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Northern Australia Investment Forum

Northern Australia Investment Forum

20.11.2017 The Hon Steven Ciobo MP

Investors from around the world will gather in Cairns today to explore opportunities in Northern Australia. The Northern Australia Investment Forum will present high-level investors with projects, opportunities and information about investing in Northern Australia.

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Navigating Australia’s FTA network

Navigating Australia’s FTA network

17.11.2017 Collins Rex

Free Trade Agreements, or FTAs, are international treaties between two or more countries that reduce barriers to trade in goods and services, and investment. FTAs open up opportunities for Australian exporters and investors by improving market access. In addition to removing or reducing tariff barriers, FTAs can also address other trade issues.

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Discover how the humble shipping container has revolutionised the way we live in new outdoor exhibition at the Maritime Museum

Discover how the humble shipping container has revolutionised the way we live in new outdoor exhibition at the Maritime Museum

14.11.2017 NSW Ports

In today’s global world you may have drunk coffee from Brazil or a smoothie containing frozen fruit from China. You could be wearing clothes made in India, watching a TV made in Japan while sitting on a sofa containing wood from Argentina on a laminate floor manufactured in Sweden. All of this has been made possible by a rectangular steel box – the shipping container.

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CPTPP Or TPP11 For Trade Nerds

CPTPP Or TPP11 For Trade Nerds

14.11.2017 Deborah Elms

Read Ministerial Statement on TPP11 here. Our matching Talking Trade post for today highlights the importance of the agreement for businesses. We have also published a new booklet for firms to help figure out how to plan for TPP11 implementation.

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Peru-Australia FTA builds momentum towards broader agreements

Peru-Australia FTA builds momentum towards broader agreements

10.11.2017 Lisa McAuley

‘We welcome the news that Australia has concluded its FTA negotiations with Peru,’ said Lisa McAuley, CEO of the Export Council of Australia (ECA). ‘The ECA supports the principle of expanding Australia’s FTA network by entering into high quality agreements,’ Ms McAuley said. ‘While multilateral agreements are best, and multi-country agreements such as the TPP are second-best, there can also be value in bilateral deals with countries like Peru.’

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APEC Ministerial Meeting

APEC Ministerial Meeting

08.11.2017 The Hon Steven Ciobo MP

This week I will attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meeting in Da Nang, Vietnam.

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Striving to make our industry better

Striving to make our industry better

07.11.2017 Food Innovation Australia Limited (FIAL)

Industry culture is the set of core beliefs that underpin the patterns of behaviours being played out across the sector. Therefore, to grow the share of Australian food in the global marketplace, we must understand the drivers and beliefs that are shaping the dynamics across the sector.

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Special ASEAN-Australia Roundtable

Special ASEAN-Australia Roundtable

07.11.2017 Australia-ASEAN Business Council

Influential and successful business leaders from ASEAN and Australia share their insights on effective and innovative ways of engaging for business growth across the region in the digital age.

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Centre for International Economics (CIE) Report on Australian Trade Liberalisation

Centre for International Economics (CIE) Report on Australian Trade Liberalisation

07.11.2017 Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Australia has a long history of undertaking economic reforms aimed at realising a more flexible and resilient economy. The floating of the dollar, the deregulation of financial markets, the broadening of the tax base and corporatisation of government businesses, to name just a few reforms, have produced an economy that is better placed to take advantage of emerging opportunities and to weather global economic storms.

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Australia Awards Women Trading Globally - Sydney

Australia Awards Women Trading Globally - Sydney

06.11.2017 Collins Rex

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, under its Aid for Trade and Australia Awards Programs, and in partnership with the Export Council of Australia, are delighted to invite you to join us as our guest at an exclusive networking event hosted in Sydney on Thursday 23rd November from 4.30-6.30pm.

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Australia Awards Women Trading Globally - Brisbane

Australia Awards Women Trading Globally - Brisbane

06.11.2017 Collins Rex

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, under its Aid for Trade and Australia Awards Programs, and in partnership with the Export Council of Australia, are delighted to invite you to join us as our guest at an exclusive networking event hosted in Brisbane on Thursday 16 November from 5.00 - 7.00pm.

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The Future of Australia's Trade: A Digital Vision for 2025

The Future of Australia's Trade: A Digital Vision for 2025

03.11.2017 Lisa McAuley

Leading industry associations the Export Council of Australia (ECA) and the Australian Digital Commerce Association (ADCA), alongside KPMG, have today released a paper calling for the Australian Government and industry to come together to plan for a digitally-enabled trading future.

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Industrial Internet Summit 2018

Industrial Internet Summit 2018

02.11.2017 Kristina Koprivica

Australia’s only IoT event dedicated to the future of manufacturing Industry 4.0, the 4th industrial revolution, smart manufacturing, digital factories…these are some of the phrases being used today to describe a series of game-changing innovations that are changing the way products are manufactured for ever.

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Coordination in the lead up to the ASEAN SUMMIT in Sydney 2018

Coordination in the lead up to the ASEAN SUMMIT in Sydney 2018

31.10.2017 Lisa McAuley

In March 2018, Sydney will host the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit. This is a major business and political event, including SMEs, leading CEOs, the Heads of State from the ASEAN Member States, plus Australia’s Prime Minister, Australian Ministers and senior government officials.

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Australian entrepreneurs awarded for global business successes

Australian entrepreneurs awarded for global business successes

30.10.2017 The Hon Steven Ciobo MP

I am pleased to announce the 77 finalists in the 55th Australian Export Awards, celebrating success in taking Australian innovation and expertise to the world. This year’s awards, co-presented by Austrade and Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, honour business endeavours across a wide spectrum and I look forward to announcing the national Australian Export Award winners at a ceremony in Canberra on December 5.

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Air Cargo Prohibition - Electromechanical devices - Turkey

Air Cargo Prohibition - Electromechanical devices - Turkey

30.10.2017 Heath Baker

The Australian Government has placed a restriction on the carriage of air cargo from Turkey. The restriction will prohibit airlines from bringing into Australian Territory any electromechanical device that weighs over one kilogram that has originated in, or transited through, Turkey.

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RCEP And Digital Services

RCEP And Digital Services

30.10.2017 Deborah Elms

The 20th round of talks in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations concludes this week in Incheon, Korea. These negotiations will eventually bring together 16 countries in Asia under one common platform for trade.

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Lost In Translation? Doing Business In Japan

Lost In Translation? Doing Business In Japan

30.10.2017 Tim Harcourt

The Airport Economist Tim Harcourt flies into Tokyo to find that the world’s 3rd largest economy may be making a comeback under ‘Abenomics’ and there’s more than meets the eye in Japan than just sumo and sushi.

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2017 NSW Export Champions Announced

2017 NSW Export Champions Announced

26.10.2017 Lisa McAuley

Leading export businesses have been announced at the 2017 Premier’s NSW Export Awards, which were held at the Star last night (Wednesday 25 October 2017).

Soprano Design has taken out the top prize of the evening – the Premier’s NSW Exporter of the Year Award – as well as the Digital Technologies award. Founded in 1994, Soprano Design is an award-winning global software design firm headquartered in Sydney, Australia.

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What Australia needs next to keep its economy growing

What Australia needs next to keep its economy growing

24.10.2017 ​HSBC Bank Australia

The nation’s long boom is the result of both luck and having a flexible and well-managed economy. But without reform, its 'unique talent' for avoiding recessions may wear thin, according to Paul Bloxham, HSBC’s Chief Economist for Australia, New Zealand and Global Commodities.

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Future Investment Initiative

Future Investment Initiative

23.10.2017 The Hon Steven Ciobo MP

I will represent Australia at the Future Investment Initiative (FII) in Saudi Arabia this week. Hosted by HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, the FII is an international forum that will bring together high-profile government and business leaders to discuss global investment trends and explore investment opportunities.

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North Asia FTA Seminars Help Australian Businesses Expand

North Asia FTA Seminars Help Australian Businesses Expand

23.10.2017 Sarkis Khoury

Australian businesses are embracing the free national seminars explaining the benefits and opportunities that have been created for Australian businesses as a result of the North Asia free trade agreements (FTAs) with South Korea, Japan and China. Organised by Austrade – in conjunction with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), AusIndustry and Efic – the FTA seminar series was launched in March 2015 with the objective of providing clear and practical information on how Australian business can benefit from the FTAs.

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