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Government needs to back up the Foreign Policy White Paper’s talk with action

2017-11-23T00:00:00

‘The Foreign Policy White Paper says all the right things’ said Export Council of Australia (ECA) CEO Lisa McAuley. ‘But the value of the paper will be determined by whether they’re put into action. ‘We endorse the five objectives the government announced in the White Paper. Australia’s future prosperity depends on a prosperous and secure region, its citizens remaining safe, secure and free, emphatically rejecting protectionism, growing international opportunities for its businesses and an international system governed by rules.

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TPP-11 moves forward under a new agreement to be known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

2017-11-13T00:00:00

The Export Council of Australia (ECA) is pleased to see the revitalised eleven-country Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership has progressed further with the recent announcement in Da Nang, Vietnam.

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Australia to Host a Unique New Aid for Trade Program to Assist Women Entrepreneurs

2017-11-13T00:00:00

The Export Council of Australia (ECA), in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Australia Awards, are hosting a delegation of female small business owners from across the Pacific in Australia from 12-24 November.

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Peru-Australia FTA builds momentum towards broader agreements

2017-11-10T00:00:00

‘We welcome the news that Australia has concluded its FTA negotiations with Peru,’ said Lisa McAuley, CEO of the Export Council of Australia (ECA). ‘The ECA supports the principle of expanding Australia’s FTA network by entering into high quality agreements,’ Ms McAuley said. ‘While multilateral agreements are best, and multi-country agreements such as the TPP are second-best, there can also be value in bilateral deals with countries like Peru.’ 

PAFTA OUTCOMES

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The Future of Australia's Trade: A Digital Vision for 2025

2017-11-02T00:00:00

Leading industry associations the Export Council of Australia (ECA) and the Australian Digital Commerce Association (ADCA), alongside KPMG, have today released a paper calling for the Australian Government and industry to come together to plan for a digitally-enabled trading future.

THE FUTURE OF AUSTRALIA'S TRADE

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ECA welcomes policies to grow exports to the region

2017-10-30T00:00:00

The Export Council of Australia (ECA) welcomes Jason Clare’s speech ‘Trade in an Asian Century and the Age of Trump’. Non-tariff measures—regulations other than tariffs that restrict trade (like customs processes, product registration or professional licences)—are a growing burden on Australian exporters. ‘As Australia’s FTA network grows, and the burden of tariffs ease, more Australian exporters are being challenged by non-tariff measures,’ said ECA CEO Lisa McAuley.

 

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Winners Announced: 2017 Western Australian Industry and Export Awards

2017-10-27T00:00:00

Leading industry and export businesses have been announced at the Western Australian Industry & Export Awards, which were held at the Hyatt Regency, Perth last night (Thursday 26 October 2017). Epichem has taken out the top prize of the evening – the Western Australian Exporter of the Year Award – as well as the Health and Biotechnology award. 

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NSW Export Champions Announced

2017-10-26T00:00:00

Leading export businesses have been announced at the 2017 Premier’s NSW Export Awards, which were held at the Star last night (Wednesday 25 October 2017). Soprano Design has taken out the top prize of the evening – the Premier’s NSW Exporter of the Year Award – as well as the Digital Technologies award.

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Queensland exporters acknowledged as export champions

2017-10-19T00:00:00

Leading export businesses have been announced at the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards, which were held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre tonight (Thursday 19 October 2017).

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Leveraging Alibaba for Small Business

2017-10-19T00:00:00

Selling online gives businesses access to a whole world of new customers without many of the challenges, risks and expenses that often come with establishing a physical presence in a new market. To harness this opportunity, it is imperative that small businesses invest upfront in developing and equipping themselves with the necessary knowledge and skills to make informed business decisions.

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The cloudy contours of tomorrow’s Australia-UK relationship

2017-10-13T00:00:00

The future contours of the Australia-United Kingdom trade relationship are cloudier now than at any point during the post-Brexit referendum period, making it exceedingly difficult for businesses to plan for our future relationship.

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2017 Premier's NSW Export Awards Finalists Announced

2017-09-21T00:00:00

The Export Council of Australia (ECA) would like to congratulate the finalists announced for the 2017 NSW Premier’s Export Awards. As exporters from across the state compete for 12 industry categories & 7 state categories, the program celebrates business excellence in international trade.

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2017 Western Australian Industry and Export Awards Finalists Announced

2017-09-25T00:00:00

The Export Council of Australia would like to congratulate those businesses nominated as finalists for the 2017 Western Australian Industry & Export Awards. The Premier of Western Australia, the Hon. Mark McGowan MLA, announced the finalists vying to be recognised for their excellence and contribution to the state, across 15 Export and 4 Industry award categories.

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Premier of Queensland's Export Award Finalists Announced

2017-09-08T00:00:00

The Export Council of Australia would like to congratulate the finalists announced for the 2017 Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards. As exporters from across the state compete for 12 industry categories the program celebrates business excellence in international trade.

“The QLD Export Awards are about rewarding businesses that have shown a commitment and determination to grow their global business and who, against adversity, seek new innovative ways to compete on the international stage,” said Lisa McAuley, CEO of the Export Council of Australia (ECA). 

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Don’t let Buy Queensland sell Australia short

2017-08-04T00:00:00

“Any ‘Buy Queensland’ policies must be consistent with Australia’s international trade commitments,” said Lisa McAuley, CEO of the Export Council of Australia (ECA). “Otherwise they will undermine Australia’s international credibility and risk retaliation.”

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Clarification: ECA position on Home Affairs portfolio

2017-08-01T00:00:00

The Export Council of Australia (ECA) clarifies it is not calling on the government to move policy responsibility for customs and visas to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, but for this to be considered as an option.

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There’s more to customs and visa policies than security

2017-07-18T00:00:00

‘Facilitating the smooth flow of goods and people is critically important for Australia’s international competitiveness’ said Lisa McAuley, CEO of the Export Council of Australia (ECA). ‘We need to ensure they are seen from an economic perspective, not just through a security prism.’

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ECA congratulates Australian Customs and Border Protection Service on the recent signing of a Mutual Recognition Agreement with the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department

2017-07-11T00:00:00

The Agreement means Australian exporters will benefit from new trade facilitation measures, such as reduced examination requirements and prioritised clearance, in Hong Kong.

“The signing of the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) is an important commitment for Australia and Hong Kong to co-operate on important economic and trade issues,” says Export Council of Australia (ECA) CEO Lisa McAuley. “This will improve trade-related opportunities between our two economies by addressing regulatory reform and easing trade facilitation for Australian companies moving goods through Hong Kong.”

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ECA welcomes Australia joining New Zealand with announcement of Pacific Alliance Free Trade Agreement negotiations

2017-07-03T00:00:00

The Export Council of Australia (ECA) welcomes the announcement of Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations with the Pacific Alliance, announced on Saturday by Minster for Trade, Tourism and Investment the Hon Steven Ciobo MP. “We are pleased that the government is seeking new opportunities for Australian companies in Latin America by enhancing and reinforcing Australia’s market access in Mexico, Peru, Colombia and Chile,” says ECA CEO Lisa McAuley.

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Support for Trade Should Not Breed Complacency

2017-06-21T00:00:00

The Export Council of Australia (ECA) welcomes the release of the 2017 Lowy Institute Poll.

‘There are a lot of positives to take away from this poll’ said Lisa McAuley, CEO of the ECA. ‘But it also highlights that the government and business leaders cannot take public support for granted.’

Australians expressed support for globalisation in record numbers, with 78 per cent saying it was mostly good for Australia. And two out of three Australians recognised that free trade benefited their standard of living and the Australian economy overall.

 

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