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Backing Australian exporters to go global

2020-09-10T00:00:00

The Morrison Government is backing Australian businesses to grow their exports and create jobs through reforms to the Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme, after an independent review of financial assistance for small and medium enterprise exporters.

The EMDG scheme is a key Government financial assistance program to help aspiring and current exporters increase their marketing and promotional activities in international markets. Last year alone over 4000 Small and Medium Enterprises accessed the EMDG scheme, employing almost 69,000 Australians and generating exports worth $3.7 billion

Federal Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said better assisting Australian exporters to enter new markets or expand their presence in existing markets would be critical to boosting export activityand supporting Australia’s economic recovery from COVID-19.

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Lanzamiento de la Encuesta Global de Resiliencia en Cadenas Globales de Suministro en APEC

2020-08-03T00:00:00

En momentos en que la economía mundial enfrenta múltiples interrupciones, incluido el lento crecimiento económico, desastres naturales, y más recientemente la pandemia del COVID-19, las cadenas globales de valor (CGVs), y las cadenas de suministro en general, están experimentando una rápida transformación.

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APEC Global Supply Chains Resiliency Survey Launched

2020-08-03T00:00:00

With the world economy facing multiple disruptions, including slow economic growth, natural disasters, and more recently the COVID-19 pandemic, global value chains (GVCs), and supply chains more broadly, are transforming rapidly. While past decades fostered an expansion and enlargement of global supply chains more recently some have also shortened and become more localised, a trend which is likely to increase in the coming years as Multinationals (MNCs) and Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) reconfigure their operations due to the pandemic and the resulting escalated adoption of digital technologies. 

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Australia-UK Free Trade Agreement negotiations kick-off

2020-06-18T00:00:00

Australia and the United Kingdom have today announced the commencement of negotiations on a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA), which will start a new chapter in the economic relationship and help to boost export flows between our two nations.

Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said Australia was ready to help the UK find new beginnings post Brexit and in doing so, open up new doors for our farmers, businesses, and investors.

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Enhanced transparency for free trade agreement negotiations

2020-06-17T00:00:00

The Morrison Government has today announced it will establish a Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) to help inform the Government’s ongoing free trade agreement (FTA) agenda.

Federal Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said the MAC would form an important part of the Morrison Government’s commitment to enhancing transparency around FTA negotiations.

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STATEMENT: GTPA RECOGNISES NATIONAL RECONCILIATION WEEK AND THE NEED FOR INCLUSIVE TRADE INITIATIVES

2020-06-03T00:00:00

As Australia celebrates National Reconciliation Week, the Global Trade Professionals Alliance (GTPA) recognises the contribution Indigenous Australians have made to Australia’s culture, identity and achievements.

Reconciliation is about a mutual strengthening of relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians to create a more just, equitable and reconciled Australia. Trade and commerce play an integral role in this.

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GTPA and IIT stands ready to collaborate with APEC

2020-05-18T00:00:00

The Global Trade Professionals Alliance (GTPA) and International Trade of the University of Adelaide (IIT) commends and shares the course of action delineated in the Statement on COVID-19 by APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade issued in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 05 May 2020.

Lisa McAuley, CEO of the GTPA said “in these challenging times, international leadership and cooperation are not only crucial but also a manifestation of the significance of economic integration regional projects like the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).”

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RENEWED EFFORTS FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

2020-05-13T00:00:00

Opinion of:

Lisa McAuley, CEO of GTPA
Dr Tomás Quesada, VP for Research and Policy of GTPA

The benefits of integrated economies have been visible in the handling of the pandemic itself

The world’s economy is facing its hardest prospect since the Great Depression. The International Monetary Fund projects a sharp contraction of the global economy of -3 percent for 2020. Global trade has been particularly affected due to supply chains disruptions, a fall in domestic consumption and investment, a reduction in the number of working hours, and the imposition of non-tariff barriers by governments. Protectionist measures already evident before the virus outbreak have now exacerbated. According to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), global trade is expected to fall by between 13% and 32% in 2020, and it is likely to fall harder in sectors with complex value chains.

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UNLOCKING INCLUSION AND PARTNERSHIPS IN GLOBAL TRADE

2020-04-29T00:00:00

Opinion of:

Lisa McAuley, CEO of GTPA

Dr Tomás Quesada, VP for Research and Policy of GTPA

No one business, and certainly no MSME, needs to navigate these rather stormy waters alone

As these lines are being written, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) around the world are closing their operations. No one business, and certainly no MSME, needs to navigate these rather stormy waters alone.While the global business landscape is changing quite rapidly, we are confident that the global business environment will eventually stabilise. In the meantime, businesses’ capacity to survive will depend on their ability to innovate the ways in which they communicate, manage their business, and engage customers.

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New air freight network to boost agricultural and fisheries exports

2020-04-23T00:00:00

A new network of 15 air freight service providers and freight forwarders has been established by the Morrison-McCormack Government to accelerate delivery of agricultural and fisheries exports into key overseas markets.

In the first three weeks of its operation, over 560 Australian businesses have registered their interest in utilising the International Freight Assistance Mechanism and agreements for 55 freight flights have already been secured.

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African Trade Finance: Mind the technology gap

2020-04-20T00:00:00

Plugging the gap from above

Africa is uniquely placed to trade with growing markets in the East, established markets in the West, and domestic markets on her own continent. In order to benefit from the ensuing economic advantages, the continent’s financial institutions have started to tackle the unmet demand of Africa’s trade finance gap, currently estimated at US$120 billion by the African Development Bank (AfDB).

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First flight takes off under $110 million freight assistance initiative

2020-04-09T00:00:00

Premium quality Australian seafood will soon be on the plates of thousands of overseas consumers, with the Morrison-McCormack Government helping to secure a critical freight export route under its $110 million International Freight Assistance Mechanism.

In the first partnership struck under the new initiative that was announced last week, Australian seafood producer Tassal will today, commence twice-weekly flights packed full of premium seafood into the Taiwanese market.

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Summary of Government Assistance to Businesses

2020-04-07T00:00:00

Business Support Fund

The $500 million Business Support Fund will support Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) within the hardest hit sectors, including hospitality, tourism, accommodation, arts and entertainment, and retail. Eligible businesses can apply for a one-off $10,000 grant which can be used towards costs such as utilities, rent and salaries, and activities to support business continuity planning. Apply now.

Working for Victoria Fund

Under the $500 million Working for Victoria Fund, displaced workers will be eligible to apply for different types of work. This presents opportunities for paid work and a chance to contribute to Victoria’s ability to manage this event and support the community.

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Funding boost to support Australian exporters and tourism businesses

2020-04-01T00:00:00

The Morrison Government will inject an extra $49.8 million into the Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) program in the 2019-20 financial year, allowing exporters and tourism businesses to get additional reimbursements for costs incurred in marketing their products and services around the world.

Federal Trade and Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham said today’s funding boost would provide much needed relief and a timely cash flow injection for exporters and tourism businesses within the scheme who were doing it tough.

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Establishment of interim appeal arrangement for trade disputes

2020-03-30T00:00:00

Australia and 15 other members of the World Trade Organization have agreed to establish an interim arrangement to bring appeals and solve trade disputes.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham said the interim arrangement would allow appeals on trade disputes to be heard at a time when the formal appeals process of the WTO dispute settlement system was unable to function.

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JOINT MINISTERIAL STATEMENT BY AUSTRALIA, BRUNEI DARUSSALAM, CANADA, CHILE, THE REPUBLIC OF THE UNION OF MYANMAR, NEW ZEALAND AND SINGAPORE

2020-03-25T00:00:00

The COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis. As part of our collective response to combat COVID-19, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, New Zealand and Singapore are committed to maintaining open and connected supply chains. We will also work closely to identify and address trade disruptions with ramifications on the flow of necessities.

We recognise that it is in our mutual interest to ensure that trade lines remain open, including via air and sea freight, to facilitate the flow of goods including essential supplies.

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Australia and Singapore enhance digital trade ties

2020-03-23T00:00:00

Australia and Singapore have today concluded negotiations on a landmark Digital Economy Agreement that will further boost trade opportunities with our largest two-way trading partner in South-East Asia.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham said that although the current circumstances were placing immense pressure on trade-exposed businesses, the Agreement would ultimately help to expand the scope of our economic engagement with Singapore and provide new opportunities for businesses and consumers operating in the digital economy.

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Australia’s free trade deal with Peru kicks-off

2020-02-12T00:00:00

New export opportunities for Australian farmers and businesses will begin to flow from today with Australia’s free trade deal with Peru entering into force.

Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said the Peru-Australia Free Tarde Agreement (PAFTA) would open new doors for a range of Australian exporters with the elimination of more than 99 per cent of tariffs within five years.

“This trade deal will provide new export opportunities for Australian farmers, businesses and services providers including in mining and education,” Minister Birmingham said.

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Coronavirus outbreak a timely test for supply chain resilience and the need for adaptive leadership skills

2020-02-10T00:00:00

Opinion by Niels Strazdins, Head of Global Trade Policy & Europe Director at Global Trade Professionals

The 2020 coronavirus outbreak in China has been declared a global health emergency and concern is growing over its potential to become a pandemic. With over 600 fatalities to-date, the scale of the human tragedy cannot be ignored and is increasing by day.

Beyond its tragic human impact on the residents of Hubei province, China more broadly, and the rest of world, the outbreak’s economic consequences are also mounting.

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More tariff cuts under Australia’s free trade deals

2020-01-02T00:00:00

Australian farmers and businesses will continue to reap the benefits of our free trade agreements with new tariff cuts kicking-off today in our major export markets.

Federal Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said the latest round of tariff cuts under our trade agreements with China and South Korea as well as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP-11) would build on the huge benefits these major agreements have already delivered for our economy.

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