New Challenges – New Ideas
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New Challenges – New Ideas

SUN OCT 9 - TUES OCT 11, 2016. Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia

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54th Annual Joint Business Conference

Join with other members of the AJBCC and the JABCC at our annual business conference which will be held in Melbourne , Australia from Sunday 9th October to Tuesday 11 October, 2016.

Overall Conference Theme: New Challenges – New Ideas

Whilst the enactment of the Japan Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) in 2015 has signalled new business opportunities in the Australia-Japan relationship, there is widespread business understanding that the overall global economic environment and technology advances are subjecting core sectors to challenges which have not been witnessed before.

Plunging resources and energy prices, concerns about China’s economic transition, the impact of disruptive technologies on mature products and business process services, environmental issues and continuing excessive global liquidity make for a difficult path to be navigated.

How are these challenges being met in the Australia-Japan context and what new ideas can we see emerging to mitigate such issues? New Challenges – New Ideas provides a forum for discussion by senior Australian and Japanese executives.

Program Overview

SUNDAY OCT 9, 2016

Afternoon: Half – day session (only for delegates who are on the Future Leaders Program)

Conference Eve:

High Level Private Briefing by Australia’s Ambassador and Panel (AJBCC members only – all delegates)

Networking Reception and Welcome (AJBCC members – all delegates and partners together with JABCC members and partners)


Opening Ceremony
Keynote Speech: “Business Success in an Uncertain Era?”
Australia-Japan: Year in Review
Morning Tea
Lessons Learnt (Part 1) : Australian Investment in Japan
Networking Luncheon
Simultaneous Breakout Sessions
Breakout Session 1: Resources & Energy
“Hurdles & Opportunities”
Breakout Session 2: Finance
“Low Interest Rate Environment”
Afternoon Tea
Lessons Learnt (Part 2): Japanese Investment in Australia
Conference Dinner: National Gallery of Victoria
(All Delegates and Partners)


Review from Resources & Energy and Finance Breakout Sessions
Future Leaders Report
Morning tea
Emerging Opportunities
(facilitated session with representatives of key sectors)
Closing Ceremony over sit down lunch hosted by AJBCC
Delegates depart on nominated site tour (optional)

Conference Assistance

Urban Event Management has been appointed to work in conjunction with the AJBCC on the management of the conference program. Should you have any queries relating to the completion of the online registration form, the conference agenda, the conference program including social functions or general information on the destination, please contact the team via the methods below.

Hotels: If you have queries relating to making or changing accommodation bookings at the designated conference hotels, please contact the dedicated AJBCC booking agents as listed for each hotel.

Event Manager: Lisa Harrison

Phone: +61 2 8039 3545


Acknowledging the Victorian Government and our other sponsors: