ANZSOG’s relationship with China will continue to strengthen with the arrival of the 2017 cohort of Chinese public servants taking part in the China Advanced Leadership Program.
The program, now in its 7th year, has introduced nearly 150 high-ranking Chinese public servants to Australian government and culture.
This year’s cohort includes 21 senior Central and Provincial governments officials at the Director-General and Deputy Director General level from a range of departments including the Central Bureau of Statistics, Municipal Committees, Central Environmental Protection and the Ministry of Agriculture.
Delegates will begin the program in Canberra on November 13, and will be addressed by Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. They will also meet with senior ministers and shadow ministers from the Federal Government, as well as senior Federal Government public servants.
The program runs until November 30 and participants will also travel to Sydney, Melbourne, Wellington and Christchurch to engage with the Australian and New Zealand public services and academics.
They will get Australian perspectives on such issues as reducing road trauma, social welfare policy, anti-corruption measures, environmental protection, public sector reform and food safety.
ANZSOG Dean and CEO Professor Ken Smith will address the group, as will former NSW Premier Bob Carr and former ACCC head Professor Allan Fels.
The CALP program is a key part of ANZSOG’s international focus, and aims to build strong links between Australia, New Zealand and China, with both sides recognising they have much to learn from each other in the pursuit of excellence in public sector leadership. Many of the Chinese participants from previous programs have moved on to hold key positions within China, building a valuable network.
The program is a reciprocal one – with a group of Australian public servants recently returned from two weeks in China, meeting with senior leaders and touring key Chinese industries.
The program provided an opportunity for the frank exchange of information and ideas, and exposed participants to the challenges facing the Government of China – such as their ageing population - and how it is planning to manage them.
Participants say they have gained a deeper knowledge of how to engage and do business in China, and of the size and variety of the Chinese economy. It is also an opportunity for participants to make high-level, cross-jurisdictional connections.
ANZSOG’s China programs are a focus for the organisation, and recognise the importance of understanding and building links with a nation of 1.3 billion people which is a major regional power and trading partner.