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27 March 2014

Trade and Investment Minister to visit Japan and Hong Kong

Andrew Robb will visit Japan and Hong Kong from 25 – 31 March. In Japan Mr Robb will participate in advanced discussions on an Economic Partnership Agreement. In Hong Kong the Minister will speak at a series of events, highlighting the attractiveness of Australia to international investors.

TIM Media Release:  Trade and Investment Minister to visit Japan and Hong Kong

RCEP Negotiations – heading to Nanning, China

The fourth round of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations will be held in Nanning, China next week. The major focus of the meeting will be goods, services and investment issues. Delegations will look to maintain momentum ahead of the RCEP Ministerial meeting in August.

DFAT News:  The fourth round of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations

G20 Sherpas meet at Uluru

Australia hosts the G20 Sherpas this week to discuss how members can drive global growth and build financial resilience.  Sherpas will focus on actions to increase investment, lift employment and participation, enhance trade and promote competition.

G20 News:  G20 Sherpas reconvene to focus on policies that will drive economic growth

Twenty-five reasons to be confident about Australia's growth

A new report from Deloitte Access Economics identifies 25 sectors with the biggest potential to lift Australia's growth trajectory over the next 25 years. The report says Australia's top five prospects (after the minerals boom) are gas, agribusiness, tourism, international education and wealth management.

Deloitte Report:  Positioning for Prosperity? Catching the next wave

Australia's International Business Survey (AIBS) 2014

AIBS 2014 captures data from more than 1,600 Australian exporters, operating across 123 markets. Among a range of findings, respondents reported that their most important future markets are China, the US, India, the UK and Indonesia.

Austrade News:  Australia's International Business Survey 2014

Highlights Report: Australia's International Business Survey 2014

EU and China hold investment talks ahead of President Xi Jinping visit to Brussels

The EU and China held their second round of talks on an EU-China investment agreement on 24-25 March. A visit by President Xi Jinping to Brussels on March 31 was expected to give impetus to the negotiations. China and Europe trade well over €1 billion a day.

European Commission Press Release:  EU and China hold investment talks

Mongolia's economic prospects and challenges

Mongolia is one of the most rapidly expanding economies in the world, with economic growth of 11.7% in 2013. The main driver has been the development of the mining industry. However the economy faces challenges to reach its full potential, including an increasing dependence on the export of raw minerals.

The East Asia Institute:  Mongolia's economic prospects and challenges

Did you know?

Australia's two-way trade with ASEAN has more than doubled in the past decade to $92 billion in 2012-13. The ten member countries of ASEAN represent a population of more than 600 million people and a combined economy of $2.4 trillion.


Trade articles sourced from non-Australian Government sources do not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Government.