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Asian business experts will be speaking at the James Cook University Asian Market Forum in Townsville this week (Thursday, October 24).

Oct 22, 2013: - Asian business experts including the Indonesian Ambassador to Australia will be speaking at the James Cook University Asian Market Forum in Townsville this week (Thursday, October 24).

The half-day forum will concentrate on recent economic and market developments in the Asian region.

JCU’s Director of the AusAsia Business research Group, Professor Zhangyue Zhou said that the forum would also cover topics such as:

  • How to start a business venture in the Asian market

  • How to attract Asian investors into North Queensland

  • Trade and investment services available to the Townsville business community to engage with Asian counterparts

  • Country specific market and economic intelligence

Professor Zhou said that the forum was aimed at helping North Queensland businesses in their international endeavours.

“The Asian region is the destination for more than 60% of our exports,” Professor Zhou said, “and the forum details the support that is available to encourage export and import as well as attract investment.”

Joining the Indonesian Ambassador, His Excellency Mr Nadjib Riphat Kesoema, as key presenters are:

  • Randeep Agarwal, the president of the Australia India Business Council in Queensland;

  • Dr Jammie Penm, he Chief Commodity Analyst and Assistant Secretary of ABARES;

  • Theo Simos, consultant, Food &Beverages, Agribusiness; and,

  • Andrew Booth, Director Asia Pacific Desk, Corporate & Commercial Banking with ANZ.

The 2013 Asian Market Forum is jointly organised by JCU’s School of Business in partnership with the Queensland Government, Port of Townsville, Townsville Enterprise, Townsville Chamber of Commerce, Townsville City Council and Austrade.

The forum will be held at the University Hall Conference Room on JCU’s Douglas campus on Thursday, October 24, from 8am to 2pm.

More information for participants is available from Mrs Robyn Yesberg on 4781 5134 or email

Media Contact: Professor (Joe) Zhangyue Zhou 4781 5890

Issued: October 22, 2013

JCU Media Jim O’Brien 07 4781 4822 or 0418 892449