International Business Today Autumn 2017
Welcome to the autumn edition of International Business Today – our first for 2017. In this edition we explore the Netherlands: the gateway to Europe.
So dust off those old wooden clogs and break out the crackers and Dutch Gouda as Niels Strazdins gives you a special insight into this tiny powerhouse,
strategically located between Europe’s two biggest continental economies. Niels explains why the Netherlands is now one of the hottest start-up hubs
in Europe – and identifies opportunities for Australian exporters. The country provides an ideal place for Australian entrepreneurs and start-ups to
begin their international journey.
Closer to home, Niels looks at the growing trade opportunities with the 10 nations that make up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) – collectively one of the fastest-growing regions of the world. And although Australia now enjoys a strong trading relationship with our neighbours to the north, there is still plenty of scope to expand. The region is home to over 600 million people and a fast-growing middle class that is predicted to more than double in under a decade.
Also in this issue, our Postcard series focuses on Myanmar and identifies new opportunities for exporters in this emerging market. Readers are given a guided tour of Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar, with tips on the best places to visit if you can find some spare time between business
Tim Michael, Editor
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Founded in 1991 in a spare bedroom to sell Tea Tree Oil from Dee-Ann’s parents’ farm, Down Under Enterprises has since grown to support over three dozen Australian farming families.