Global insights: Dispatches from Australia’s global diplomatic network

5 September 2019

From Kunming, China: Festival of Australia

Our Post in Chengdu, southwest China, hosted a series of cultural, trade and business engagement events in Kunming in late May, contributing to the Government’s China-wide Festival of Australia program.

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Events in Kunming highlighted Australia’s strengths in food and beverage, wine, health products and the arts. Post organised a week-long food and beverage showcase at two major shopping malls (Kunming Plaza and Parkson Kunming) to raise Australia’s profile in a growing market for Australian goods and services, and strengthen links with government, business and the local community.

The program also highlighted inspiring women in both Australia and China, an important element to Post’s broader Women in Leadership agenda. Improved access to the Chinese market through the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA), coupled with Australia’s strong reputation for safe and high quality products among a rapidly growing Chinese middle class, is opening up exciting opportunities for Australian businesses in China.

From Colombia: Gaining Greater Value From Resources and Energy

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Our Embassy in Colombia is active in promoting Australia’s competitive advantage in sustainable mining and energy technologies to help broaden Australia’s commercial presence in the Colombian energy sector, where there is widespread support for a new and ambitious ‘Energy Transition Roadmap’. In June, working closely with Austrade, DFAT held events in Bogotá, Medellin and Cartagena to deploy two initiatives showcasing Australia’s capabilities in sustainable mining and renewable energy - the new Sustainable Mining Centre of Excellence and the EnTech passport concept.

The Centre of Excellence presents an excellent opportunity to elevate Australia’s status as a world-leading mining, equipment and technical services (METS) supplier, and support sustainable growth in Colombia’s extractive industries. As the security situation continues to stabilise in post-conflict Colombia, new opportunities in areas like water management and micro grid deployment will open up for Australian resources and energy companies, which are respected for their commitment to safety, transparency and technology-driven efficiency.

From Singapore: Australia and Singapore work together on digital economy

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During his trip to Singapore in early June this year, Prime Minister Scott Morrison met Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to discuss how both countries could deepen their collaboration on the digital economy. Both Prime Ministers have asked their respective Trade Ministers to report on the scope of this collaboration by October this year.

In a public address to business leaders in Singapore, Prime Minister Morrison said the digital economy would be critical to boosting productivity and future economic growth. Our collaboration aims to unlock new opportunities to facilitate digital and cross border trade, such as using e-invoicing and paperless trading to help Australian businesses reduce costs and remain competitive.

Our work with Singapore on the digital economy comes ahead of the Australian High Commission to Singapore’s cooperation with Singapore’s Info-communications and Media Development Authority on a digital economy conference in October this year.

We want to hear from you about how we can deepen cooperation with Singapore on digital trade. Please forward your submissions to digitaltrade@dfat.gov.au. Submissions can be in any form, including a simple email.

From India: Biosecurity Training Deepens Agriculture Relationship

The Department of Agriculture delivered two DFAT funded biosecurity training courses in India and Australia in March and June 2019.

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The training provided an opportunity to share Australian expertise and showcase our robust biosecurity systems. The training programs benefit both countries by managing biosecurity risk offshore while building India’s biosecurity capacity and systems integrity. More than 30 officials from state and central government agencies and exporters attended the training. The program is a positive example of the way Australia can partner with India and build capacity and a common understanding of modern biosecurity treatments.

Last Updated: 2 September 2019