Chief Representative, Pacific Islands Forum (China) Trade Commissioner,
Pacific Islands Trade & Investment Commission


Day 1 – 13 Nov 2017

Parallel Session D: Law and Investment on One Belt One Road and China's Outward Investment Strategy: Implications and Issues for Belt and Road Countries | 3.30 pm - 4.45 pm

Mr Morris is the Chief Representative in China of the Pacific Islands Forum, the intergovernmental organization of the nations of Oceania. He leads the Pacific Islands Trade and Investment Commission in China, promoting trade, investment, tourism, education and creative industries for the Member States of the Pacific Islands Forum.

Mr Morris grew up in Hobart, Tasmania. After graduating from the University of Sydney with BA (Honours), he was recruited to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. As an Australian diplomat, Mr Morris had short-term postings to the European Union Presidency and the United Nations (UN) General Assembly and long-term postings to Hungary and Ireland. He was a major contributor to Gareth Evans’s award-winning UN reform blueprint Cooperating for Peace, published on peacekeeping and established the first “Australia Week” country promotions. He completed an MBA at Henley Business School.

As Chief of Staff in the Tasmanian State Government, Mr Morris led policy development and governance innovation and advised on key economic and industry development priorities including Tasmanian food and wine export promotion in Asia and environmental protection. Mr Morris coordinated whole-of-government economic engagement with the Asia Pacific for the New South Wales State Government, as Director, International Business Relations.

He established the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney and, as its founding Executive Director, managed the Australian Government’s High Level Roundtables at Shanghai World Expo. Mr Morris has consulted for businesses and governments on trade and investment with China and directed leadership capacity-building programs in Eastern Europe, Australia and South Asia. He also led the re-launch of Australia’s bipartisan movement for constitutional reform and independence, the Australian Republican Movement.

David Morris is a regular contributor to international media. He represents the Pacific Islands Forum on the UN Economic and Social Commission (ESCAP) Sustainable Business Network and is on the Editorial Board of Sun Yat Sen University’s annual Blue Book on Oceania.