2017 Joint Meeting
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Australia-Korea Business Council/
Korea-Australia Business Council
Joint Meeting

Creating a new era of growth: stronger together

The annual Joint Meeting between the Australia-Korea Business Council (AKBC) and the Korea-Australia Business Council (KABC) has a proud 37-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 2017, it is AKBC’s responsibility to host the Joint Meeting in Australia.

The 38th Joint Meeting is expected to attract over 200 delegates from Australia and Korea.  Mr Kwon Oh-Joon, Chairman of KABC and Chairman of POSCO (Australia’s single largest customer) will lead a 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 38th 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
  • 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 38th Joint Meeting through a meaningful Joint Statement


AKBC and KABC has developed an insightful and compelling program with the following key topics:

  • Strategic and institutional investment
  • Energy, resources & infrastructure
  • The Fourth Industrial Revolution
  • Food, agribusiness and nutraceuticals .

Click here to see the draft agenda. Please note that the agenda is subject to change.

Who should attend?

Senior executives serious about the Australia-Korea relationship are invited to attend the 38th Joint Meeting in Brisbane.

The profile of delegates who attended the 37th Joint Meeting in Seoul last year is summarised below:

  • 133 delegates: Australian (78) and Korean (55)
  • 65% of Australian delegates had the title of Chairman, CEO or Director
  • 59% of Korean delegates had title of Chairman, CEO, President or Director
  • Korean delegation was made up of strategic investors, financial investors, institutional investors, renewable energy project developers, construction contractors, traders/buyers, universities, professional services firms and peak industry bodies
  • Australian delegation was made up of ASX listed resources companies, project developers, commercial banks, investment banks, infrastructure fund managers, professional services firms, universities, federal government agencies, state government economic development agencies and peak industry bodies.

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

Feedback from 2016 Joint Meeting

The following feedback was provided by delegates who attended the 37th Joint Meeting:

The Joint Meeting was a great forum for me to frankly and constructively raise some of the challenges we are currently facing as we seek to enter the Australian civil infrastructure market.

President, tier 1 Korean construction contractor

“The Joint Meeting was rich in content and gave me a far greater understanding of some of the emerging opportunities in the Australia-Korea corridor which my business can take advantage of.”

CEO, Australian SME

“The Joint Meeting was very well organised and had a great mix of insightful speakers, interesting and relevant topics and really enjoyable networking events.”

Vice President, Australian ASX listed oil & gas company

“The Joint Meeting is hands down the most effective and efficient forum to build and strengthen my network. I always learn so much from both the formal and informal parts of the program.”

CEO, Australian infrastructure fund manager

Future Leaders Program

This year future leaders between the ages of 25 and 40 will be invited to apply for the inaugural Future Leaders Program. Future Leaders must work for an AKBC member company and be nominated by their company.

See more information here.