17 October 2013
FTAs and economic cooperation on agenda during FM’s Asian visit
Economic cooperation is high on the agenda during Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s visit to Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong. Ms Bishop’s visit from 14 to 20 October will also include discussions on the New Colombo Plan.
FM Media Release: Enhancing strategic and economic relations with Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong
Women doing business in Asia: Australian speaker series – stories of success
Australian business women will have the opportunity to learn from the success stories of women entrepreneurs engaging with Asia during “The Women in Global Business” series this month. The speaker program runs in all capital cities and will explore the benefits and challenges of doing business in Asia.
TM Media Release: Breaking down barriers for women doing business in Asia
TPP Leaders meet in Bali
On 8 October, Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Leaders, including the Australian Prime Minister, met in Bali in the margins of the APEC Leaders' meeting to outline the substantial headway made in negotiations to date, confirm their commitment to concluding a high-quality TPP agreement and consider next steps.
TPP Leaders Statement: Trans-Pacific Partnership Leaders Statement
Call for conclusion of WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement
The heads of seven multilateral institutions have urged WTO members to conclude a Trade Facilitation Agreement during the WTO Ministerial Conference in Bali in December. The heads outlined how trade facilitation would increase competitiveness, particularly in developing countries.
Joint Statement: Joint Statement by Multilateral Institutions on Trade Facilitation Assistance
EU-US Trade Talks delayed by US Government shutdown
The second round of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations have been postponed due to the ongoing government shutdown in the US. The second round was to focus on regulatory issues and standards, which are widely viewed as the most difficult part of the negotiations.
Bridges Weekly: EU-US Trade Talks Delayed as Govt Shutdown Continues in Washington