Beijing Finance Bureau Training Program
The Australian National University (ANU) runs an annual 12-week training program in public administration for senior officers of the Beijng Finance Bureau. A component of the training program is hosted by the ACT Government under the auspices of the Canberra Beijing sister city relationship.
The fifth delegation from Beijing participated in the program on 4-10 June 2008. ACT Government staff presented a program of five half‑days information seminars on public administration, in particular intergovernmental funding, budgeting, revenue, expenditure, procurement, information technology and human resources.
Water Industry Cooperation
The signing of a memorandum of understanding between Canberra and Beijing for cooperation in water projects is a milestone in the Canberra Beijing sister city relationship. This high-level agreement between the ACT Government and the People’s Government of Beijing Municipality, entered into on 21 November 2005, paves the way for a mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge on urban water industry issues.
Since 2005, extensive bilateral talks have identified that Canberra has considerable skills and expertise to offer in securing Beijing’s future urban water supply.
Education and Training
Canberra is a favoured destination for students from China including Beijing.
In May 2006, an official education delegation from the ACT Government visited Beijing to meet with Wang Qishan, Mayor of Beijing. The visit focused on increasing cooperation in vocational education and technical training.
In December 2007, a Deputy Director of the Beijing Municipal Education Commission accompanied by six Human Resources Officers from five universities in the Beijing Municipality visited the Canberra Institute of Technology to examine courses and facilities.
Australia has been accorded “Approved Destination Status” by Chinese Government tourism authorities. Visitor numbers from China to Australia clearly reflect this status.
Cantrade Business Delegation to China
On 17 June 1997 a delegation from Canberra participated in trade shows and business negotiations in Shanghai, Yangzhou, Beijing and Guangzhou. The delegation comprised of ACT Government representatives as well as delegates from a range of corporations and private sector companies. These included the Canberra Tourism and Events Corporation and the Australian National University.
The focus of the business delegation was to showcase a range of ACT and regional industry sectors and products considered to be compatible with the Chinese market.
The delegation explored opportunities for mutually beneficial government-to-government contact, particularly in areas such as tourism, education, hotel management, and fire and emergency services. The delegation had the added benefit of providing the opportunity for participating firms to explore the Chinese market and to pursue potential opportunities and joint venture arrangements.