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Australia-Japan Symposium on sustainable SME trade expansion

Sector: Economic Diplomacy, Trade, Business

Country location: Australia, Japan

Grantee: Queensland University of Technology


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Australia-Japan Symposium on sustainable SME trade expansion. Credit: QUT Media.


Project description

Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) is an important bilateral free trade agreement aimed at expanding trade and investment in a mutually beneficial manner. While a laudable goal by governments, to be successful, it needs the active participation of firms within the countries to realise the benefits. In particular, greater participation by Small to Medium Sized Enterprise (SMEs) as they represent the backbone of both the Australian and Japanese economies. Therefore, there is an urgent need to increase the number of SMEs tapping into overseas markets.

The aim of the proposed the Symposium to be held in Brisbane, Australia at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is to provide a forum for trade facilitators, future business leaders and (SME) owners and managers, academics from Australia and Japan to come together to learn and share experiences about effective means of doing business in each other's countries in a sustainable (long-lived) manner.

Key dates:

  • 23/11/2018, Brisbane, Australia - QUT Gardens Point Campus, 22/08/2018 to 28/06/2019

Social media: #AJF2019

Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $15,000

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