Trade Talk, 10 March 2016
Free Trade Agreement training provider grants
Minister Ciobo has announced that 14 Australian organisations have received grants, worth over $1.3m, to deliver training projects focused on building SME knowledge about our North Asia FTAs. These training activities will assist SMEs understand the benefits of the FTAs and how to utilise them. A further round of grants applications will open mid-2016.
New look business envoy launches with a focus on Iran
The latest edition of business envoy turns the spotlight on trade opportunities with Iran after the lifting of a range of sanctions. The publication also outlines DFAT's trade and investment priorities for the year; an analysis of Australia's FTAs with Japan and Korea's one year on and a beneficial WTO agreement for Australian farmers.
Inaugural Australia United States Business Week
Minister Ciobo was in the United States last month leading over 200 Australian business delegates for the inaugural Australia United States Business Week 2016 (AUSBW 16). AUSBW 16 allowed delegates to directly inform US investors and potential collaborators about the opportunities in Australia as well as learn more about the US market.
Export innovation in action
Efic's export innovation page provides creative and innovative solutions for SMEs about how their businesses can leverage export opportunities. Download the white paper, Innovation in Exports, which examines six ways SME exporters are driving growth and reaching new markets through innovation.
Germination in Australia's grain industry
ANZ has released a research paper, The Grains Muster, which discusses the importance of agribusiness in Australia's economy and our need to recapture the romance of our farming past. To achieve this, we must embrace innovation, capitalise on the immense Asian opportunity and work together across sectors to see further elevation of agriculture as an essential economic driver.
Tourism Australia remains at the forefront of destination marketing
Senator Colbeck has congratulated Tourism Australia for winning the Destination Marketing Award, for the fourth year running, at Routes Asia in Manila. The award recognises Tourism Australia's outstanding destination marketing activities and joint cooperative campaigns with over 200 industry partnerships.
Chinese comedian gives wine producers massive boost in export sales
The ABC reports that Chinese comedian Guo Degang plans to export 800,000 bottles of his own private label wines, made in Victoria, to the Chinese market. This is expected to significantly boost Victorian wine exports with the initial shipment of 15,000 bottles selling out in one hour. Geelong Mayor Darryn Lyons hopes that Mr Guo's venture will also lead to a tourism boost for the region.
Did you know…
Did you know in 2015, the top three export destinations for Australian wine by volume were the United Kingdom, United States and China, with almost 479 million litres between them. That's the equivalent of around 638 million standard bottles of wine.
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North Asia Free Trade Agreements Information Seminars: VIC | NSW
21 March | 22 March | 23 March | 31 March 2016
If you are a current or prospective exporter don't miss these free, interactive sessions which explain practical benefits your business could realise from Australia's historic FTAs with three of our largest export markets – China, Japan and Korea. Visit Austrade's website for registration, further details and future seminar dates.
Australia Week in China 2016
11-15 April 2016
Australia Week in China 2016 will consist of trade, investment, education and tourism promotion events designed to highlight the commercial opportunities available in China. The program will feature trade and investment seminars, roundtables, site visits, product showcases and networking opportunities with Chinese business, industry and government.