Connections with Asia
An economic priority
Our economic development strategy identifies long-term, sustainable connections with Asia as a priority for the City in order to deliver greater benefits to local businesses and the economy.
The inaugural Future Asia Business Luncheon on Tuesday 24 February, hosted by Lord Mayor Clover Moore, saw the CEO of Austrade, Bruce Gosper explain how Sydney businesses can benefit from Australia's new free trade agreements with China, Japan and Korea.
For more information on the event, visit the Sydney Media website.
To ensure Sydney remains actively engaged with Asia, the City works with a range of key partners to present forums and programs that strengthen our connections in the region.
During the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival – the largest lunar celebration outside Asia – the City hosted business forums each year to establish and develop trade and investment links between Sydney and the designated partner city or province in China.
The visiting delegations met with officials from the State Government, the City and local business community representatives to exchange commercial prospects and build networks. The forum has been held 6 times since 2008 with delegations coming to Sydney from, Shaanxi (2008), Henan (2009), Chongqing (2010), Hubei (2011), Chengdu (2012) and Shenzen (2013).
We run workshops specifically designed to help retail, hospitality and tourism businesses engage successfully with Chinese visitors to Sydney. 'China Connect' increases knowledge of cultural sensitivities, expectations and preferences of Chinese customers.
Creating cultural exchanges
The Chinese New Year Festival's twilight parade is the highlight of the festival in Sydney that continues to grow with increasing interest from local community groups each year.
The City provides cultural opportunities for local artists to take part in the festival including lion dancing, eye-dotting ceremonies, Blessing of the Water, taking part in the twilight parade and the Chinese New Year markets.
Promoting business and cultural connections
The City provides a business precinct grant to the Haymarket Chamber of Commerce and street banners to promote the Chinatown area's unique identity.
Asia On Your Doorstep returned for another year as an official part of the Sydney Good Food Month program. In 2014, 71 food establishments participated offering a range of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Malaysian, Indonesian and Vietnamese cuisine. The dining campaign aims to raise awareness about the diversity of cuisine on offer in Sydney's Chinatown and to attract visitors.
The City also provides support to the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney through its Sydney China Business Forum.
Last updated: Tuesday, 5 May 2015