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






World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention (WCEC)


Applications to Host the 14th World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention are now being accepted by the WCEC Secretariat.  Details are available at: http://www.wcec-secretariat.org/download/notice.pdf.


Chengdu to Host World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention in September, by Xinhua, CRI English, 7 March 2013.  Available at: http://english.cri.cn/6909/2013/03/07/2702s752345.htm.


ACCCI letter of support for the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of South Australia in their bid to host the World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention in Adelaide in 2015.


Letters in Support of:


Business Events Sydney, in conjunction with the Australia-China Chamber of Commerce and Industry, to host the 2013 World Chinese Entrepreneurs Conference in Sydney, 8 pages in PDF.


Separate Letters in Support of the above:


From the Sydney Conservatorium of Music


From the Australia China Culture Association


From the Chinese Community Council of Australia Inc


From Clr Paul Garrard, Lord Mayor of the City of Parramatta


From Clr Chiang Lim, Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Parramatta  


From the Parramatta Chamber of Commerce


From Asia Media


From Lotus Light Charity Society


From Austrade


From Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office


From Ethnic Communities Council of New South Wales


The 10th World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention Schedule, in PDF.


Final sponsorship and booth participation for the 11th World Chinese Entrepreneurs Conference, to be held in Singapore 5-7 October 2011, are listed at:http://www.accci.com.au/11thWCECFinalSponsorship.pdf


WCEC Registration Form, in PDF and in Chinese


Past Topics and Themes for WCEC, 8 pages in PDF



Introductory Comment
Michael C H Jones - President ACCCI


In the mid 1990s following the first WCEC in Singapore during August 1991 and second in Hong Kong during November 1993, attended by ACCCI Member companies from Australia as well as China, Chamber sought to put together a bid to hold a WCEC in Sydney. However Melbourne beat us to the prize in 1999 with Nanjing following in 2001. We tried again about a decade later but due to changes in the organisational structure of the NSW Government our over 12 months of preparations did not result even in a bid document..

Chamber has watched for decades the willingness of Asian City Governments to support international events, and the relative lack of support by Australian State Governments given the nature and difficulties of Local Government particularly in Sydney with 42 mayors. A successful WCEC can only be achieved in Australia, certainly at the standards and fee levels of those in Asia, with the whole-hearted backing of the key business departments of the various levels of government.

So. after much discussion and agitation, Chamber for the third time launched initiatives in late 2009 to bid for the 12th WCEC in 2013 following the 11th scheduled for October in Singapore next year. The Bid Documentation was lodged with the current WCEC Secretariat in Hong Kong by 30th June 2010. Whilst the bid is still private and confidential, with intellectual property belonging to our NSW Government Partner, Business Events Sydney, ACCCI is now preparing to support our proposal against competing city bids in Hong Kong later this year.

It is no secret that Chamber since its foundation in September 1976 has been a strong and active supporter of Multiculturalism in Australia. Our Founding Governor was the Late W J Liu OBE, affectionately known as the Father of the Chinese Community. Both his son Bo Liu and grandson Richard Liu were senior executive members of Chamber for three decades, active in both business and cultural affairs. Arthur Chang was the inaugural Senior Vice President and attended our 30th anniversary celebration in 2006, giving his approval to the appointment of the current ACCCI Senior Vice President Barrie Unsworth, formerly Premier of New South Wales. Harry Pang during the 1980s and King Fong in the 1990s were prominent Chamber leaders.

During the last decade John Wang, Lin Kun and Helen Qiao played significant roles in Chamber's Key Cities Strategy work throughout China. In 2002 Tony Pun joined the ACCCI Advisory Council and in 2007 became its Convenor where his knowledge of China, the Overseas Chinese communities, Chinese organisations in Sydney and the workings of NSW Government agencies has been most beneficial for ACCCI programmes. He is playing a prominent role in the ACCCI Bid for the 12th WCEC.

In this context Chamber has the intention of emphasising the multicultural aspect of the WCEC. Chinese Entrepreneurs come not only from Mainland China, traditional Overseas Chinese in Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, but also from Chinese Chambers of Commerce throughout the Indauspac Maritime Economic Community (IMEC) - Indian as well as Pacific Oceans - as well as the Chinese business entities in Europe. Indeed over the last 20 years there has been strong support for the WCEC from such cities as London, Paris and Milan in the EC. Finally there are many Australians of up to 5 and 6 generations who have Chinese ancestors from the Gold Rush years of the 1850s.

I can reveal that the ACCCI WCEC Bid Proposal covers the dimensions of Multiculturalism in Economics, Politics and Society. Meetings have already taken place with both Federal and NSW Members of Parliament and Agencies to further these ideas. The ACCCI Advisory Council will soon complete a Report on Multiculturalism, initially in Sydney and NSW and subsequently in Australia and New Zealand, for the purpose of assisting the Chamber's promotion and marketing should we win the bid to host the 12th WCEC in Sydney during September 2013.

For this reason the result of the recent Federal Election, and those in Victoria in November 2010 and NSW during March 2011, are important. Ministries covering Multicultural or Ethnic Affairs and Community Relations Departments are vitally necessary for the long term harmony of Australian Society in all its dimensions. It is in this spirit that Tony Pun, acting on behalf of the Chinese Community Council of Australia, has issued the following Media Release.


For the objective of debate and deeper understandings of the possible solutions to the challenges facing Australia and other nations in Indauspac, and the roles that Chinese Entrepreneurs might play, ACCCI has bid to host the 12th WCEC. We would welcome your participation by way of comment on articles below covering Economic, Social and Political issues. In addition Support Letters from your organisations are appreciated.



The Chamber's broader perspectives for lodging a bid to host the 12th WCEC are:

1) To support strongly Singapore's intention to raise the WCEC standard from recent years.
2) To reach out to Chinese entrepreneurs beyond the traditional Mainland and Overseas Chinese including the USA and EU.
3) To promote a multicultural participation in accordance with Australian traditions.
4) To emphasise institutional linkages - economic, social and political - at global, national, state and local levels.
5) To further Australia's diplomatic interests in the Chinese business sectors throughout the Indauspac Maritime Economic Community.

Historically many Chinese "entrepreneurs" have been essentially transnational or State-less, bound by ethic solidarity within an English-speaking international multiculturalism - this is the only way their businesses survived outside the nation-based Political Systems. Thus the Chamber approach is to stress the Economic, Social and then lastly but realistically Political perspectives of Globalism and
the rapidly strengthening international institutions such as the G20.

Chamber supports multicultural conferences such as the one arranged by the National Social Cohesion Conference, the theme of which is “Enrichment Through a Socially Inclusive Society: Challenges and Solutions”.  Click here for details: http://accci.com.au/NSCC-ConferenceProgram.pdf



China Sovereign Fund in Australian Resources Drive, by Peter Cai and Philip Wen, The Sydney Morning Herald, 27 July 2012.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/business/china-sovereign-fund-in-australian-resources-drive-20120726-22vaw.html

Consequences of China’s Boom Start to Get Complicated by Terry McCrann, The Australian, 2 April 2011.  Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/opinion/consequences-of-chinas-boom-start-to-get-complicated/story-e6frg9if-1226032266712.

Choice is Swim in Asia or Sing at Home by Bryan Firth, The Australian, 10 December 2010.  Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/opinion/choice-is-swim-in-asia-or-sink-at-home/story-e6frg9if-1225968541898.

Assessing China’s Top-Down Securities Markets by William T. Allen and Han Shen, New York University Law and Economics Research Paper No. 10-42, 20 July 2010.  Available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1648336##.  See also comment by Michael C H Jones at: http://www.accci.com.au/JonesCommentonAllen+Shen.pdf.

Merging from the Crisis: The G20 and the Asia-Pacific by the Hon Wayne Swan, Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer, Address to Canada 2020 and the Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce, Toronto, Canada, 27 June 2010.  Available at: http://www.treasurer.gov.au/DisplayDocs.aspx?doc=speeches/2010/020.htm&pageID=005&min=wms&Year=&DocType=.

Other Countries Might Copy the RSPT, Warns $40 billion man, by Geoff Elliott, The Australian 21 June 2010.  Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/other-countries-might-copy-the-rspt-warns-40-billion-man/story-e6frg8zx-1225882017396.




The Social Economy Economy: Unlocking Value and Productivity through Social Technologies by Michael Chui and others, report by McKinsey Global Institute, July 2012.  Available after registration at: http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/mgi/research/technology_and_innovation/the_social_economy

Text of Speech: “2011 Census of Population and Housing Multicultural Media Address”, by Jill Charker, (Acting) First Assistant Statistician, Social, Health and Labour Division of the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 26 June 2012.  Available: http://accci.com.au/2011ABSMulticultural.pdf.

Photos of the event:

Dr Jill Charker, click here.

Dr Geoffrey Lee, State Liberal Member from Parramata, click here.

Nihal Gupta, click here

Sheba Nandkoelyar, click here.

Dr Geoffrey Lee, Jill Charker and Sheba Nandkoelyar, click here.

Nihal Gupta with Dr Lee and three other members of the census team, click here.

The Census Team, click here.

Michael C H Jones, President of ACCCI and Dr Geoffrey Lee, click here.

Exploring the China Syndrome: Prosperity without Profile, by Tom Hyland, The Age, 15 January 2012.  Available at: http://www.theage.com.au/national/exploring-the-china-syndrome-prosperity-without-profile-20120114-1q0o8.html

Call for Papers: The Chinese Community Council of Australia Inc will convene a second national conference in Melbourne on 18-19 August 2012.  The Theme is “Moving On!”.  For details - http://accci.com.au/CCCA_Moving_On.pdf.

Moral Fitness Needs a Workout for Kids' Sake, by Dr Anthony Pun, National President, Chinese Community Council of Australia, Letter to the Sydney Morning Herald, 3 September 2011 at: http://www.smh.com.au/national/letters/moral-fitness-needs-a-workout-for-kids-sake-20110902-1jqi2.html.

“When will we be mature enough as a society to agree not to use desperate boat people as scapegoats for political games (''Labor Split Over Asylum'', 2 September http://www.smh.com.au/national/labor-split-over-asylum-20110901-1job8.htm)?

Scapegoating of minorities has an impact on the character of our nation. The hating of Indonesians during the trial and sentencing of Schapelle Corby for drug trafficking in Bali is an example. We think we are better than the Other and the Other should know better than to treat us according to their laws. It may well be the legacy of our White Australia policy.

Not so many years ago, boat people were vilified in much the same way the Chinese were demonised in the 19th century. Thankfully that mentality seems to have subsided.

Hopefully the newly announced Australian Multicultural Council will step up to its task. Perhaps it will exercise its independence, a new endowment from the government, by convening a meeting that summons the relevant government and opposition members to find an edifying solution to the boat people issue.

We are an inventive and innovative nation. We led the world in social reforms in the early part of last century. Surely we can try to keep that tradition going.

When we have put the boat people issue to bed, we will shed the cataracts in our eyes, dissolve the clogging in our arteries, and unfetter our limbs for the task of nation building so that a future generation will look back with gratitude and admiration.

The way we inflict mental miseries upon the boat people predisposes us towards mistreating powerless minorities among us similarly. Our younger generation deserves better role models.”

Act Has Chilling Effect on Freedom of Speech, by James Allan, The Australian, 6 April 2011.  Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/commentary/act-has-chilling-effect-on-freedom-of-speech/story-e6frgd0x-1226034320717.

The Confucius Institute, Wikipedia (undated).  Available at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confucius_Institute.  See also comment by Michael C H Jones at: http://www.accci.com.au/JonesCommentonConfuciusInstitutes.pdf.

UN in Civil Society, United Nations, (undated).  Available at: http://www.un.org/en/civilsociety/.

Land of the Free Now Home of the Afraid, by Toby Harnden, The Sydney Morning Herald, 13 July 2010.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/land-of-the-free-now-home-of-the-afraid-20100712-107sq.html.

Australia’s Top Diplomat Expelled from Fiji, The Sydney Morning Herald, 13 July 2010.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/world/australias-top-diplomat-expelled-from-fiji-20100713-108an.html.

Recent Statements from the Fiji Government Online Portal:

Australian Foreign Minister’s Comments Exaggerated, 30 June 2010:

New Media Decree Part of Government Reforms, 1 July 2010:

New Media Decree Clear on Investment, 1 July 2010.

News Limited Attacks Fiji Economy Over Media Decree, 6 Jul 2010:

PM Condemns Australian Government Statement 7 July 2010:

Fiji Still Honoured to Partner the USA, 7 July 2010:




O’Farrell ‘Originals’ Swing Coalition into New Territory, The Sydney Morning Herald, 20 June 2011.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/ofarrell-originals-swung-coalition-into-new-territory-20110619-1ga9a.html.

Inquiry Into Multiculturalism in Australia, Terms of Reference, Joint Standing Committee on Migration, Australian Parliament, (undated).  Available at: http://www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/mig/multiculturalism/tor.htm.

Submission No. 12 to the Joint Standing Committee on Migration, by John Hatzistergos, NSW Minister for Citizenship. 3 March 2011.  Available at: http://www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/mig/multiculturalism/subs/sub12.pdf.

Look to NSW for Multicultural Utopic, Hatzistergos Tells Federal Inquiry, by Kirsty Needham, The Sydney Morning Herald, 5 April 2011.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/national/look-to-nsw-for-multicultural-utopia-hatzistergos-tells-federal-inquiry-20110404-1cyml.html.

Different but Equal, Federation of Ethnic Communities Council in Australia, November 2010.  Available at: http://www.fecca.org.au/PDF/DifferentButEqualNov2010.pdf

People of Australia: Australia’s Multicultural Policy, by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Australia Government (undated).  Available at http://www.immi.gov.au/media/publications/multicultural/pdf_doc/people-of-australia-multicultural-policy-booklet.pdf.

How I Lost Faith in Multiculturalism, by Greg Sheridan, The Australian 2 April 2011.  Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/how-i-lost-faith-in-multiculturalism/story-fn59niix-1226031793805

Chinese Censors Target Potential Protesters, by the New York Times, 23 March 2011. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/chinese-censors-target-potential-protesters-20110322-1c585.html.

Making a Difference for the Small and Medium Countries of the World, Speech to the Commonwealth Day Reception by the Hon Julia Gillard MP, Prime Minister of Australia, 20 March 2011.  Available at: http://www.pm.gov.au/press-office/making-difference-small-and-medium-countries-world-speech-african-union-permanent-repre

Chris Bowen Unveils New Strategy on Multiculturalism, by Paul Maley and Amos Aikman, The Australian, 17 February 2011.  Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/chris-bowen-unveils-new-strategy-on-multiculturalism/story-fn59niix-1226007226044.  See also related media release by Chris Bowen: New Strategy in Support of Multiculturalism in Australia, 16 February 2011.  Available at: http://www.chrisbowen.net/media-centre/media-releases.do?newsId=4155.

Leaders Are Right to Confront Failures of Multiculturalism, by Gerald Henderson, The Sydney Morning Herald, 8 February 2011.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/leaders-are-right-to-confront-failures-of-multiculturalism-20110207-1ak39.html.

Plea for Husband Swallowed by Chinese System, by Anne Davis, The Sydney Morning Herald, 2 February 2011.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/world/plea-for-husband-swallowed-by-chinese-system-20110201-1ach5.html.

Accused Spy One of 39 Australians Held in Chinese Jails, by Anne Davis and John Garnaut, The Sydney Morning Herald, 2 February 2011.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/national/accused-spy-one-of-39-australians-held-in-chinese-jails-20110201-1ack7.html.

Text of Tony Pun’s Australia Day Speech is available at: http://www.accci.com.au/2011LarrikinAmbassador.pdf.

Australia-Hong Kong Parliamentary Friendship Group Relaunch, Hong Kong Monitor, No. 11, December 2010.  Available at: http://www.hkmonitor.org.hk/hketo11_story5.html.

Afghan Charges Stalled Hague War Crimes Case by Dan Oakes, The Sydney Morning Herald, 30 September 2010.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/national/afghan-charges-stalled-hague-war-crimes-case-20100929-15xik.html.

Anger as Commandos Face Manslaughter Charge, by Dan Oakes and Rafael Epstein, The Sydney Morning Herald, 28 September 2010.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/world/anger-as-commandos-face-manslaughter-charge-20100927-15u3o.html.  .  See also comment by Michael C.H. Jones at: http://www.accci.com.au/JonesCommentonNeilJames.pdf.

Afghan Prisoners Handcuffed, Blindfolded, by Brendan Nicholson, The Australian, 27 September 2010.  Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/afghan-prisoners-handcuffed-blindfolded/story-e6frg6n6-1225929718245. See also comment by Michael C H Jones at: http://www.accci.com.au/JonesCommentonPOW.pdf.

It's Right to Write About Gitmo Stay, by Cynthia Banham, The Sydney Morning Herald”, 24 September 2010.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/its-right-to-write-about-gitmo-stay-20100923-15oqj.html#poll.  See also comment by Michael C.H. Jones at: http://www.accci.com.au/JonesCommentonHicks.pdf.

U.N. Struggles to Prove Its Relevance, by Colum Lynch, The Washington Post, 19 September 2010.  Available at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/19/AR2010091904173.html?wpisrc=xs_0005.

The Psyche of the Chinese Community in Australian Party Politics, by Anthony Pun and Daphne Lowe Kelly, paper presented at the Chinese Australian Politics Colloquium, China and Cosmopolitan Civil Societies Research Centres, University of Technology Sydney, Wednesday 8 September 2020.  At: http://www.accci.com.au/Pun-KelleyPaper.doc.

Nowhere to Hide: Ignoring Maher Arar Won’t Make His Torture Claims Go Away, by Dahlia Lithwick, Slate, 16 June 2010:  http://www.slate.com/id/2257211/pagenum/all/#p2.  See also the editorial published in The New York Times on the same day http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/16/opinion/16wed2.html and commentary by Michael C H Jones http://www.accci.com.au/ArarComment.pdf.





At Spain’s Door, A Welcome Mat for Entrepreneurs, by Nick Leiber, The New York Times, 22 November 2014.  The article describes incentives to encourage start-up programs by foreigners in Spain (and Chile).  Available at:  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/23/business/international/at-spains-door-a-welcome-mat-for-entrepreneurs-.html. 


How Google Works, reviewed by Brad Stone, The New York Times, 7 November 2014.  Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/09/books/review/how-google-works-by-eric-schmidt-and-jonathan-rosenberg.html. The author comments on the “good things” and the “not-so-good things” in the book written by a former CEO and former vice president of products at Google.


Where Have All the Entrepreneurs Gone?  By Robert J Samuelson, The Washington Post. 6 August 2014.  Available at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/robert-samuelson-where-have-all-the-entrepreneurs-gone/2014/08/06/e01e7246-1d7c-11e4-82f9-2cd6fa8da5c4_story.html.  Samuelson provides a two-part article on the decline of entrepreneurship in America as a result of an old, rigid and undynamic economy.


Social Capital and Entrepreneurial Activity: A Pseudo-Panel Approach, by Byung-Yeon Kim and Youngho Kang, Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organisation, Vol. 97 (2014), pp. 47-60.  Available for purchase at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167268113002758.  The authors determined that social capital, including trust, social norms, and networks facilitates entrepreneurship.  They also concluded that parents’ emphasis on individual achievement relative to interpersonal relations in raising their child is positively associated with entrepreneurship. 


Smart and Illicit: Who Becomes an Entrepreneur and Does it Pay?, by Ross Levine and Yona Rubinstein, NBER Working Paper No. 19276, August 2013.  Available for purchase at: http://www.nber.org/papers/w19276.pdf?new_window=1.  The two researchers report the following: The combination of “smarts” and “aggressive/illicit/risk-taking” tendencies as a youth accounts for both entry into entrepreneurship and the comparative earnings of entrepreneurs.  In contrast to a large literature, we also find that entrepreneurs earn much more per hour than their salaried counterparts.


Tours of Duty, by Reid Hoffman, Ban Casnocha and Chris Yeh, Harvard Business Review, Vol. 91, No. 6 (June 2013), pp. 48-58.  The article examines the way in which employer-employee relationships changed since the early 1900s.  As globalisation and the information age created virtual and international workplaces, the authors argue that the former job security assured by an employees good work has been destabilised and they suggest an alternative workplace arrangement.  Available at: http://hbr.org/2013/06/tours-of-duty-the-new-employer-employee-compact/ar/1


How China’s Richest Man Made It, by Bloomberg News, The Washington Post, 4 November 2012. Available at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/how-chinas-richest-man-made-it/2012/11/03/39a02a88-23ad-11e2-ba29-238a6ac36a08_story.html.


Japan’s New Tech Generation, by Hiroko Tabuchi, The New York Times, 3 October 2012.  Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/04/technology/a-new-tech-generation-defies-the-odds-in-japan.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20121004&_r=0


Obama’s Business Comment – OpEd, by Randall G Holcombe, Erasia Review, http://www.eurasiareview.com/19072012-obamas-business-comment-oped/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+eurasiareview%2FVsnE+%28Eurasia+Review%29.


Unleashing Government’s ‘Innovation Mojo’: An Interview with the US Chief Technology Officer, by Eric Braverman and Michael Chui, McKinsey Quarterly, June 2012.  Available at: www.mckinseyquarterly.com/. Registration is required for downloads.


Leaders Behaving Badly, by James Adonis, The Sydney Morning Herald, 17 June 2011.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/small-business/blogs/work-in-progress/leaders-behaving-badly-20110617-1g6cf.html.

Dealing with Isolation, by Tony Featherstone, The Sydney Morning Herald, 21 February 2011.  Available at:  http://www.smh.com.au/small-business/managing/blogs/the-venture/dealing-with-isolation/20110220-1b0pv.html.

Aussie Geeks Win Big at Oscars, by Asher Moses, Sydney Morning Herald, 14 February 2011.  Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/aussie-geeks-win-big-at-oscars-20110214-1at5e.html.  Additional information about Rising Sun Pictures is available at: http://www.rsp.com.au/contact.htm.

Hong Kong Stays on Top of World Bank Business-Friendly List, Hong Kong Monitor, No. 11, December 2010.  Available at: http://www.hkmonitor.org.hk/hketo11_story4.html.

Interesting Question, undated.  Available at: http://web.archive.org/web/20071020051936/http://iq.org/#Doelectricsheepdreamoff16%27s?.  See also comment by Michael C H Jones at: http://www.accci.com.au/JonesCommentonAssange3.pdf.

Are Entrepreneurs Born or Developed? by John Steen, PSnews.  Available at: http://nsw.psnews.com.au/BooksFeaturesNSWpsn2055.html.


Business Ethics and Corporate Governance

Business Ethics and Corporate Governance

Links to analyses and opinions about business ethics and corporate governance under multiculturalism will appear in this space from time to time.  Meanwhile, click below to visit the ACCCI Ethics & Governance page for a broader coverage of the same issues.