Australia Korea Business Council | 2018 Joint Meeting info
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2018 Joint Meeting

The annual Joint Meeting between the Australia-Korea Business Council (AKBC) and the Korea-Australia Business Council (KABC) has a proud 38-year history and is the premier business event in the Australia-Korea corridor.

The Joint Meeting is widely regarded by senior decision makers and key influencers from industry, government and academia involved in Australia-Korea business as the one event in the year not to be missed.

Each year the host location for the Joint Meeting alternates between Australia and Korea.  In 2018, the Korea-Australia Business Council will host the Joint Meeting in Busan, Korea.

Busan Korea is located on the south east tip of the Korean Peninsula. With a population of over 3.6 million, Busan can be easily accessed from Seoul by air and rail. Busan is home to the 5th largest container port in the world and is a global city with major industries including port logistics, machinery, shipbuilding, automotive, film and finance. Busan is also closely located to Ulsan, the heart of Korean industrial activity.

The 39th Joint Meeting is expected to attract over 200 delegates from Australia and Korea.  The CEO of POSCO is the Chairman of KABC and will lead the delegation of senior delegates from Korea to Australia.  The Hon. Mark Vaile AO, Chairman of AKBC and Chairman of Whitehaven Coal will lead the Australian delegation.

Why attend

Key reasons why delegates attend the Joint Meeting include:

  • Understand the latest trends and key developments in the Australia-Korea corridor
  • Learn about the evolving and new emerging business opportunities in the corridor
  • Shape and influence policy relating to trade and investment between both countries
  • Build and strengthen their personal and professional networks
  • Identify, initiate and advance export and investment deals

Objectives of the Joint Meeting include

The key objectives for the 39th Australia-Korea Business Councils Joint Meeting include:

  • Generate new trade and investment outcomes between Australia and Korea
  • Inspire delegates by profiling interesting and successful case studies from businesses in the Australia-Korea corridor
  • Help delegates understand key industry areas and opportunities in Busan
  • Inform delegates of the new emerging opportunities in the Australia-Korea corridor
  • Assist delegates understand how to capitalise on these opportunities
  • Develop new business partnerships and R&D collaborations between Australia and Korea, while strengthening existing relationships
  • Create a platform for constructive dialogue on the challenges in doing business and investing in Australia and Korea
  • Shape and influence government policies relating to trade and investment between Australia and Korea
  • Maximise the potential of the Australia-Korea business bilateral relationship
  • Create a legacy of the 39th Joint Meeting through a meaningful Joint Statement


This year the conversation will focus on the key areas for greater economic collaboration including, resources and energy, services (including financial services), tourism, food and agriculture, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.

The full agenda will be announced shortly.

Who should attend?

Senior executives serious about the Australia-Korea relationship are invited to attend the 39th Joint Meeting in Brisbane.

The profile of delegates who attended the 38th Joint Meeting in Brisbane last year is summarised below:

  • 61% of Australian delegates held the title of Chairman, CEO or Director
  • 76% of Korean delegates held the tile of Chairman, CEO, President or Director

Please note that the inaugural Future Leaders Roundtable will be held for young professionals aged between 25 and 40 years old.

Feedback from last year's Joint Meeting

The following feedback was provided by delegates who attended the 38th Joint Meeting:

“Congratulations on the 38th Joint Meeting between the Australia-Korea Business Council and the Korea-Australia Business Council in Brisbane this year. The enormity of the economic impact, not to mention the increased awareness of all the South East Queensland has to offer investors, cannot be underestimated. The delegates’ Welcome Dinner at the Queensland Art Gallery also provided an opportunity to showcase all that Australia, and indeed Queensland, have to offer and I trust many mutually-beneficial long term business relationships have been forged.”

Cr. Mark Jamieson, Mayor, Sunshine Coast Council and President, Local Government Association of Queensland

“The meeting was well organised and has helped me build up a strong network in Korea. The breadth and depth of topics covered by industry heavyweights and subject matter experts was impressive as well as the inspirational stories of new business collaboration between Australia and Korea.”

2017 AKBC-KABC participant

Future Leaders Program

This year AKBC will host the 2nd Future Leaders Program. Young professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 will be invited to apply for Program. Applicants must nominated by a member to be eligible to apply.


More information can be found here.