Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Wake Up Sister

Just back from a 2 week trip to Qingdao, Sister City of Adelaide.

A terrific trip with a delegation hosted by The Australia China Development Company.

A real mixed bag for a delegation - Fashionistas, Choir, Volleyballers, Musicians, Scientists, CleanTech, Investment Managers and Television presenters....

Sadly though, despite the best efforts of TACDC and others over the years, Adelaide, and indeed Australia, is far from on the map in the Middle Kingdom.

Political pleasantries aside, and it is good that Adelaide got off its arse after so many years to gong a new Sister City relationship, however Adelaide is just one of MANY Sister-Cities Qingdao, and every other "outward-looking" Tier 1, 2 or 3 city in China is embracing.

Sister-relationship Cities of Qingdao

Country
City
Time of Establishment
Japan
Shimonoseki
1979.10.03
USA
Long Beach
1985.04.12
Mexico
Acapulco
1985.08.21
Ukraine
Odessa
1993.04.29
R.O.K.
Daegu
1993.12.04
Israel
Ness Ziona
1997.12.02
Holland
Velsen
1998.12.09
UK
 Southampton
1998.12.27
Country
City
Time of Establishment
Chile
Puerto.Montt
1999.08.17
Uruguay
Montevideo
2004.04.15
Lithuania
Klaipeda
2004.05.30
Spain
Bilbao
2004.08.21
France
Nantes
2005.06.04
USA
Miami
2005. 08.30
France
Brest
2006.05.08
Mauritius
Grand Port/Savanne District
2007.05.25
Russia
St. Petersburg
2007.07.16
Thailand
Chiang Mai Province
2008.04.01
New Zealand
North Shore City
2008.08.09
Friendly Co-operative Cities of Qingdao

Country
City
Time of Establishment
SwedenGothenburg1994
GermanyMannheim1995.03
R.O.K.Incheon1995.09.27
USASan Francisco1997.04.11
MoldovaChisinau1997.05.08
SudanPort Sudan1998.05
USAOrange County, Florida1998.07.06
MoroccoTangier1999.03
CroatiaRijeka1999.07.11
R.O.K.Pyeongtaek1999.08.11
 JapanNaruto1999.08.23
Country
City
Time of Establishment
Viet NamDa Nang2000.06.09
CyprusNicosia2001.02.05
AustraliaAdelaide2001.03.29
USAOakland2001.05.06
USALos Angeles County2001.05.07
CanadaEdmonton2001.05.18
DenmarkSkagen2001.10.30
JapanFukuoka2003.02.06
JapanKobe2003.02.10
R.O.K.Busan2003.03.23
R.O.K.Gunsan2003.09.21
AustraliaCairns2003.09.23
PhilippinesIloilo2003.10.15
Country
City
Time of Establishment
AustriaBraunau2004.07.19
USASt. Louis2004.09.29
GermanyRhein-Neckar2004.10.19
ItalyVeneto2005.03.04
JapanKitakyushu2005.05.14
USAHouston2006.05.15
RussiaPerm2006.11.10
CanadaRichmond2008.04.22
USADallas2008.04.22
GermanyDuesseldorf2008.11.05
R.O.K.Ulsan2009.08.03
GermanyRegensburg2009.11.04
PortugalLisbon2010.06.17

Its Investment & Trade they're after. Not fancy-dressed Lord Mayors and indecisive Premiers.

Australia is too little, too late in the rush to invest in the new Economic Zones of the East.

Other Countrieshave invested time, and effort, into building relationships and trust that are the backbone of business in China. Over-promising, and under-delivering is the result of Adelaide's anonymity in Qingdao.

So much so that its up to individual businesses, and small co-operatives, to make ago of it alone making the most of relationships built up over 15 years, to create opportunities for Export-orientated businesses in Australia. 

Through the growing Significant Investor Visa program, we hope to be able to bring smart, strategic investment to Australian companies that can add some value to the needs of the Countries current, and future, 5-Year Plans...

Get on board Sister, you've got some catching up to do...