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ECA launches Australia’s International Business Survey 2018

2018-04-05T00:00:00

“AIBS 2018 will continue to build on the foundation we have established over the last four years and drive new insights into the international perspectives and outlooks of Australian businesses,” ECA CEO Alina Bain said.

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TPP-11: The symbolism is strong, the economics are even stronger

2018-03-09T00:00:00

‘Signing the TPP-11 could not come at a more important time’ said Heath Baker, head of policy at the Export Council of Australia (ECA). ‘It shows that despite the protectionism coming out of the US, there is still momentum to increasing shared prosperity through freer trade.’ The ECA welcomes the signing of the TPP-11 (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, also known as the CPTPP).

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In a trade war, retaliating with tariffs is just shooting yourself in the foot

2018-03-06T00:00:00

The biggest losers from the US’s steel and aluminium tariffs aren’t other countries that export to the US, the biggest losers are Americans’ said Heath Baker, head of policy at the Export Council of Australia (ECA).

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FTA debate overlooks the big picture—there are not enough SMEs exporting

2018-03-02T00:00:00

‘Australia is having the wrong debate about trade’ said Heath Baker, head of policy at the Export Council of Australia (ECA). ‘Trade agreements, like the TPP-11, are only as good as the companies using them. If we’re serious about boosting economic growth through trade, then trade agreements are only part of the answer. The priority must be to address the lack of SMEs in export.’

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Appointment of new CEO

2018-02-27T00:00:00

Export Council of Australia (ECA), the peak body representing the promotion of Australian industry in international markets as our primary goal has today announced the appointment of Ms. Alina Bain as the new Chief Executive Officer of the organisation.

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Modelling the TPP: not should we, but can we?

2018-02-08T00:00:00

Now the 11 countries in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans Pacific Partnership (or TPP11) have concluded negotiations, modelling is emerging as a major point of disagreement in Australia.

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Media Release: After a decade of waiting, it’s time to make the TPP happen

2018-01-24T00:00:00

‘After almost a decade of negotiations, it’s important to finally turn the TPP into reality’ said Heath Baker, Head of Policy for the Export Council of Australia.

The Export Council of Australia welcomes the conclusion of negotiations for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Even without the United States, the TPP will provide significant new and improved market access for Australian exporters.

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Australia's diverse export industry eyes Argentina as a high potential investment destination

2017-12-18T00:00:00

Argentina is two years into social and economic reform program aimed at modernising its economy and reducing obstacles to foreign trade and investment, making it an easier place to do business for Australian companies. Australia is no stranger to Argentina’s renaissance and through the Australian Trade and Investment Commission’s (Austrade) market strategy it has awakened the business opportunities that span various industries, from energy and resources to the digital economy.

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Largest survey into the behaviour of Australia’s international businesses highlights that our growing network of free trade agreements (FTAs) is having a positive impact on Australian trade

2017-12-14T00:00:00

The results of Australia’s International Business Survey 2017 (AIBS 2017), the fourth in a series of studies of Australia's international business activity, are now available and highlight the positive impact that Australia’s growing network of free trade agreements (FTAs) are having on Australian trade. Commissioned by the Export Council of Australia (ECA) with the support of the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) and the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (Efic), and analysed by UTS Business School, AIBS 2017 is one of the country’s largest and most in-depth surveys of internationally-active Australian businesses.

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ECA applauds Australia's leading role in working toward rules for digital trade at WTO

2017-12-16T00:00:00

Open, transparent and rules-based international trade are critical to Australia’s economic prosperity. The Export Council of Australia (ECA) therefore applauds the Australian government’s leading efforts in establishing a work program to set rules for digital trade at the 11th World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) Ministerial Conference (MC11) this week in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Government needs to back up the Foreign Policy White Paper’s talk with action

2017-11-23T00:00:00

‘The Foreign Policy White Paper says all the right things’ said Export Council of Australia (ECA) CEO Lisa McAuley. ‘But the value of the paper will be determined by whether they’re put into action. ‘We endorse the five objectives the government announced in the White Paper. Australia’s future prosperity depends on a prosperous and secure region, its citizens remaining safe, secure and free, emphatically rejecting protectionism, growing international opportunities for its businesses and an international system governed by rules.

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TPP-11 moves forward under a new agreement to be known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

2017-11-13T00:00:00

The Export Council of Australia (ECA) is pleased to see the revitalised eleven-country Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership has progressed further with the recent announcement in Da Nang, Vietnam.

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Australia to Host a Unique New Aid for Trade Program to Assist Women Entrepreneurs

2017-11-13T00:00:00

The Export Council of Australia (ECA), in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Australia Awards, are hosting a delegation of female small business owners from across the Pacific in Australia from 12-24 November.

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Peru-Australia FTA builds momentum towards broader agreements

2017-11-10T00:00:00

‘We welcome the news that Australia has concluded its FTA negotiations with Peru,’ said Lisa McAuley, CEO of the Export Council of Australia (ECA). ‘The ECA supports the principle of expanding Australia’s FTA network by entering into high quality agreements,’ Ms McAuley said. ‘While multilateral agreements are best, and multi-country agreements such as the TPP are second-best, there can also be value in bilateral deals with countries like Peru.’ 

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The Future of Australia's Trade: A Digital Vision for 2025

2017-11-02T00:00:00

Leading industry associations the Export Council of Australia (ECA) and the Australian Digital Commerce Association (ADCA), alongside KPMG, have today released a paper calling for the Australian Government and industry to come together to plan for a digitally-enabled trading future.

THE FUTURE OF AUSTRALIA'S TRADE

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ECA welcomes policies to grow exports to the region

2017-10-30T00:00:00

The Export Council of Australia (ECA) welcomes Jason Clare’s speech ‘Trade in an Asian Century and the Age of Trump’. Non-tariff measures—regulations other than tariffs that restrict trade (like customs processes, product registration or professional licences)—are a growing burden on Australian exporters. ‘As Australia’s FTA network grows, and the burden of tariffs ease, more Australian exporters are being challenged by non-tariff measures,’ said ECA CEO Lisa McAuley.

 

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Winners Announced: 2017 Western Australian Industry and Export Awards

2017-10-27T00:00:00

Leading industry and export businesses have been announced at the Western Australian Industry & Export Awards, which were held at the Hyatt Regency, Perth last night (Thursday 26 October 2017). Epichem has taken out the top prize of the evening – the Western Australian Exporter of the Year Award – as well as the Health and Biotechnology award. 

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NSW Export Champions Announced

2017-10-26T00:00:00

Leading export businesses have been announced at the 2017 Premier’s NSW Export Awards, which were held at the Star last night (Wednesday 25 October 2017). Soprano Design has taken out the top prize of the evening – the Premier’s NSW Exporter of the Year Award – as well as the Digital Technologies award.

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Queensland exporters acknowledged as export champions

2017-10-19T00:00:00

Leading export businesses have been announced at the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards, which were held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre tonight (Thursday 19 October 2017).

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Leveraging Alibaba for Small Business

2017-10-19T00:00:00

Selling online gives businesses access to a whole world of new customers without many of the challenges, risks and expenses that often come with establishing a physical presence in a new market. To harness this opportunity, it is imperative that small businesses invest upfront in developing and equipping themselves with the necessary knowledge and skills to make informed business decisions.

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