Commercial diplomacy comes back home to Australia
Following a Global Heads of Mission recall to Canberra in September 2019, Australia’s top diplomats travelled to regional Australia to talk with Australian business people and share their insights on international commercial opportunities.
From Kingaroy to Karratha, Devonport to Darwin, over 100 of Australia’s ambassadors and high commissioners were treated to displays of Australian business ingenuity and insight. Our diplomats heard first hand experiences of trade success. They discussed how the government supports Australian businesses’ efforts overseas, including through free trade agreements and addressing non-tariff barriers.
In Northwest New South Wales, chickpea farmers hosted a visit by Australia’s High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Julia Niblett. Discussions centered on how the government might support the development of new chickpea markets in Bangladesh.
In Melbourne, the Australian Africa Chamber of Commerce hosted Australia’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (Arthur Spyrou), High Commissioners to Ghana (Andrew Barnes), Mauritius (Jenny Dee) and Nigeria (Claire Ireland) to speak at a panel event to highlight opportunities Africa and the Middle East hold for Australian business.
In Northam, Western Australia, Australia’s Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, Julianne Cowley met local farmers and grain growers’ cooperative CBH Group to discuss market opportunities. She pointed out the diverse possible destinations for Australia’s premium grain including flour, malt for Vietnam’s strong domestic beer market, the huge instant noodle market, as well as Vietnam’s famous Banh Mi rolls.
The Australian Government is seeking to open markets and expand opportunities for greater trade and investment for Australian businesses. More exports and investment delivers more opportunities which can translate into new growth and more jobs, including in rural Australia.