Local Government Association of South Australia (LGA)

The Local Government Association (LGA) is a peak membership organisation that provides leadership, advocacy, support and services to all 68 councils in South Australia.

The LGA leads the collaboration between the local and state governments to generate a more prosperous South Australia.

One of the LGA’s roles is as a driver of economic development working with councils to be “business friendly” and promote a positive environment for business growth.

Investment attraction is a priority of the LGA and the China Engagement Strategy developed with the South Australian State Government, Australia China Business Council and RDA Adelaide Metropolitan is the key plank.

Part of this collaboration focuses on supporting and facilitating small to medium enterprises (SMEs) to engage with China.

To achieve this, the LGA has partnered with the Australia China Business Council to launch the business-to-business platform SACHINA Connect (formerly known as SASD Connect).

This initiative aims to assist firms to engage with prequalified Chinese businesses with local government playing a critical supporting role.

Role of the LGA in Trade and Investment

Local government is a natural leader in local economic development as councils understand the needs and comparative advantages of their communities.

As part of the LGA’s economic development strategy, the organisation plays an important role in China Engagement. In the first instance the LGA and its councils provide the highly important government-to-government protocols that pave the way for business to gain access to the decision-makers in the private and public realms.

The aim is for two-way business transactions via attracting Chinese investment in South Australian products and services and for South Australian business to sell its products and services to Chinese markets. SACHINA Connect is the critical vehicle to achieve this.

Local government has five main objectives to provide small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with a competitive advantage:

  1. To lead and inspire SMEs to grow through China engagement
  2. To educate SMEs and build their capability to engage
  3. To support SMEs to create/package China ready trade and investment opportunities
  4. To build a supported pathway to market and pre-qualified buyers and investors
  5. To support SMEs to convert opportunities

By achieving these objectives local government contributes to the overall economic development of its jurisdiction, region and the state as a whole.