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Growing export capability with China


Regional Development Australia Murraylands and Riverland (RDAMR) Inc. participated in the Premier’s Outbound Mission to Shandong, China, which took in 5 cities in the Shandong province from 5 – 9th April 2016.

RDAMR Chief Executive, Jo Podoliak accompanied representatives from 6 local businesses and three councils who were tasked to explore and develop trade and investment opportunities with China. 

The delegation marked the 30th anniversary of the relationship between Shandong and South Australia, and provided delegates with key opportunities to participate in a number of trade fairs to meet and network with potential Chinese business partners. 

Whilst supporting businesses and council delegates, RDAMR were keen to develop and understand opportunities available for the regions products and various exporting opportunities. With China and other Asian markets offering significant opportunities for trade growth in the region, RDAMR are keen to support and assist businesses looking at expand into emerging markets. For this reason, establishing key relationships with Chinese counterparts and understanding trade paradigms was a priority to ensure that future communications and delegations have an established support system to build and leverage. 

RDAMR Chief Executive, Jo Podoliak said “the delegation to Shandong was vital to understanding the cultural boundaries and expectations of an emerging market, which represents a population of over 100 million people in Shandong province alone. Plus it gave the RDAMR and our accompanying businesses and councils from the region the opportunity to tell their story and promote our region.”

Promotion of the Murraylands and Riverland region was supported with the RDAMR’s bi-lingual Murraylands and Riverland Business Investment and Opportunities Prospectus, official WeChat account and associated promotional videos, which were used to create awareness of the region and support available business and investment opportunities. 

Prior to the delegation, the RDAMR supported 12 regional businesses to gain a listing on the South Australia-Shandong (SA-SD) Business to Business platform, which is a website designed to connect Australian businesses with over a thousand Chinese investors. With 56 SA businesses launched on the platform in total, the Riverland and Murraylands had a significant representation of local businesses on the website which was promoted throughout the trip. Businesses interested in taking part in this initiative are encouraged to visit the website and submit an application: 

Businesses interested in discussing export opportunities into China or other Asian based markets are encouraged to contact Jo Podoliak via jpodoliak(at) or +61(08) 8535 7170.