Related documents are listed at the end of the report.
The task of establishing a criteria for evaluating Chinese and Australian cities, and also for setting the priorities for commercial activity, needs now to be confronted in a systematic way.
It should be possible to evaluate each city in terms of at least four criteria:
Trade between the Chinese city and Australia, and similarly between the Australian city and China. The major geographical locations and product/service categories should also be identifiable.
Investment as above especially outward investment from cities, inward investment sources may be more difficult to analyse.
Industry plans by municipalities and major locally based companies can be obtained to identify both immediate opportunities and growth complementarities with cities in the other country.
Commerce business relationships at the institutional levels are usually confidential, but there are all sorts of public and private Australia China linkages that are on record through government, associations, universities and the media sources.
A pattern of economic relationship between Australia and China can be built up in this way suitable for evaluation purposes and deciding priorities among cities.
Assisting this process will be the future Australia Education and Business Training Centres in China and the annual Workshops in Australia on Urban Services, Rural Industries, Infrastructure and Commercial Culture.
In this respect the following priorities are suggested:
urban design, real estate and property
international trade services
finance, insurance and business services
communications, transport and local storage
wholesale and retail
entertainment and recreational activities
government services such as public administration, health and social welfare
township and village enterprises
aquaculture, including fisheries and processing
livestock and animal husbandry
forestry and timber industries
mining and energy production
urban and rural water supply and reticulation
solid waste disposal
gas supply, especially transmission and distribution
electricity supply, including generation, transmission and distribution
telecommunications in its totality
air transport systems
sea transport systems
land transport systems (rail and road)
The task of analysing each of the 200 Chinese cities and 100 Australian cities according to these criteria will not be easy or achieved quickly. Nevertheless a grid developed from the current relationship between Chinese cities and Australia, and Australian cities and China, based on these priorities will provide an economic snapshot, or foundation for identifying concrete future opportunities for member companies and therefore accelerate commercial linkages between Australian and Chinese non-government bodies.
The Chamber Key City Strategy is never static. It has evolved with knowledge and experience according to changing circumstances over the last decade. It will do the same over the next decade. However the growing sophistication of the Australia China relationship is now making possible aspects of the Strategy that proved too difficult to accomplish in previous years.
The City Index concept is one
more step forward.