Australia and Chile enjoy a close and dynamic economic relationship with strong trade and investment links.
The Australia-Chile Free Trade Agreement is our fifth-longest standing bilateral trade agreement.
The inaugural Australia-Chile Economic Leadership Forum was held in Santiago in December 2014.
Participants included the Chilean President, the Chilean Ministers for Foreign Affairs and the Economy, Energy and Mining and Australia's Trade and Investment Minister.
More than 300 Australian and Chilean government officials, businesspeople and academics attended the two-day event.
The Forum produced a roadmap for the future development of bilateral relations across different sectors and encouraged growth of the Pacific Alliance, of which Australia is now an observer.
The second Australia-Chile Economic Leadership Forum will be held in Melbourne over the period 5-6 December 2016.
The Forum will identify opportunities to expand the bilateral economic relationship, strengthen trade and investment ties, and explore ways we can access new markets together.
Over the two days, Ministers, participants, technical specialists and industry leaders will focus on sectors of strategic mutual interest, including:
- mining and resources: innovation and mining equipment, technology and services (METS); sustainability; corporate social responsibility; community engagement; and gender balance;
- infrastructure: ports, rail, urban transport systems, connectivity; private public partnerships; and policy governance and frameworks;
- education leadership: vocational and workforce training; preparing the workforce of the future; industry-university relationships; and frameworks and regulations; and
- trade and business platforms: positioning Chile and Australia to be reciprocal gateways and investment hubs for Latin America and the Asia-Pacific respectively; goods, technology, services; considering new mechanisms such as the Pacific Alliance to enhance trade and investment.