Strengthening relationships between China and Geraldton

Chinese Consul General MOU signing 290514

The Australia-China Business Council Western Australia (ACBC WA), has this week visited the Mid West as the start the first of four regional tours with the Chinese Consul General, Dr Huang Qinguo.

The regional tours have been designed by ACBC WA to help the recently appointed Dr Huang to familiarise himself with opportunities to further trade and investment between four key regions in Western Australia and China, namely the:

  • Pilbara;
  • South-West;
  • Kimberley; and
  • Mid West.

Dr Huang was part of the signing of an MOU to strengthen the trade and investment facilitation relationship between ACBC WA and the Mid West Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“We are delighted that Dr Huang has shown such a significant interest in the trade and investment opportunities for China that originate from our regions," Adam Handley, President of ACBC WA said.
"The regional tours will enable Dr Huang to see the opportunities first hand and to meet key stakeholders who are committed to the growth of Chinese trade and investment with the regions.”
Deidre Willmott, Chief Executive Officer of CCI WA, said the CCI is proud to partner with the Australian China Business Council.
"We are proud to to promote the high quality, world leading capabilities of Western Australian businesses across the State," she said.
"Regional visits like these are important to establishing partnerships between regional businesses and new trade and investment partners from major trading partners like China."
As part of the tour, Dr Huang and his fellow delegates enjoyed a visit to the Batavia Coast Maritime Institute, a visit to see a Mandarin language and cultural class at Geraldton Grammar School, an inspection of the Fishermen’s Co-op – Processing Facility as well as a fly over tour of the proposed Oakajee Port project and Abrolohs Islands and a tour of Geraldton Port.
Dr Huang said he was very impressed with his first visit to Geraldton.
"Geraldton has a natural advantage both geographically and it is a region that is very rich is resources," he said.
"I look forward to see that there will be more developments and improvements for infrastructure to support  mining developments here in the Mid West.
"I trust with the development of infrastructure here, it will attract more Chinese interest and this will further enhance the trade and ecomic relationship between China and Australia."