Businesses invited to join Delegation to China

Yass Valley Council is calling on the local business community to submit their expression of interest to participate in a business delegation to Wuzhou, China in March 2018. The confirmed itinerary is still to be finalised and will depend on the businesses participating but will likely include Wuzhou (Guangxi) and Huizhou (Guangdong) two cities in Southern China with a combined population of 8 million residents. Both cities are in provinces adjoining one of China’s largest cities Guangzhou which has direct flights from Sydney. Key target sectors for the delegation include agriculture, tourism, and food and wine producers.

Photo: Mayor Rowena Abbey visited the Wuzhou Guanghua Textile Product Co. during a government-to-government delegation to Wuzhou in November 2017. This company processes cotton for household textiles and major clients include WalMart. The company are currently investigating an expansion into wool processing

“Our Friendship City Agreement is still very much in its infancy, with a formal agreement anticipated in mid-2018, but we are keen to take advantage of the strong relationship we have already established,” said Yass Valley Mayor, Rowena Abbey. “The reason for establishing a relationship between Yass and Wuzhou is to drive economic, social and cultural opportunities between the two regions.” 

A preliminary program for the business delegation is being compiled and coordinated by the ACT China Chamber of Commerce President, Andrew Ng in conjunction with Council’s Economic Development and Tourism Manager, Sean Haylan.  

The estimated cost for the six day/five night visit is $2800 per delegate. Two nights in each city plus one night in Guangzhou; includes accommodation, meals and local transportation (does not include airfare from Australia and visa fees). A full break down of costs will be provided to each delegate once the program is confirmed.

Interest is invited in writing stating the sector of interest, desired outcome and at what stage of export readiness your business is. EOIs need to be received by 5.00pm Friday 2nd February and are to be sent to with the subject line “Wuzhou 2018”. Businesses wanting more information prior to submitting an EOI are invited to contact Sean Haylan – 6226 2557.

NB: By lodging an expression of interest businesses are not committing to any financial contribution or the trip, it is simply a means to allow organisers to determine details around the trip based on the businesses involved and approximate numbers.