Running Order (TBC)

11:30                     Registration Opens

11:45                     Welcome speech from Dr Jim Harrowell AM, President, Australia China Business Council NSW

11:50                     Presenter 1: Ms Tracy Colgan, Chair, AustCham Beijing

12:05                     Presenter 2: Dr Alice de Jonge, Monash University

12:20                     Presenter 3: Mr Laurie Smith, Principal, Shuhou Associates

12:35                     Panel discussion moderated by Mr James Hudson, Chief Executive Officer, Australia China Business Council NSW

13:00                     Networking lunch

14:00                     Event close


Date: 23 November 2015

Time: 11:30-14:00

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