In the Zone Conference
Post written by Kate Fitzgerald, UWA Fogarty Foundation Scholar
On the 26th and 27th of November, a group of Fogarty scholars had the privilege of attending the In the Zone conference held at UWA. The theme of the conference was The Geography of Global Prosperity. Prominent local and world leaders delivered insightful presentations and participated in panel discussions on several topics related to Western Australia’s position in the development of the leading economies within the Asian zone.
Dr David Gruen, Executive Director, Macroeconomic Group, Australian Treasury said “By 2025, Asia will have four of the top 10 economies in the world. China will be No. 1, India No. 3, Japan No. 4 and Indonesia No. 10.” Western Australia is both geographically and strategically positioned to capitalize on the opportunities arising from this. It is an exciting time to be a part of this development, and even more so for us as students, as we are at the forefront of this growth.
A huge thank you to Rio Tinto and the In the Zone conference organisers for providing us with this incredible opportunity.
Post written by Thomas Durkin, UWA Fogarty Foundation Scholar
As part of an initiative sponsored by Rio Tinto, I was fortunate enough to attend the In The Zone conference alongside five other Fogarty Scholars. The In The Zone Conference was initiated by UWA in partnership with business and community organisations to address the effects of the shift in global power towards the Asia-Pacific region for Western Australia. With an abundance of natural resources and a geographical proximity that lends itself to deep links to Asia, the conference aimed to address the unique opportunities and challenges this position presents.
The conference featured an impressive array of speakers including the Honourable Premier Mr Colin Barnett, Dr. Michael Chaney who spoke to the Fogarty Foundation earlier in the year and the CEO and Managing Director of Woodside, Mr Peter Coleman. There were many interesting discussions including particular analysis of the Federal Government’s Australia in the Asian Century White Paper. Other topics included the nature of the global economy, the capacity for philanthropy partnerships in the region, resource sustainability and cultural pursuits. As a young person, the conference provided a great opportunity to interact and engage with the business leaders who are shaping Western Australia’s place in the coming century.
The experience was inspirational as it demonstrated the view held by many about Western Australia’s capacity to become a truly influential and globally acting state. However the opportunity the conference provided to interact with the leaders shaping our State’s future was an invaluable experience.
Read more about In The Zone here.