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The Greater China Future Leaders Dialogue is part of the OzAsia Festival in South Australia


A gathering of young Australian leaders interested in Chinese-Australian relations will meet next week as part of the OzAsia Festival in South Australia.

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Initiated and hosted by the Australia-China Young Professionals Initiative (ACYPI), the Greater China Future Leaders Dialogue will take place on Tuesday 29 September at the Adelaide Festival Centre.

The dialogue will bring together 60 young professionals and experts to discuss the issues important to them in the relationship between China and South Australia.

The dialogue is a great opportunity to discuss cultural differences and build mutual understanding

The ties between South Australia and it’s sister province in China, Shandong, have been a highlight of two trade delegations in the past year, one of South Australians to Shandong and a recent trip of Chinese officials and businesspeople to Adelaide.

The forum will feature five industry-led roundtables, exploring business and entrepreneurship, culture, technology, education, tourism and careers with the aim to present these findings to the South Australian government and business community.

Senior Consultant in Risk Assurance at PwC Ben Watkins will attend the roundtable on culture, sports and cooperation.

“I spent three years on exchange at Ming Chuan University in Taiwan. I hope to use my knowledge of Asian culture and industry to provide an informed perspective to South Australian leaders on how to engage Asia in these areas,” Watkins said.

“The dialogue is a great opportunity to discuss cultural differences and build mutual understanding,” Watkins said. “A Chinese student studying in Adelaide may have never seen an AFL match, for example, and may choose to not accept an invite to attend a game as they don’t want to lose face by having to ask how the game is played.”

The owner of Hahndorf Inn in the Adelaide Hills, Andrew Holmes, is sponsoring the roundtable on tourism and migrants, and will speak on how he turned a German pub in an Australian town into a must-see attraction for Chinese tourists.

The education roundtable will be sponsored by Study Adelaide and presented by its Chief Executive Karyn Kent.

South Australian Minister for the Public Sector Dr Susan Close will open the evening session, where forum findings will be shared by selected delegates to government representatives and business leaders.

The founder and City Co-Director of ACYPI, Aaron Duff, said the Future Leaders Dialogue would give a voice to youth who generally do not have a say in developing Australia’s relationship with China.

“We were pleased with the number of applications we received and registration for the roundtables are now closed,” Duff said.

However, business delegates are still welcome to register for the evening, which begins at 6pm at the Banquet Room, Adelaide Festival Centre, followed by OzAsia Festival’s Night Noodle Markets.

Duff was inspired to start the ACYPI Adelaide chapter in 2014 after returning from living in China.

“ACYPI is the premier platform for young professionals to engage with the Australia-China relationship. It provides opportunities for young professionals to connect with significant commercial, political and academic leaders, making SA a more vibrant and attractive place,” he said.


活动由中澳青年精英领袖团(Australia-China Young Professionals Initiative, ACYPI)发起、主办,于9年29日周二在阿德莱德节庆中心举行。论坛将集结60名青年精英领袖和业界专家,探讨中国和南澳关系相关的重要话题。
代表普华永道风险控制部的高级顾问本·沃特金斯先生(Ben Watkins)将出席论坛,参与圆桌对话探讨文化、体育及合作等话题。
阿德莱德山德国村的Hahndorf Inn 老板安德鲁·赫尔姆斯(Andrew Holmes)赞助“旅游与移民”话题的圆桌讨论,并将发言分享自己如何将澳洲小镇上的德国酒馆发展为中国游客必去的旅游观光点。
教育领域圆桌讨论将由StudyAdelaide赞助,其执行总裁凯伦·肯特女士(Karyn Kent)引导讨论。
中澳青年精英领袖团创始人及联合主席亚伦·达夫先生(Aaron Duff)表示,“未来领袖论坛”将代表基本没有发言权的青年精英在澳中关系发展中发声。他说:“我们很高兴看到众多年轻人申请参与,现在圆桌会谈已截止注册。”
商业代表仍可以注册到场,论坛于晚6点在阿德莱德庆典中心宴会厅(Banquet Room)举行。之后是澳亚艺术节的“面点夜市集”。
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