2019 Joint Meeting info
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2019 Joint Meeting

The annual Joint Meeting between the Australia-Korea Business Council (AKBC) and the Korea-Australia Business Council (KABC) has a proud 39-year history and is the premier business event in the Australia-Korea corridor.


The flagship event each year is the joint meeting between the two business councils, the AKBC and KABC, which this year will be held on 12 – 13 November in Sydney, Australia. The 40th AKBC-KABC 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.

This year, AKBC will host the 40th AKBC-KABC Joint Meeting under the theme of ‘Celebrating 40 years: charting a new course in the bilateral relationship’. We expect the conversation to focus on energy, including renewables and hydrogen, biotechnology, financial services, infrastructure and innovation.

The 40th AKBC-KABC Joint Meeting attracts a senior delegation from Korea, led by the Korea Australia Business Council Chairman and CEO of POSCO, Mr Jeong Woo Choi.  The Australian delegation will be led by the recently appointed chair of the AKBC, the Hon Simon Crean.

Why attend

Key reasons why delegates attend the Joint Meeting include:

  • 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 40th AKBC-KABC Joint Meeting

The key objectives for the 40th AKBC-KABC Joint Meeting include:

  • 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 Sydney
  • 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 40th AKBC-KABC 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 (with hydrogen focus), biotechnology & health, defence, space, Infrastructure, financial services, food and agriculture, technology, tourism and education.

The full agenda will be announced shortly.

Who should attend?

Senior executives serious about the Australia-Korea relationship are invited to attend the 40th AKBC-KABC Joint Meeting in Sydney.

The profile of delegates who attended the 39th AKBC-KABC Joint Meeting in Busan 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 Program will be held for young professionals aged between 25 and 40 years old.

Feedback from last year's AKBC-KABC Joint Meeting

The following feedback was provided by delegates who attended the 39th AKBC-KABC Joint Meeting:

“Congratulations on the 39th Joint Meeting between the Australia-Korea Business Council and the Korea-Australia Business Council in Busan. The increasing diversity of the relationship was highlighted by presentation topics such as clean energy, smart cities and biotechnology. It also provided me an opportunity to increase my network of Korean business contacts. ”

2018 AKBC-KABC participant

“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.”

2018 AKBC-KABC participant

AKBC-KABC Future Leaders Program 2019

This year AKBC will host the third 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.