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Trade Talk, 10 September 2015

Upcoming trade events

North Asia Free Trade Agreements Seminars: 18 Sep Kogarah NSW ǀ 22 Sep Cronulla NSW

Register to find out how you can take advantage of Australia's North Asia Free Trade Agreements. This interactive session will give you information on the practical benefits that your business could realise from Australia's FTAs with China, Japan and Korea.

Register: North Asia FTA information seminars

China e-Commerce Seminar Series: 11 Sept Wodonga ǀ 14 Sept Geelong

Register to learn from Australian and Chinese experts, online traders and buyer representatives from leading e-commerce marketplaces. This interactive seminar will help you learn how to develop an effective strategy to sell online in China.

Register: China e-Commerce Seminar Series 2015

Indonesia Australia Business Week 2015: 17-20 November Jakarta

Minister Robb is expected to lead an Australian trade and investment mission to Indonesia from 17 to 20 November. The mission aims to enhance bilateral relationships through high-level political and commercial exchanges, and promote Australia and Australian capability. Register interest by 16 October.

Register: Indonesia Australia Business Week 2015

Business Envoy: focus on services

Download your copy of Business Envoy now. Business Envoy is a bi-monthly online publication that connects DFAT with business. This month's edition features opportunities for Australian business in services, a guest contribution by Tim Harcourt on Chile, and an Ambassador's insights into Korea.

Australia announces $1.5m to empower women in the Indian Ocean's Blue Economy

In Perth for the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) dialogue this week, Minister Bishop announced a $1.5m contribution to build economic growth and women's empowerment. Australia is the current chair of IORA. IORA countries accounted for over 17% of Australia's total merchandise trade last year.

Launch of the Australia-ASEAN Council

Minister Bishop launched the Australia-ASEAN Council at Parliament House in Canberra this week. The Council's aim is to strengthen Australia's links with South-East Asia. The 10 member nations of ASEAN collectively represent 15% of Australia's total trade, with two-way trade valued at over $100b in 2014.

Visitors cruise into Darwin

Australia's cruise industry grew 13.4% during 2013-14 and contributed approximately $54m to the NT economy. A new report has revealed that shopping purchases, and food and drinks are the most popular items purchased by cruise ship tourists in Darwin. Cruise visitors to Darwin reported a 94% satisfaction rate.

APEC leading the way

Parl Sec Ciobo will lead a discussion with senior business leaders at the APEC Structural Reform Ministerial meeting this week in the Philippines. Mr Ciobo said "addressing barriers to services trade and investment will create new opportunities for Australian businesses". APEC is leading the way in promoting new private sector-led sources of growth.

Australia's latest export saving lives

The iconic Australian Nippers is a successful program that teaches Australian children how to save lives at the beach. The program is now being exported to New Zealand, Indonesia, Fiji, South Africa, India and most recently, Israel. This latest Australian export is the result of a visit to Israel by an Australian lifesaver.

The boy from Oz soars sky high

Australia's Hugh Jackman has been announced as the face of its national carrier QANTAS. Founded in 1920, QANTAS carries 47 million passengers each year and employs more than 30,000 people. In 2014 the number of international visitors to Australia increased 7.6% to 6.9m.

Did you know?

Australia's services trade with APEC countries was worth $76b in 2014, which represented 58.5% of Australia's total services trade.

**Correction**

Thank you to our attentive reader who picked up an error in last week's Did you know? The increase in Australia's exports of agricultural, forestry and fisheries products to Brazil increased to $42m (not $42b) in 2014 and beef exports were up 67% to $36m (not $36b).

Last Updated: 10 September 2015
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