China trade a hot topic
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.
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.