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Feasibility study on strengthening trade and investment with Israel
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is undertaking a feasibility study on how best to strengthen trade and investment with Israel, including possibly through a Free Trade Agreement. The feasibility study will be completed by 30 June 2021.
DFAT invites submissions from interested businesses, groups and individuals. Submissions close on Friday 30 April 2021.
Feasibility study on strengthening trade and investment with European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is undertaking a feasibility study on how best to strengthen trade and investment with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), including possibly through a Free Trade Agreement. The members of EFTA are Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein. The feasibility study will be completed by 30 June 2021.
DFAT invites submissions from interested businesses, groups and individuals. Submissions close on Friday 21 May 2021.
Expressions of Interest: Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) Roster of Panel Chairs
The Australian Government is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified individuals to be considered for nomination to the roster of panel chairs pursuant to the dispute settlement chapter of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
Under the CPTPP dispute settlement chapter panellists must:
- have expertise or experience in law, international trade, other matters covered by the CPTPP or the resolution of disputes arising under international trade agreements
- be chosen strictly on the basis of objectivity, reliability and sound judgement
- be independent of, and not affiliated with or take instructions from any CPTPP Party, and
- comply with the Code of Conduct1 [PDF] in the Rules of Procedure2 [PDF].
Suitably qualified individuals wishing to be considered for nomination to the CPTPP roster of panel chairs, should complete the attached template CV [DOCX] and email it, together with an expression of interest of no more than 200 words, to Trade.Law@dfat.gov.au by 1700 AEDT Monday 11 March 2019.
Individuals deemed suitable for nomination will be subject to a vetting process prior to nomination. Nomination does not guarantee appointment to the CPTPP roster of panel chairs.
AUSFTA Joint Committee Meeting - Call for Submissions
The Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA) is one of Australia's longest-running and most comprehensive Free Trade Agreements. It underpins the trade and investment relationship between Australia and the United States, which is by far the largest investor in Australia and one of Australia's largest bilateral trading partners.
AUSFTA contains provisions for a Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) to be held between the Australian and United States governments. At the last JCM in December 2017, both Australia and the United States reaffirmed the importance of AUSFTA as a key pillar of the strong and multifaceted partnership between Australia and the United States.
DFAT invites submissions from stakeholders for a JCM to be held between Australian and US Government officials in February 2019.
What is the role of a JCM?
JCMs are the key governance mechanism of AUSFTA, and are convened regularly as an opportunity to take stock of the Agreement. JCMs allow the Australian and United States Governments to jointly review the operation of the Agreement and identify ways to further strengthen our trade relationship. These meetings allow both countries to conduct a 'health check' of the FTA.
Opening markets for Australian businesses and consumers is a critical objective for the Australian Government. The Government wishes to ensure Australian interests are advanced under AUSFTA and that Australian business are kept up to date on the opportunities the Agreement provides. Reviewing AUSFTA's operation helps ensure that the Agreement continues to reflect the changing trade and economic landscape affecting both countries and globally and to provide opportunities for Australian business.
DFAT invites submissions as part of our preparations for the upcoming JCM. We are particularly interested in feedback on specific AUSFTA issues and/or the general functioning of the Agreement. Responses can be emailed to email@example.com by close of business Friday 18 January 2019.
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DFAT's role in trade and investment
DFAT's role in trade and investment includes leading the implementation of Australia's economic diplomacy agenda to boost our global economic interests through four key pillars–trade, growth, investment and business.
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Reporting non-tariff measures
Australian exporters and other domestic stakeholders are encouraged to report other countries' non-tariff measures.
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Professional Services and Mutual Recognition Unit
The Professional Services and Mutual Recognition Unit supports the internationalisation of Australia’s professional services sector by helping industry associations and regulators make it easier for professionals to practise overseas.
The Professional Services and Mutual Recognition Unit can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on +61 2 6261 1111.
DFAT is committed to delivering strong support for Australian business, working closely with portfolio partners–Austrade, Tourism Australia, ACIAR, EFIC–and other agencies. Australian businesses can contact DFAT through email@example.com.