Message from the desk of the Australian Trade and Investment in Singapore ......
2018 has started with a BANG!
Since January, the Singapore office had been involved in a series of activities and events. From a visit by the Hon Christopher Pyne, MP, Minister for Defence Industry, a trade delegation by SproutX (Australia’s leading agtech accelerator as part of the Landing Pad program) to the launch of a food and agribusiness campaign – Taste Australia. The team had also been heavily involved in providing more opportunities for Australian exporters to build their business through major events such as Singapore Airshow 2018, Asia Pacific Maritime (APM) 2018 and Money 20/20. Austrade also supported the participation of 38 Australian universities at the Asia-Pacific Association for International Education 2018 (APAIE) Conference in Singapore to explore transnational education partnerships with global tertiary institutions. Under the Study in Australia brand promotion, the Singapore office engaged with over 1,200 students across the junior colleges and has supported study visits and internships by Singaporean students to Sydney and Melbourne, in partnership with State Governments. By the end of March 2018, the Singapore team had assisted more than 300 Australian exhibitors/visitors in the market.
Meanwhile, Sydney hosted the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit 2018 in March, the first time Australia has hosted a summit with ASEAN countries. The business elements of the summit helped to support the Australian businesses with the know-how and connections needed to strengthen our economic partnership with ASEAN; and topics which are vital to deepening economic integration across the region were explored. These business events supported and culminated in the development of policy recommendations at the Leaders at the Special Summit to bolster the ASEAN-Australian trade and investment relationship. Read more information on the ASEAN-Australian Special Summit 2018 here.....
Across the month of April, the team will host visits for 50 Australian students from Gordon TAFE and Curtin University who will be visiting Singapore under the New Colombo Plan (NCP) program to learn about the nursing and food sectors in this region; and supporting Monash University Australia and UK University of Newcastle at their "Exploring Life Science Partnerships" Showcase. At the same time, the team will once again be heavily involved in Food and Hotel Asia 2018 with nearly 200 exhibitors at the Australian Pavilion.
In May, there will be an industry seminar in Smart Built Environment to be held in partnership with the Singapore Building & Construction Authority (BCA).
Whilst in June at ConnecTechAsia 2018, the team will be there to support the more than 20 companies showcasing their latest technology to the ASEAN buyers. There will also be a dairy seminar amongst other initiatives that the team will be planning to bring opportunities to the Australian businesses into the ASEAN market to end the financial year 2017-18.
At the start of the new financial year 2018-19, the team will kick-start the year with an Infrastructure Investment Forum which is a “by invitation” only event, co-organised with Enterprise Singapore. The Asia Pacific MedTech Forum 2018 and the Singapore Fintech Festival 2018 are also major events as well as other initiatives in the planning stage for the team.
The ASEAN Community is continuing to develop a harmonised economic market to achieve lasting growth and prosperity across the region. Australia is a strong supporter of ASEAN's connectivity. A one-stop shop approach to border, customs and immigration, supported by our aid program, has slashed by 50 per cent passenger and goods crossing times between Vietnam and Laos at the Lao Bao-Dansavanh border. Another will open soon at the Mukdahan-Savanakhet crossing between Thailand and Laos. Watch ASEAN NOW case studies videos at Austrade’s YouTube channel and at https://www.austrade.gov.au/News/Video. The ASEAN NOW was launched on Tuesday, 12 December 2017 by the Hon Steven Ciobo MP, Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment.
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