Speaker’s Corner: Mr Graeme Meehan

The second Asia Business Centre ‘Speaker’s Corner’ event was held on Monday 25 May 2015. The visiting speaker, Mr Graeme Meehan, Australia’s Consul-General in China, consulted with Curtin University staff in order to gauge the opportunities and challenges that Australian businesses face when doing business in Shanghai and eastern China.

Shanghai is one of the largest commercial and financial centres in the Asia-Pacific region and is part of the region that accounts for about one third of Australia’s total trade with China. The Consulate-General in Shanghai covers five provinces, with a combined population of over 320 million, offering significant trade and investment opportunities for Australian business. The district is home to a large and growing Australian expatriate community.

The roundtable discussion highlighted a range of issues such as the impact of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, the state of the Chinese and Australian economies, China’s influence in the area and the role of the Consul-General. Mr Meehan has been recently appointed to the position by the Honourable Julie Bishop and is expected to take up the appointment in June 2015.