24 October 2013
Invitation to Stakeholders: TPP consultation briefings in Sydney on 30 October 2013
Members of the public, and business and civil society stakeholders with an interest in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement negotiations are invited to participate in a briefing in Sydney on 30 October 2013, providing an update on the negotiations and an opportunity for further stakeholder input.
Further information, including how to register, is available on the DFAT website
Hong Kong joins New Colombo Plan pilot
Hong Kong Education Secretary, Eddie Ng, has welcomed Australia’s invitation for Hong Kong to participate in the pilot phase of the New Colombo Plan. Mr Ng and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop met in Hong Kong on 19 October and emphasised the importance of education links in building the bilateral relationship.
FM Media Release: New Colombo Plan facilitates Hong Kong and Australian student exchange
Australian exporters encouraged to participate in research survey
Trade Minister Andrew Robb has launched the Australian International Business Survey to identify obstacles facing Australian exporters. Exporters are encouraged to participate. The findings will inform policy development. Around 45,000 companies in Australia are involved in exporting.
TM Media Release: New research targets Australian exporters
GCC sovereign wealth fund successful in $5 billion infrastructure joint bid in NSW
The recent success of a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) sovereign wealth fund in a $5 billion joint bid in NSW is evidence of increased GCC interest in investing in Australia. According to Austrade ‘the key to even greater investment by GCC sovereign wealth funds is to find suitable co-investors for major projects.’
Austrade Media Release: Australian infrastructure a good investment fit for Gulf sovereign wealth funds
Aid for Trade in the Asia Pacific: 12 Things to know
This Asian Development Bank article presents 12 key points to readers to better understand Aid for Trade in the Asia Pacific. The Aid for Trade initiative helps least developed countries strengthen their capabilities to meet market demand and overcome economic obstacles.
ADB Article: Aid for Trade in Asia and the Pacific: 12 Things to Know
Canada and EU strike trade deal
The European Commission (EC) says that Canada and the EU have reached a political agreement on the key remaining elements of their Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The EC says negotiators will now settle remaining technical issues.
European Commission Press Release: EU and Canada strike free trade deal
The TTIP and regulatory cooperation
Indicators are emerging on how the EU and US may approach regulatory cooperation in their bilateral free trade talks with EU and US trade chiefs giving recent speeches. Regulations and standards are widely acknowledged to be the most complicated part of the talks.
Bridges Weekly: De Gucht Outlines EU Regulatory Ideas for Talks with Washington
Did you know?
United States remains in top place… The United States remained the largest foreign investor (stock of investment) in Australia as of 2012, closely followed by the United Kingdom with Japan taking third place.