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International Business Today Winter 2017

International Business Today Winter 2017

How important is trade to the Australian economy? The short answer is: “it’s vital.” In this edition of International Business Today ECA CEO Lisa McAuley explains why trade and investment is a key driver of jobs, innovation and long-term prosperity for Australia. Ms McAuley says more Australia businesses should consider showcasing their products and services to the world – because when your business succeeds on the world stage – so does Australia.

In this issue we also highlight the business opportunities which are expected to flow with the staging of the Commonwealth Games in Queensland’s Gold Coast next year.
Queenslanders will welcome more than 6,600 leading athletes and team officials from 70 nations and territories to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
To coincide with the Games the Queensland Government has launched a new initiative – Trade 2018 – to strengthen trade and investment ties with Commonwealth nations.

The Government is keen to grow exports and attract investment from overseas markets, including the United Kingdom,

Canada, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand.

During the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, a parallel program of trade and investment activities will be held at Commonwealth House, the new purpose-built international trade and investment hub in the heart of the Gold Coast.

On the other side of the globe, we turn the spotlight on Eastern Europe and the trade opportunities for Australia. This feature includes a Postcard from Warsaw and its many and varied tourist attractions.

We also turn our attention to the Netherlands and ask: “Why is Vadain, a world leader in custom made window coverings, investing in a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Logan on the outskirts of Brisbane?” Arjen Hoekman, Director of Vadain, reveals all.

In addition, we have a special report on our most recent free trade agreements in North Asia and how they are benefiting Australian business – particularly our primary producers.

And don’t miss our special preview of this year’s state and territory Export Awards – a must attend event for Australian exporters.

Enjoy the read.

Tim Michael,
Editor 
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