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Trade Talk, 27 August 2015

Upcoming trade events

North Asia Free Trade Agreements Seminars: 26 Aug North Lakes | 2 Sep Parramatta

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

China e-Commerce Seminar Series | 31 Aug Hobart

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.

Minister Robb to visit Asia

Minister Robb is in Malaysia and China this week to pursue opportunities created by the China-Australia FTA (ChAFTA) and progress RCEP. Mr Robb will lead a delegation of 30 business leaders and will build on the Australia-China Strategic Economic Dialogue held in Canberra earlier this month.

An Australian world view – trade and the domestic economy

DFAT's Secretary Peter Varghese provided an insight into key themes in Australia's foreign policy at the Lowy Institute last week. Mr Varghese highlighted the link between the domestic economy and success in trade, noting the importance of productivity and competitiveness.

Tourism Australia partners with Alibaba

Tourism Australia and Alibaba have signed a landmark three-year agreement, which will help Tourism Australia and its state and territory partners to target the booming Chinese market. China is Australia's highest value market with total expenditure growing 25% for the year ending March 2015.

Winning tourism campaign

Tourism Australia has won awards for two recent campaigns in India, "Wonders Down Under" and "Who Deserves a Break in Oz?". The campaigns build on the buzz created by the Indian cricket team's visit to Australia earlier this year. Arrivals from India grew 42% in the first three months of 2015.

Export Testing Industry User Guide

Australia's National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) has published a guide to assist businesses determine what technical product or testing is required for different export markets. It includes common questions around testing and advice on how to get the best out of the NATA accreditation system.

Rural confidence at four year high

A survey of Australian farmers has shown that rural confidence is high. Despite drought in Queensland, record beef prices, accompanied by record beef exports to the United States, and strong returns have improved farmer sentiment. Currency issues and initiatives such as the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, have contributed to positivity.

Submit your photo and win

Do you live and work in the Asia-Pacific? Does trade excite you? Submit your photo capturing how trade is reflected in your life and the daily lives of people around the region.

Did you know?

Did you know that last financial year Australia imported over 200,000 cricket bats from India, worth around $6m. India was the largest source of cricket bats during this period with 85% of Australia's import market share.

Last Updated: 27 August 2015
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