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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 5 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 1832 ..

What activities has the Government undertaken to promote business relations.

Has the high level steering committee been established to implement activities arising from Cooperative Business Council and if so, who are its members.

What "mutual business opportunities"have been identified by the Council in (2) above since the signing of the above MOU.

Since the signing of the above MOU, how many official joint the ACT Government/business visits to China have been undertaken and how many official visits from China has the ACT hosted.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

The Government has undertaken the following activities to promote business relations.

The continuation of reciprocal official delegations aimed at enhancing business opportunities arising from the Sister City Relationship.

In September 2002 BusinessACT reached agreement with five organisations, (Australian National University, the University of Canberra, ACTEW Corporation, the Hindmarsh Group and the CIT) on the Beijing Steering Committee to jointly fund a pilot project known as 'Business Outcomes from China'. The initiative involves monthly visits to Beijing and Hangzhou by a contracted officer.

Under the 'Building Business in Beijing' project funded by the Federal Government, won by the Canberra Business Council (CBC), BusinessACT and the Canberra Business Council have worked closely to maximise business opportunities in China for the ACT and the region. This cooperation has resulted in BusinessACT speaking at regional seminars and having a representative on the project's steering committee. A database has been developed of ACT & regional companies interested in business opportunities in China. The CBC adapted BusinessACT's Beijing Business Opportunities Register into an electronic prospectus of the ACT and region's capability.

Yes, the Beijing Steering Committee (BSC. Members of the Committee are:

Denis Page (Chair)

Paul Perkins (ACTEW)

John Hindmarsh (Hindmarsh Group)

Peter Phillips (Endeavour Consulting)

Hua Wang (Multicultural Council)

Professor Ian Chubb (ANU)

Professor Roger Dean (UC)

Gail Gardner (CIT)

Chris Peters (ACCI)

Dr Colin Adrian; and

Peter Gordon, CMD

The BSC has identified a range of Olympic related opportunities including:

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