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 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.
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.
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)?
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.
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.
The ECA wants to know how the changes to the temporary work visa (457 visa) may affect exporters. We have a short window of opportunity to tell the government specific occupations where, if the government tightens visa conditions as planned, it will cause problems for your business. Please respond by completing this short survey.
Are you selling goods into the US via air? Regulatory changes enter into force this 1 July and you must act now to get ready for the change
In less than a couple of weeks any Australian companies that is doing business with the US and shipping any products in via air then you need to be aware
of important information that is critical to securing the future of your US export business.
You are invited to a free lunch-time forum, ‘Opening Doors to Success: How International Students Can Help Your Business’, with addresses from notable speakers, including Karen Borg, CEO of Jobs for NSW, and the Hon. Patricia Forsythe, Executive Director of Sydney Business Chamber.
Leaders of the Business Events industry have visited Canberra to engage with Federal Parliamentarians and senior departmental officials as part of the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) Business Events Meets Parliament program, taking place today.
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.
From Brexit to Trump, political risk continues to be a growing concern in the global market. How resilient is the economy to the series of shocks? Which industries will be most impacted by these uncertainties? Where does this leave Australian exporters and more importantly how can you protect your exporting business and remain profitable while trading in this uncertainty?
US President Donald Trump has ordered an investigation under Section 232(B) of the 1962 Trade Expansion Act, to look into the national security implications of imported steel. While this may appear to be a purely domestic legal issue within the United States, it may have significant implications for Asian producers of steel and, indeed, for manufacturers of all types.
The word "fair" has increasingly re-entered the U.S. trade lexicon alongside its old mantra of "free" as US President Donald Trump seeks to do more to enforce or renegotiate trade agreements in the name of protecting traditional American jobs - particularly in manufacturing.
Following the Brexit referendum, this snap general election is the Tories’ second failed gamble in less than a year. On June 8th, PM Theresa May lost the
best she has made by triggering an early election. Now left with a hung Parliament, a confidence and supply agreement has been concluded with the Democratic
Unionist Party (10 seats), although the terms of the deal remain unclear. This unstable political situation only adds more uncertainty to the Brexit
Sign up today as an ECA business member and you can receive your first hour of International Business coaching FREE if you become a member with us before June 30th 2017!*
Join the Export Council of Australia in Orange,
Port Macquarie & Newcastle for a FREE event packed with information and resources for exporters looking to expand into the ASEAN market. Whether an emerging or established export
business, NOW is the time for companies to capitalise on business opportunities across the ASEAN region.
The Turnbull Government has delivered another trade agreement that will help drive economic growth and raise living standards in our region. On June 14th the Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Keith Pitt, signed the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER Plus) at the ceremony in Nuku’alofa, Tonga.
The Gulf is home to three goliath airlines, Etihad Airways, Emirates Airlines and Qatar Airways, that share a keen relationship with Australia. After years
of uninterrupted growth, the environment they operate in is shifting with persisting low oil prices, political instability and the rise of the low-cost
airlines. AACCI, in conjunction with Clyde & Co and the NSW Government, invite you for a seminar with special guest, Mr Moin Anwar, Commissioner
MENA, NSW Government.
Washington, DC—It’s been nearly six months since the Trump administration came into office. Viewed from the outside, it appears that American trade
policy has undergone a shift over this period. What hasn’t been so clear is whether this change is one of emphasis or a deep transformation.
We are pleased to announce that applicants entering the 2017 Premier’s NSW Export Awards or 2017 Premier of Queensland's Export Awards, and are currently exporting to India, can also nominate to enter the India Australia Business & Community Awards 2017! This is your chance to complete one application and be eligible for nomination in two prestigious awards programs.
The Export Council of Australia (ECA) in collaboration with Trade & Investment Queensland (TIQ) are delighted to present an event for prospective and
established exporters in Ipswich who are looking to expand their business operations and connect into ASEAN. This event will be held in Ipswich on
the 13th of June, from 10.30am-12pm, and you can register here.