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The Export Council of Australia (ECA) would like to congratulate the finalists announced for the 2017 NSW Premier’s Export Awards. As exporters from across the state compete for 12 industry categories & 7 state categories, the program celebrates business excellence in international trade.
As a business owner it’s natural to review your business plan and consider opportunities for future growth and expansion. An important channel for growth for many small and medium businesses (SMEs) is exporting. The opportunity to showcase quality Australian products and services overseas and compete internationally can be both exciting and rewarding.
Australian small and medium businesses (SMEs) are more optimistic about conditions for export than they were six months ago – according to Efic’s latest Exporter Sentiment Index, research which tracks how small businesses are feeling about the Australian export environment.
Skander Malcolm is CEO of OFX, a leading Foreign Exchange service provider. In this interview with International Business Today Mr Malcolm explains how Australian exporters can protect themselves against currency exchange rate volatility and where to find the most competitive rates …
On 8 September 2017, the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block web traffic to the entirety of ‘Steam’ for including in its catalog ‘Fight of Gods,’ a fighting game where players can choose from a stable of combatants drawn from various religions, such as Jesus and Buddha, to be pitted against one another in one-on-one brawls.
Australian entrepreneurs are reaping the benefits from participating in the San Francisco Landing Pad with some securing significant deals in the lucrative US market and others using the experience to refine their business offerings.
Supported by Australia Post and the State Government of Victoria and hosted by Melbourne Today, Alibaba Group would like to invite you to join us at the Alibaba E-Commerce Expo and Conference to be held in Melbourne on 14 October 2017. With over 100 exhibiting Australian and New Zealand brands, service partners and distributors, the Expo is expected to attract thousands of buyers and suppliers from the Alibaba ecosystem and from across the Taobao community.
The European Union is the largest market in the world, and Austria is right in the center of it When looking to expand your business to Europe or to assist your clients to do so, or when facing the challenge of tackling BREXIT without losing the huge European EU market, then Austria as a driving and attractive business location ought to be considered in your investment decision.
Join Canberra Region business leaders and the 2017 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards finalists at a Gala Dinner to recognise and celebrate the achievements
of our leading exporters.
This popular Sunset Harbour Cruise, co-organized by various European Chambers, has become a highlight of the social calendar for many. Come and join us to network with more than 600 representatives from the European business community in Sydney and admire the splendor of Sydney Harbour with your friends, colleagues and business partners.
Ever since the beginning of 2016, when Donald Trump started to gain strength in the US presidential race, Mexico has been faced with protectionist threats.
Among the most divisive promises of the now US president, is his engagement to build a wall along the US Mexican border and to make its Southern neighbour
pay for the bill. This has triggered a wave of concerns over the potential impacts on the Mexican economy.
I just spent the two days at the GTR Trade & Treasury Week here in Singapore. This event brought together nearly 1100 attendees to discuss a variety of issues with an especially strong focus on trade financing.
In the past 40 years Vadain has grown from a small workroom servicing one store to an international player in the highly competitive window coverings market. The company specialises in mass customisation in window covering products and as a full service supplier is able to deliver high volumes of custom made window coverings in a short, pre-agreed time frame.
Starting out and deciding which market is the right market for your business can seem rather daunting. You need to understand how to select the right market for your business. Marketing starts well before you enter an export market. It starts when you are assessing your capability to service an export business.
Do you want to know how your business can supply goods and services to government agencies? If you have an established business and would like to know more about supplying goods and services to government agencies, then register yourself to come along to this free seminar.
There are more overseas opportunities for Australian businesses than ever before, but most SMEs are failing to take advantage, says ECA CEO Lisa McAuley. According to a Department of Industry, Innovation and Science study earlier this year there were more than 2.17 million actively trading businesses in Australia – an increase of 2.4 per cent from June 2015. “But despite this growing number of businesses, in 2014-15 fewer than 52,000 businesses were actively engaged in exporting goods and services,” says Ms McAuley.
Businesses across all sectors, of all sizes, from all parts of the world are flocking to Southeast Asia to be part of the huge growth story there. The 10 countries – Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam - collectively known as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), are a global “hotspot” for growth and diversity, driven by the fast growing consumer class and rapid urbanisation.
Don’t miss out on the chance to capitalise on the booming international online retail market, including China! FIAL and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science present this workshop developed specifically for Australian food and beverage businesses who are looking to capitalise on the tremendous opportunities that exist in the international e-commerce market!
Last week, AmCham Singapore came out with a position statement in support of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. The 11 members of the TPP just wrapped up meetings in Sydney and AmCham members wanted to note that this business community remains committed to high quality trade agreements.
You are invited to attend a workshop focused on documenting the the needs and aspirations of Australian importers, exporters and international trade and logistics service providers in relation to a proposed Single Window for Trade for Australia.
ECA and HSBC launch practical resources for accessing opportunities under the various FTAs between Australia and ASEAN countries
In partnership with HSBC Australia, the ECA recently launched the ASEAN Connected report to highlight opportunities in the southeast Asian region for Australian businesses. The ECA and HSBC are now pleased to promote the ASEAN Connected Toolkit – a series of practical resources for accessing opportunities under the various free trade agreements between Australia and ASEAN countries:
The Food & Beverage Exporters Forum is a rare opportunity to engage with experienced export managers covering diverse markets, all in one room. Come ready to ask questions and network with export-minded peers. Places are limited so register now.
Britain’s decision to leave the European Union is a major turning point in Europe’s history. Brexit presents many challenges, much uncertainty, and the consequences are complex, says the Minister for Trade, Investment and Tourism, Steven Ciobo. The political turmoil in the UK following the recent cliff- hanger election has thrown another spanner in the works – with Britain’s post-Brexit arrangements with the EU now unclear.
Join us for a speed networking event at which you can find out more about doing business in and with the UK.
Join the Honourable Niall Blair MP, Minister for Trade and Industry for NSW’s export networking event of the year. Join us as we announce the much-anticipated Premier’s NSW Export Awards winners at NSW’s most prestigious international business networking event.
Tickets on sale now for 2017 Western Australian Industry and Export Awards Presentation Ceremony and Gala Dinner
Join us as we announce the winners of this year’s Western Australian Industry & Export Awards at one of the most prestigious international business networking events on the Western Australian calendar.
Join the Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Premier of Queensland, and the Honourable Curtis Pitt MP, Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment, for Queensland’s export networking event of the year.
The successful applicant will be responsible for providing the Minister with high quality advice and analysis on legislative, policy and political issues that arise in relation to his portfolio responsibility for trade. He or she will also be responsible for liaising with the Minister’s department, stakeholders and parliamentary colleagues.