Trade Talk, 18 February 2016

The Hon. Steven Ciobo announced as new Trade and Investment Minister

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced the Government’s new ministerial line up. Steven Ciobo has taken on the role as Australia’s new Trade and Investment Minister, while Andrew Robb will be appointed as Special Envoy for Trade until the election. PM Turnbull acknowledged Mr Robb’s achievements, also noting that Mr Ciobo is an outstanding choice to succeed him.

It is now time to lodge submissions on a Free Trade Agreement with the European Union

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade welcomes submissions from interested individuals and groups on the potential opportunities and impacts of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the European Union (EU). The due date for submissions is 26 February 2016. Email address to lodge submissions:

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Taking the lead for Australia United States Business Week (AUSBW)

Special Envoy for Trade Andrew Robb is currently in the United States, leading a business delegation to launch the inaugural Australia United States Business Week (AUSBW). AUSBW 2016 will promote US investment in some of Australia’s key sectors and boost two-way investment currently valued at $1.3tr.

Media Release

Record numbers of Chinese nationals to celebrate Chinese New Year in Australia

Approximately 100,000 visitor visa applications from China were processed by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) in January 2016, record figures for a single month. To further encourage and support tourists from China, Minister Dutton said that DIPB would be introducing a number of visa initiatives throughout 2016.

Media Release

Quality, quality and other secrets to export success in Asia

This ANZ article notes Australia’s growing reputation for producing high quality food and the importance this has in Asia. To succeed, Chair of Citrus Australia Tania Chapman explains exporters need to “get out into Asia and build up relationships” as well as utilising tools from the Australian Government, such as FTAs, to grow businesses in those regions.

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Did you know…

Australia's goods and services exports to the EU were valued at around $23b in 2014-15. Major exports were recreational travel, coal, professional, technical and other business services, education-related travel and financial services.

Upcoming trade events

The China Update: Business Opportunities for Australia | 18 February-09 March 2016

In the lead up to Australia Week in China (AWIC) 2016, Austrade, the Australia China Business Council and PwC will be holding seminars on the opportunities for business engagement with China. The seminars will provide the latest information on China and the AWIC program from leading business, industry experts and government representatives.


North Asia Free Trade Agreements Information Seminar: Melbourne | 4 March 2016

This free FTA information seminar provides the opportunity to hear directly from the Hon. Andrew Robb AO, MP, Special Envoy for Trade, as well as officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Austrade and other government agencies, on the practical benefits that you may be able to realise from the FTAs.


Efic national SME briefings | 3 March | 9 March | 10 March | 11 March 2016

Have you registered for Efic's National SME Briefings? Hear from some of Australia's most innovative SME exporters and learn how Efic could help your business receive the finance it needs to achieve export success. Briefings are currently available in Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney.


Australia Week in China 2016 | 11-15 April 2016

AWIC 2016 will consist of trade, investment, education and tourism promotion events designed to highlight the commercial opportunities available in China. The program will feature trade and investment seminars, roundtables, site visits, product showcases and networking opportunities with Chinese business, industry and government.


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Last Updated: 18 February 2016