Australian and African businesses will be offered an unmatched opportunity for networking with key decision makers during an international trade and investment conference hosted by the Australia Africa Business Council (AABC) on the Gold Coast in September.
The conference serves as a platform for dialogue, the exchange of ideas, trade and investment opportunities. It will be of particular interest to business professionals in mining, technology, education, finance, tourism, manufacturing, climate change, infrastructure development and agriculture sectors. Key specialists will provide in-depth analyses of the African and Australian business environment and opportunities available. The conference also serves to dispel myths and allow for informed investment decisions by disseminating information that makes sense of some of the key issues affecting the trade and investment relationship between Australia and Africa.
The conference is inline with the mandate of the AABC which is to forge, facilitate, strengthen and grow the bilateral trade and investment relationship between Australia and Africa. Aiming to unite business communities on both continents, the AABC promotes business networks, social contacts and increased trade and investment between Africa and Australia.
African High Commissioners to Australia, Australian High Commissioners to Africa, senior trade commissioners and key industry professionals from both continents will attend, reflecting the importance given to growing the Australian-African relationships. Major sponsors of the conference are the Queensland Government, South African High Commission Canberra and Trade & Investment Limpopo.
Under Australia's Rudd labor government, the policy on Africa is one of positive engagement. Australian federal and state governments and the business community are strengthening the bilateral relationship with African countries as the emerging African markets provide lucrative investment opportunities for Australian businesses in a variety of industry sectors.
The conference will be held at Sea World Resort, Gold Coast from September 6 to 8, 2009. It includes a gala speed networking event on a luxury yacht, as well as other networking events.
In addition, Austrade, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Australian High Commissioners to Africa will provide valuable first hand information on the African markets in a panel discussion. From the African delegation, high level African government and business representatives will present investment opportunities and incentives to Australia investors facilitating informed investment decisions. Industry professionals from both continents will discuss topics encouraging the African/Australian bilateral relationship.
The line up of high-end business and government specialists from both continents will provide an indepth insight into mining, technology, agriculture, education, finance, tourism, manufacturing, infrastructure development and climate change opportunities. Questions will be open to the floor at the end of each session. The cost for the three day conference is $550 for AABC members or $875 for non-members. This includes lunches, dinners and attendance at entertainment and networking events during the conference. to book, visit http://www.aabc.net.au/.