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Trade Talk, 13 March 2015

Celebrating International Women's Day

Australia and World Bank enhance women's economic empowerment in South East Asia

Australia and the World Bank will work together in a new partnership to enhance women's economic empowerment in South East Asia over the next four years. The partnership will focus on increasing women's economic opportunities through the creation of a South East Asia Gender Lab.

FM Media Release: Improving economic opportunities for women in South East Asia

Empowering women and girls achieves higher economic growth

The empowerment of women is one of the most effective ways to achieve higher economic growth. A New DFAT publication, Empowering Women, showcases the achievements of international women leaders including Sitti Chihabiddine, who runs the only female-led export business in the Comoro Islands.

DFAT Publication: Empowering Women: Australia's support for gender equality and the empowerment of women

How the G20 can help women enter the global economy

At the Brisbane Summit, G20 members committed to reduce the gap between male and female labour participation by 25% by 2025. Lowy argues that the G20 can further help women enter the workforce by considering the gender implications of global issues and drawing attention to discrepancies.

Lowy Interpreter: The G20 can help women enter the global economy

Australian researchers help produce world-first 3D printed jet engine

Researchers from Monash University have collaborated with French aerospace group Safran to produce the world's first 3D printed jet engine. The CSIRO, Deakin and Monash Universities are leading initiatives to develop 3D printing and put Australia at the forefront of the global aerospace industry.

Austrade News: Australia showcases world-first 3D printed jet engine

Mexico's economic reforms to provide opportunity for Australian business

Mexico is undergoing significant reforms that will open up strong export and investment opportunities for Australian businesses, writes Austrade Trade Commissioner for Mexico, Chris Rodwell. The OECD forecasts that these reforms will provide Mexico with an additional 1% growth per year for the next 10 years.

Austrade News: Mexico and Australia: A new era for natural partners

Australia's exports in January fuelled by resources growth

Australia's exports rose 1.3% in January (seasonally adjusted), following a 1.2% rise in December 2014. Resource exports were a standout, growing by 2.3% in January. "The increase in resource exports reflects the unprecedented investment in the resources sector that we have seen recently" said Minister Robb.

TIM Media Release: Australia's exports continue to expand

Productivity Commission to review barriers to growth in Australian services exports

The Treasurer and Trade Minister Robb have announced a Productivity Commission review that aims to boost Australia's services exports. The review's findings will be considered in the context of how we can boost services exports, helping to grow the economy, increase jobs and support our economic future.

Joint TIM & T Media Release: Productivity Commission review into barriers to growth in Australian services exports

Trading away from conflict

Trade, if managed correctly, could reduce violence in fragile states, according to a new study. Key policy recommendations that might improve stability in fragile states are to increase government accountability, protect real incomes, promote labour-intensive exports and strengthen regional trade relations.

Brookings Institute: Trading away from conflict

Did you know?

There are more men called Peter chairing or leading ASX 200 companies than women according to Women's Agenda. The Australian Government is working hard to highlight the benefits of female economic participation, including through Australia's Ambassador for Women and Girls, Natasha Stott Despoja.

Last Updated: 13 March 2015
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