The Australia-China Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New South Wales





Introduction to the Chamber’s Key Cities Strategy

The strategy was implemented in 1996 as a procedure to organise and consolidate the co-operative agreements previously entered into by the Chamber with cities and provinces in China.  It also created a process to expand the network of co-operative agreements.

The strategy continues to evolve and has changed since it was first implemented.  For this introduction, we list major “milestones” in its evolution:


ACCCI Trade and Investment Strategies with China: The Network of Co-operative Agreements with Cities and Provinces in China. This is sometimes referred to as the “Blue Booklet” and describes the nature of the Chamber’s co-operative agreements.  It is reproduced here with the original text.


ACCCI Trade and Investment Strategies with China: Implementation of the Key Cities Strategy in China.  This is sometimes referred to as the “Green Booklet” and describes the program devised for the cities with which the Chamber initiated co-operative agreements.  It also is reported here with original text.  Refer to the more recent documents for maps and details about the cities.


The list of “Key Cities” was extended to include a target number of over 200.  The targeted list appears in Key Cities Index.


Recent developments in the strategy are available in ACCCI Key City Strategy and Programme in China 2002/2004

2006 - 2008

Signing of the Nanjing-Sydney Sister City Agreement in March 2006

Memorandum of Understanding between Wuhan (Hubei Province PRC) and Newcastle (NSW Australia dated 11 July 2007 plus HBR article on the memorandum.

Policy speech by Michael C.H. Jones to Hunter Councils Board at Lake Macquarie City Council, NSW, on 28 February 2008, entitled: “A Hunter Region – Wuhan Municipal Economic Relationship”. Click here for a copy in MS Word.

Media release by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade dated 8 February 2008.

2009 - 2010

A copy of the historic MOU between Chongqing City and Greater Sydney Municipality that was signed by Lord Mayor Clover Moore and witnessed by NSW Premier Kristina Keneally at the Sydney-Chongqing Business Forum on 22 February 2010 can be obtained from: http://www.accci.com.au/DA_MOU_A.pdf.  Photographs taken at the Forum are available at: http://www.accci.com.au/Sydney_Chongqing.pdf.

An invitation to the Australasia-China Sister Cities Summit (ACSCS and the Australasia-China Business Summit (ACBS) at Parliament House of NSW from 28 June to 30 June 2010 is available at: http://www.accci.com.au/ACSCS&ACBSInvitation2010.pdf.  Also available is the list of supporters in China of the ACSCS and ACBS: http://www.accci.com.au/ACSCS&ACBSChinaSupporters.doc.

Link to the Web page of the Australian International Trade Association and Associates for current information on trade missions to China and a list of conventions and exhibitions: http://www.aita.com.cn/index-english.html. Associated photo is available at: http://www.accci.com.au/JonesGuoPhoto2.doc


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