Australia – China relations a focus of international business conference

1 JANUARY 2003

Business relations and comparisons between Australia and China is a major focus at an international business conference being hosted this week by Charles Sturt University.

Business relations and comparisons between Australia and China is a major focus at an international business conference being hosted this week by Charles Sturt University (CSU).
 
International speakers from South Africa, Scotland, the United States of America, China, Thailand, Malaysia and New Zealand will join leading Australian business management and economic experts at the Third International Conference on Contemporary Business, to be held in the NSW Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.
 
In examining the growing business links between Australia and China, over 100 speakers will also address such diverse topics as:
  • Regional business issues in Australia and overseas;
  • ethical business practice;
  • governance, leadership and emotional intelligence in modern businesses;
  • the future of marketing;
  • international economics and finance;
  • emerging trends in people management;
  • social responsibility in business; and,
  • international and national issues in accounting.
One of the conference convenors and Acting Head of CSU’s School of Marketing and Management, Dr Grant O’neill, said the discussions on economic relations between Australia and China were particularly relevant given the proposed Free Trade Agreement between the two trading countries.
 
“The conference will gather together some of the foremost economic and business academics in Australia and Asia,and this will allow them the opportunity to explore the latest ideas and issues in their areas while assisting research networks to be formed,” Professor O’neill said.
 
“In the last two years China has accounted for a quarter of world growth in global trade. As part of our Asia Pacific community it is critical that Australia understands the emergence of China as a major trade partner and that we work to support and develop relationships with China as an economic powerhouse.
 
“The conference theme, Engagement and Change: Managing in a Free Trade Environment, reflects a critical issue currently facing businesses in the Asia-Pacific region. Business academics have an obligation to seek to understand our rapidly changing business environment and facilitate economic growth and business performance.”

The conference will be held at the Peppers Fairmont Resort, Leura, NSW, on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 September, with the meeting to be officially opened by Charles Sturt University Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Goulter at 8.30am on 21 September.

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