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Led by Chief Economist Mark Thirlwell, the Economics at Austrade team are responsible for analysing the major trends and events in the Australian and international economies that help shape Austrade’s operating environment.

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Trade Winds
Trade Winds
19 May 2017Divya Skene
This week’s readings include a list of the US administration’s trade policy actions, and a summary of the World Economic Forum’s inaugural ASEAN Summit held in Cambodia this month.
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International Trade | ASEAN
ASEAN: here comes the neighbourhood
12 May 2017
Divya Skene
Trade data for 2015-16 shows the ASEAN region continues to be an important trading partner for Australia - greater in significance than some might expect.
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Trade Winds
Trade Winds
12 May 2017
Divya Skene
This week’s readings reflect on economic policies that will shape the global economic landscape.
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FDI
Australia’s inward FDI stock surged to almost A$800 billion in 2016
11 May 2017
Edmund Tang
Australia’s inward foreign direct investment (FDI) stock reached A$796 billion in 2016, more than 60 per cent (A$306 billion) higher than 2009 levels.
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Trade Winds
Trade Winds
5 May 2017
Divya Skene
This week’s readings touch on emerging trends impacting global trade and production – digitisation, robots and diaspora.
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Australian Economy | International Investment | GDP
2017 Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Confidence Index
4 May 2017
Mark Thirlwell
AT Kearney’s FDI Confidence Index for 2017 shows that investors’ confidence in Australia remains strong. The Index ranks Australia in the top 10 for the seventh year in a row (ninth place this year, ...
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Australian Economy | International Investment
Australia is maintaining its attraction for Chinese investors
3 May 2017
Edmund Tang
Australia remains the second biggest recipient of Chinese overseas direct investment (ODI) globally, worth A$120 billion (about US$90 billion) of accumulated new investment since 2007, according to th ...
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Trade Winds
Trade Winds
28 Apr 2017
Divya Skene
This week’s readings include a closer look at the benefits of trade and outward investment to Australia’s economy, and includes a status report on the Tourism2020 Strategy.
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Trade Winds
Trade Winds
21 Apr 2017
Divya Skene
This week’s articles include IMF and RBA’s latest views on the international economy. We also take a closer look at the impact of transitioning economies on the status of ‘middle-skilled’ labour, and ...
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Trade Winds
Trade Winds
13 Apr 2017
Divya Skene
This week’s readings cover trends in Australia’s capital flows, and discuss the power of networks and older entrepreneurs in contributing to prosperity.
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