A LARGE Chinese trade delegation has been told it is time to do business in South Australia by the Vice Governor of Shandong.
The 200-strong delegation from Shandong has arrived in Adelaide to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the sister state relationship and explore trade opportunities in agriculture, aquaculture, education, health and resources.
Addressing the opening of the business fair at the Hilton Hotel in the centre of Adelaide, Shandong Vice Governor Xia Geng stressed that after building business, cultural and sporting relationships for 30 years, it was now time to strike “win-win” deals across all sectors.
“It is time to bring together development opportunities with a forward looking perspective,” Vice Governor Xia said.
“It’s time to tap our potential for trade, we need to import more premium products from South Australia.
“We need to further embrace collaboration in the service industry, in health and tourism especially.”
The Premier of South Australia, Jay Weatherill, said South Australia had the resources and expertise to help Shandong achieve its stated aim of transitioning from a “big province into a strong province”.
“South Australia is ready to work with Shandong to help them achieve their goals,” Premier Weatherill said.
“We can work with Shandong today, not merely next month or next year, but today.”
China is South Australia’s highest export partner with an export value of $2.3 billion.
The business showcase featured 86 South Australian companies from across a range of industries, including, food and wine, agribusiness, health, ICT, manufacturing, tourism and property.
The Premier and Vice Governor used the occasion to officially launch the South Australian branch of the Shandong Chamber of Commerce.
Chinese delegates will visit Port Lincoln to experience the region’s unique seafood and aquaculture industry as well as visit the Royal Adelaide Show to meet animal husbandry and agriculture experts.