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Know Thy (Global) Business Partner!

Know Thy (Global) Business Partner!

05.07.2017 ​Murray Lawson

When entering into a business deal, how well do you know your potential partner? That question has always been at the core of doing due diligence, but is absolutely critical when considering business overseas — and especially so in emerging markets.

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AustCham Shanghai 2017 E-commerce business delegation

AustCham Shanghai 2017 E-commerce business delegation

05.07.2017 Helen Cai

It is no secret that China is a complex and diverse market. An understanding of this market, including its varying demographic, economic and cultural characteristics, is crucial to any businesses success. The AustCham Shanghai E-Commerce Business Delegation provides decision makers with on-the-ground China experience and exclusive access to knowledge and insights about China’s e-commerce industry.

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Doing Business in Myanmar

Doing Business in Myanmar

05.07.2017 Export Council of Australia

Isolated for decades, its vast wealth and potential out of reach for international investors, Myanmar is now undergoing generational reform aimed at modernising its economy and catching up on decades of lost opportunity. Strategically located at the crossroads between China, India and Southeast Asia, with vast reserves of onshore and offshore natural resources and favourable demographics, Myanmar is poised to be one of the brightest stars among frontier markets for the foreseeable future.

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Building staff capacity for international growth

Building staff capacity for international growth

05.07.2017 Collins Rex

"Unity is strength. . . when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved." --Mattie Stepanek. Building a global business requires team work and a global mindset from the very beginning, across your entire organisation. Building your internal capacity and identifying key strategies to support your international business are vital to international success.The ECA is offering a new contemporary online, interactive program for companies looking to start their journey of expanding into overseas markets.

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International Business Coaching Can Give Australian SMEs the Edge

International Business Coaching Can Give Australian SMEs the Edge

05.07.2017 Collins Rex

The ECA – over its 60 year history – has developed an extensive program of workshops and courses that equip businesses with the skills they need to manage and grow their international operations. The ECA has also worked with countless individual companies, state and federal government departments, and local councils to develop in-house training programs. Building on its extensive education experience, the ECA is proud to now offer an International Business Coaching program: a bespoke offering for Australian businesses that need specialised, hands-on-assistance to achieve their international business goals.

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ECA recommends 457 visa amendments

ECA recommends 457 visa amendments

04.07.2017 Heath Baker

The ECA has highlighted to the government that changes to the temporary skilled work visas (457 visas) that adversely affect businesses, have the potential to disproportionately affect exporters.

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US air cargo screening requirements apply to Australian exports from 1 July

US air cargo screening requirements apply to Australian exports from 1 July

04.07.2017 Sachi Wimmer, OTS

US air cargo screening requirements now apply to all exports to the US from Australia. These requirements have been imposed by the US on all airlines carrying Australian air cargo to the US. The Australian Government has been working with Australian businesses over the last two years to help them comply and be ready for the change, while reducing red tape and enabling a smooth transition.

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ECA welcomes Australia joining New Zealand with announcement of Pacific Alliance FTA negotiations

ECA welcomes Australia joining New Zealand with announcement of Pacific Alliance FTA negotiations

03.07.2017 Lisa McAuley

The Export Council of Australia (ECA) welcomes the announcement of Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations with the Pacific Alliance, announced on Saturday by Minster for Trade, Tourism and Investment the Hon Steven Ciobo MP. “We are pleased that the government is seeking new opportunities for Australian companies in Latin America by enhancing and reinforcing Australia’s market access in Mexico, Peru, Colombia and Chile,” says ECA CEO Lisa McAuley.

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Pacific Alliance Free Trade Agreement Negotiations

Pacific Alliance Free Trade Agreement Negotiations

03.07.2017 The Hon Steven Ciobo MP

Today I announce the launch of Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations between Australia and the Pacific Alliance - the Latin American trading bloc made up of Mexico, Chile, Peru and Colombia. Australia is one of the first countries to launch FTA negotiations with the Pacific Alliance.

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Volumes Drive 2016 Export Growth

Volumes Drive 2016 Export Growth

30.06.2017 The Hon Steven Ciobo MP

Trade continues to underpin our nation’s prosperity as Australia’s total trade in goods and services reached a record $673 billion last year. Trade contributed 1.5 percentage points to overall growth of 2.4 per cent, while export growth was driven by an 8 per cent increase in volumes in 2016, according to the Composition of Trade, Australia 2016 report released today.

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Getting the Documentation Right Course - Sydney and Melbourne

Getting the Documentation Right Course - Sydney and Melbourne

29.06.2017 Collins Rex

The preparation of export documentation can be confusing, time consuming, costly and prone to human error, and yet correct export documentation is vital for any exporter to transact business in an efficient and cost effective way. This one day course is aimed at companies looking to not only understand export documentation requirements, but also to train their staff in processing documentation correctly and efficiently.

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Solid progress in talks on Australia’s accession to the Government Procurement Agreement

Solid progress in talks on Australia’s accession to the Government Procurement Agreement

27.06.2017 World Trade Organization

Work to complete Australia’s accession to the WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) has intensified and is nearing final stages. The accessions of the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan to the Agreement are advancing steadily as well, informal discussions in the Committee on Government Procurement on 21 June 2017 have confirmed. The accession negotiations of Russia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia kicked off at the meeting.

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Visit To The United States And Colombia

Visit To The United States And Colombia

27.06.2017 The Hon Steven Ciobo MP

This week I am visiting the United States and Colombia to advance trade, tourism and investment opportunities for Australia. Increasing Australia’s trade through new export opportunities and attracting fresh investment will help create new Australian jobs and drive economic growth.

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Hong Kong Incubation Programs

Hong Kong Incubation Programs

27.06.2017 Cloris Long

Against the background of a weak and uneven recovery in the OECD economies versus relatively robust growth in fast-developing Asia, an interconnected global start-up landscape is taking shape in Hong Kong. The start-up ecosystem in Hong Kong is being supported by a number of government and private sector communities and I will focus this article on the two major government initiated incubation Programs and how they assist startups to grow and expand into mainland China and Asia.

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Business Events Meets Parliament

Business Events Meets Parliament

26.06.2017 Business Events Council of Australia

Business Events leaders and members of the Business Events Council of Australia last week met with parliamentarians at the Business Events Meets Parliament bipartisan Friends of Tourism luncheon held at Parliament House. The event was attended by politicians from both sides of politics who engaged with the industry as they pitched the value of business events to Australia and described the competitiveness of the industry.

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Australia's Export Credit Agency Appoints New Managing Director

Australia's Export Credit Agency Appoints New Managing Director

26.06.2017 The Hon Steven Ciobo MP

I am pleased to announce the Board of Australia’s export credit agency, Efic, has appointed a new Managing Director, Ms Swati Dave. Ms Dave has more than 30 years’ experience in finance and banking across a range of sectors in both domestic and international markets.

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The Economist Events' Innovation as Competition: Australia’s Asian Future Summit 2017

The Economist Events' Innovation as Competition: Australia’s Asian Future Summit 2017

23.06.2017 The Economist Events

Addressing the theme of Innovation as Competition, Australia’s Asian Future Summit 2017, the Economist Events will bring together policymakers, leaders in regional and Australian business, academics and pioneering entrepreneurs to debate the role Australia can play in boosting Asia’s capacity for innovation. How can Australia compete with Asian countries that significantly outspend it in research and development (R&D)?

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New Financial Year: New bonus offer

New Financial Year: New bonus offer

22.06.2017 Lisa McAuley

Book and pay by 31 July for any two August and September ECA courses, and qualify for a 10% discount on both. Book and pay for three or more August and September courses, and qualify for a massive 20% discount on each one! We have a range of courses from which to choose, including export, import and doing business in China.

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E-Commerce From Remote Locations

E-Commerce From Remote Locations

22.06.2017 Deborah Elms

FIJI—The promise of e-commerce and digital trade is that can empower individuals and firms from anywhere to find customers, suppliers, and engage in trade globally. It has enabled the tiniest companies to become “micro-multinationals.” A first customer can literally be found across the world. But this promise is sometimes harder to implement than it first appears.

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Support for trade should not breed complacency

Support for trade should not breed complacency

21.06.2017 Lisa McAuley

The Export Council of Australia (ECA) welcomes the release of the 2017 Lowy Institute Poll. ‘There are a lot of positives to take away from this poll’ said Lisa McAuley, CEO of the ECA. ‘But it also highlights that the government and business leaders cannot take public support for granted.’

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Wallets wide open - tourism spending boom

Wallets wide open - tourism spending boom

21.06.2017 The Hon Steven Ciobo MP

Tourists are spending record amounts in Australia. Today I release the latest National Visitor Survey which shows Australian tourists spent a record $61.7 billion for the year ending March 2017, an increase of $3.7 billion. Combined with the record spending of international tourists for the same period, up five per cent to $39.8 billion, total spending by tourists reached a new record of $101.6 billion.

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