Invitation to: Focus on China economic conference

@JCU Invitation to: Focus on China economic conference

Invitation to the Focus on China Economic Conference 

The Chinese economy, including its importance to the economies of Australia, Queensland and the Far North, will be the focus of a conference in Cairns today (Tuesday 19 July).

The 28th Annual Conference of the Chinese Economics Society Australia (CESA) has attracted 120 experts on topics ranging from agricultural economics and banking to innovation and urbanisation.

CESA president and James Cook University senior lecturer Dr Sizhong Sun said understanding current changes and the likely future directions of the Chinese economy was extremely important at every level.

“China is the world’s second-largest economy and contributes nearly half of global growth,” Dr Sun said.

“It’s a coup for Cairns to have attracted the CESA conference here, with experts on Australia’s biggest trading partner, and Queensland’s.

“China’s growing middle class is also an important market for our region’s economy, particularly in tourism, education and agriculture.”

An important focus of the conference will be what China might do next, to address changes in its economy and its slowing rate of growth.

The conference will include two public forums: one on the China’s search for new sources of growth, and another on what the far northern region needs to do to attract more Chinese tourists.

“These forums are an excellent opportunity for local business operators and community leaders to hear from national and international experts on topics that are important to the future of local businesses and our region’s economy,” Dr Sun said. “The afternoon is also a valuable networking event – a chance to connect with academics and other distinguished guests from China.”

Tourism forum: Attracting more Chinese tourists in Australia and the Cairns region: what do we need to do?

1.00pm - 3.00pm Tuesday 19 July


  • George Y Chen, Principal Analyst and Manager of National Tourism Forecasts, Tourism Research Australia, Austrade
  • Songshan Huang, Associate Professor in Tourism Management, University of South Australia
  • Philip Pearce, Foundation Professor of Tourism and Distinguished Professor James Cook University

Policy forum: In search of new sources of growth: what should China do next?

3.30pm – 5.30pm Tuesday 19 July


  • Fuqian Fang, Professor of Economics, Renmin University of China
  • Iain Gordon, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Tropical Environments and Societies
  • Steven Kates, Associate Professor of Economics, RMIT University
  • Chris Legg, Chief Advisor in the Macroeconomic Group, Treasury
  • Jammie Penm, Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics and Sciences
  • Wing Thye Woo, Professor of Economics, UC Davis

The two forums will be held this afternoon (19 July) from 1.00pm to 5.30pm. To register please visit or call 4232 1888. The afternoon session costs $99.

The Conference and the public forums will be held at The Cairns Institute at James Cook University in Smithfield.

The conference program is available at: