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Global insights: Dispatches from Australia's global diplomatic network

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From Tokyo: market insights update

The Australia-Japan relationship continues to support Australia’s prosperity through trade, investment and broader cooperation. The Australian Embassy’s Economic and Commercial Diplomacy strategy is focused on Australia and Japan’s Special Strategic Partnership.

The Embassy has worked closely with business and research organisations to promote bilateral engagement on hydrogen and advocate Australia’s policy approach. This included raising awareness of Australia’s potential through introducing Australian companies to Japanese hydrogen partners.

The Embassy also aims to achieve a gender balance across speakers and guests at economic diplomacy events and has hosted targeted activities to promote gender diversity. The Embassy hosted two “Resourceful Women” lunches and is currently facilitating a visit to Australia by 100 female business leaders of the Japanese Women’s Innovative Network.

From Vienna: market insights update

With a population less than half Australia’s at 8.9 million, Austria is a stable and wealthy economy with well-developed infrastructure, stable regulatory frameworks, co-operative labour relations. It is strategically located as a hub to South East and Eastern Europe.

Foreign direct investment in high-tech, capital-intensive industries, and research and development are encouraged. Australian investment in Austria includes Cochlear, IFM Investors (major shareholders in Vienna airport), Macquarie Capital and European Lithium.

Market Insights help Australian businesses better understand and navigate international markets. Drawn from the deep reservoirs of expertise among our diplomats and officials, these insights provide business with a further source of analysis to help evaluate potential overseas markets.

You can learn more about trade and investment opportunities at Market Insights on the DFAT website.

From Jakarta: Release of Stronger Education Partnerships Report

The Australian Department of Education commissioned a report from the Australia-Indonesia Centre to explore opportunities and barriers facing Australian education and training providers seeking to establish or expand their presence in Indonesia.

The report Stronger education partnerships: opportunities for Australian education and training providers in Indonesia includes case studies of Australian providers delivering Australian education and training in the school, vocational education and training, higher education, English language training and education technology sectors in Indonesia.

The report is available at the Australia-Indonesia Centre website.

From London: Space Bridge - more space for collaboration

The Australian and United Kingdom space agencies have agreed to negotiate a ‘Space Bridge’, which will lay the foundations for future space-related trade, investment and research opportunities.

The Space Bridge is an idea borne out of the highly successful FinTech Bridge already in existence between Australia and the UK. It will combine the efforts of the Australian Space Agency, the UK Space Agency, Austrade and the UK Department for International Trade.

The Australia-UK Space Bridge Framework Agreement is expected to be finalised by mid.2020. It will open new opportunities for Australian businesses, increase the UK’s share of the global space industry and unlock greater collaboration between governments, regulators and industry.

From Washington: Australia leads in Global Economic Impact of Pesticide MRLs

US agriculture groups highlighted Australia’s approach to pesticide maximum residue levels (MRLs) as a model others should emulate in a 29 October US International Trade Commission (USITC) hearing on the impact of pesticide MRL policies on international agricultural trade.

USITC Chair Johanson asked if the groups’ positive experience with Australia might be related to Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement and whether the investigation should look at any relationship between MRLs and free trade agreements. The groups said work with Australia was smooth because of Australia’s reliance on sound science. The Northwest Horticultural Council also referenced collaborative efforts where industry and government stakeholders in both countries work to understand each other’s systems, including through visits.

From Malta: Australian supermodel sparkles with contagious energy

Australian model, Madeline Stuart, is a worldwide phenomenon. The professional model with Down Syndrome was brought to the beautiful island of Malta as guest of honour at the Unici in Passarella (Unique on the Catwalk). The Australian High Commissioner to Malta was very pleased to attend this special event and see some outstanding work from Madeline, clothed by Italian fashion designer Mr Riccardo Aldighieri.

In its second year, Unici provides a platform for integration, inclusiveness and diversity where people with varying abilities are welcomed to stand out under a completely new guise. The exclusive event featured models who paraded the catwalk at the Magazino Hall, a fabulous venue dating from 1727, which sits just below the bastions of Valletta. Proceeds from the event supported the Down Syndrome Organisation, Malta.

Madeline has modelled on runways around the world and is constantly on the road. Her favourite place to model is at New York Fashion Week, but includes London, Paris, Dubai and trips to Russia and China on her list. A career highlight was her appearance in Australian Vogue.

Photo of Madeline Stuart at a photoshoot. Madeline is standing on the top of a hill, with arms stretched out wide, and a city in the background.
Madeline Stuart. Credit: DFAT.
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