China trade a hot topic

Countryman - - COUNTRY LIFE - Cally Dupe

The who’s who of WA’s grain in­dus­try gath­ered at Perth’s Optus Sta­dium to lis­ten to a key­note ad­dress from one of China’s most im­por­tant food bosses.

The an­nual Grain In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion of WA fo­rum fo­cuses on some as­pect of WA’s trade and in­vest­ment re­la­tion­ship in grain in Asian mar­kets.

This year, the spot­light was on WA’s No.1 agribusi­ness mar­ket, China.

COFCO In­ter­na­tional Aus­tralia New Zealand chief ex­ec­u­tive Bruce Li em­pha­sised the need for Aus­tralian food ex­porters to fo­cus on Chi­nese con­sumers’ de­mands.

Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Alan­nah MacTier­nan opened the event, re­in­forc­ing the im­por­tance the im­por­tance of trade op­por­tu­ni­ties un­der the China Aus­tralia Free Trade Agree­ment.

Mr Li joined a panel dis­cus­sion with CBH mar­ket­ing and trad­ing gen­eral man­ager Ja­son Craig and Burch Fam­ily Wines chief ex­ec­u­tive An­thony Wilkes, mod­er­ated by Plum Grove ex­ec­u­tive chair­man An­drew Young.

GIWA chair Bob Nixon thanked guests and wel­comed the con­tri­bu­tion Chi­nese for­eign di­rect in­vest­ment in agri­cul­ture could make to re­gional job cre­ation and lo­cal economies when suc­cess­ful com­mer­cial part­ner­ships were formed.

Tom, Indi and Mike La­mond.

John Young, El­iz­a­beth Bren­nan and Shane San­der.

Josh John­son, Rus­sell East­wood and Rod Birch.

Mark Narus­trang, Neil Wan­del and Adam Laitt.

Pic­tures: Cally Dupe

Mary Raynes and Me­gan Cech­ner.

Bill Bai­ley, Re­nee Lynch and Bryan Kil­patrick.

Robert Nixon and Brian McAlpine.

Frank O'Hare, Alan Mel­drum, Rhys Tur­ton and Paul Kelly.

Kayla Evans and Rachel Nash.

Steve Meer­wald and Si­mon Wilkin­son.

Trent Kensett-Smith and Tim John­ston.

Robert and Tanya Kitto.

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