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Introduction - support for Australian businesses and communities

Welcome to business envoy — a quarterly publication by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade connecting Australian business to insights from the Australian Government’s global diplomatic network.

Australians have experienced unprecedented events since late 2019. We are recovering from the impact of the bushfire season and are currently in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. The Australian Government is working hard to make sure Australians are safe and secure during the crisis, as well as to support adversely affected Australian businesses and communities.

This edition takes a closer look at the free trade agreements that will help Australian businesses remain resilient and recover once the COVID-19 crisis passes. Australia’s expanding network of free trade agreements is delivering a greater range of long-term trade and investment opportunities for Australian businesses. This network includes two new trade deals with Hong Kong and Peru which entered into force this year. A third, with Indonesia, will enter into force sixty days after Indonesia completes its ratification processes.

We trust you will find this edition informative and extend thanks to all contributors to this edition.

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