Delivery of digital seminars boosting awareness and use of free trade agreements
Austrade and DFAT have delivered more than 130 seminars across the nation since 2015 to boost awareness and use of free trade agreements. Most of these seminars were delivered in regional Australia – in places such as Kununurra, Mount Isa and Smithton.
Earlier this year Austrade and DFAT began delivering a series of digital seminars in response to COVID-19 health restrictions. These digital seminars remain focused on raising business awareness and use of our expanding network of free trade agreements and have covered themes helpful to businesses who are grappling with significant challenges in the wake of COVID-19.
During opening remarks at the first digital seminar held in late May, the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham said: “We have 13 Free Trade Agreements in place, and with the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement set to come into force on 5 July, our businesses have access to significant markets offering preferential tariffs and growing opportunities.”
The Minister added: “With one in five jobs trade-related, enhancing export opportunities for our farmers and businesses will be crucial to reducing job losses arising from the COVID-19 crisis and a critical part of our ultimate economic recovery.”
Future digital seminars will feature a range of trade experts, including from Austrade and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and address such topics as free trade agreement negotiations with the United Kingdom and European Union.
For more information on these digital seminars, including registration arrangements, go to: www.austrade.gov.au/australian/export/free-trade-agreements/seminars/ftaseminars