Summer 2020 Update

In July 2020, Brett Stevens was appointed the new Commissioner for Victoria to Greater China.

From the head office in Shanghai, Brett will work to advance Victoria’s trade and investment interests in China through five Victorian Government Trade and Investment offices (Shanghai, Beijing, Nanjing, Chengdu and Hong Kong).

Brett served as Victoria’s Commissioner to Southeast Asia from 2013 to 2020.

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He has over 25 years of international trade experience in Asia in both the public and private sectors. With an extensive background in agribusiness project management in Australia and Asia, Brett has a practical understanding of developing business opportunities and brings a strong commercial perspective to the role of Commissioner.

Brett’s immediate priorities in the role include:

  • delivering virtual and digital engagements with key Chinese partners in trade, investment and education
  • leveraging government relationships, including Sister-State relationships with Jiangsu and Sichuan to achieve tangible commercial outcomes
  • expanding Victoria’s engagement to new priority regions in China.

Brett summarised the challenges and opportunities facing Victorian businesses in China:

“We recognise the challenges that coronavirus (COVID-19) presents to Victorian businesses operating globally.

To help deal with these challenges, the Victorian Government has released an Export Recovery Package to address logistics and supply chain issues caused by the pandemic, and establish new export channels. Businesses will be connected to international markets through virtual trade missions to connect with Chinese buyers of Victorian goods virtually, as well as assistance to adapt their export strategies to respond to the rapidly changing global market.

Our whole team here in China is already helping Victorian businesses renew and expand exports and drive job growth in Victoria. But it is vital that we identify and capitalise on the opportunities that this period of turbulence brings.

eCommerce has been super-charged by this crisis and opportunities to operate virtually could lead to real growth opportunities and lower costs for Victorian businesses.

This is a fascinating time and already opportunities are presenting themselves for Victorian businesses. I and the whole team here in China are ready to help them get exports moving to China.”

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