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International Business Today Summer 2017

International Business Today Summer 2017

Welcome to the summer edition of International Business Today. In this edition, we pay tribute to the export community’s high achievers – our state Export Award winners. These are the businesses with the innovation, expertise and professionalism to take on international markets. ECA CEO Lisa McAuley reveals which companies have been recognised in 2017 for their hard work and determination.

We also talk to two Australian women whose innovative businesses are grabbing headlines globally – Leanne Kemp the founder of blockchain startup, Everledger and Jane Lu, founder of global fashion house Showpo – and we discover their recipefor international success.

Also in this issue, we turn the spotlight on Latin America, with a focus on Argentina. Austrade’s Senior Trade Commissioner for the region Shannon Powell explains why more Australian businesses should consider trading with the second largest country in Latin America.

And if you can find some spare time for sightseeing, don’t miss our Postcard on Buenos Aires, a helpful guide to the city’s must-see tourist attractions.

Also, Niels Strazdins gives readers an insight into the Pacific Alliance, the Latin American trade bloc with GDP worth more than US$1.8 trillion.

Latin America presents relatively untapped trade opportunities for Australia – and this may be the right opportunity at the right time, says Niels.

This edition also includes a behind the scenes look at Agri-Digital, a smart Australian startup company that’s driving agriculture’s digital revolution across the globe.

And Heath Baker, the ECA’s head of trade policy, asks why government is not doing more to simplify the export process, making it easier for exporters to do business overseas.

His feature is timely, with the pending release of the ECA’s fifth annual trade policy recommendations aimed at growing SME exports and getting more Australian businesses involved in international trade.

On behalf of the team at IBT, we wish you and your family a safe and joyful holiday season. 

Tim Michael, 
Editor

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