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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.

Australia - a resilient trade performance

8 Feb 2019 Australian Economy Edmund Tang

Against the backdrop of a challenging global economic environment, Australia’s trade recorded strong growth in the financial year (FY) 2017–18 according to the latest data release by the Department of ...

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FDI inflows to Australia buck global trends

30 Jan 2019 FDI Edmund Tang

Australia attracted US$62 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows in 2018, an increase of almost 40% on 2017. This strong performance ensured Australia maintains its ranking as a global top ...

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Emerging and Developing Asia bright spots in a global adjustment

23 Jan 2019 World EconomyIMF Edmund Tang

IMF’s most recent WEO Update is projecting the world economy will likely grow at 3.5% in 2019 and 3.6% in 2020, 0.2 and 0.1 percentage points respectively below 2018 projections

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Latin American consumers support growing business engagement

23 Oct 2018 AIBS 2018 Divya Skene

This year’s AIBS survey focussed on a part of the world that is increasingly attractive to our services export earners, Latin America.

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The role of trading technology in Australia’s international business activity

16 Oct 2018 AIBS 2018 Divya Skene

AIBS respondents are experienced exporters, but we have found in two separate surveys that around half of our respondents do not engage in e-commerce.

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Australia’s internationally active businesses well positioned for an integrated ASEAN

8 Oct 2018 AIBS 2018 Divya Skene

One of the main themes picked up by the AIBS platform is the importance of ASEAN to Australia’s internationally-active businesses.

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SME international experience shaped by United States and China

5 Oct 2018 AIBS 2018 Divya Skene

In recent years, a debate around international trade and investment has focused on which of our largest economic partners is the most important to Australia. Two countries put forward regularly in th ...

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Australia’s International Business Survey 2018: A profile of respondent businesses

4 Oct 2018 AIBS 2018 Matthew Durban

AIBS 2018 is one of the largest and most detailed surveys of Australia’s internationally-active businesses. This latest survey captures the responses of 713 Australian companies (629 internationally a ...

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An introduction to Australia’s International Business Survey 2018

4 Oct 2018 AIBS 2018 Matthew Durban

Today sees the release of the latest report in the Australia’s International Business Survey (AIBS) series. Supported by Austrade, the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (Efic) and the Export Co ...

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A vote of confidence: Australia retains AAA rating

25 Sep 2018 Australian Economy Edmund Tang

In September 2018, Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Global Ratings revised its outlook on the long-term ratings for Australia from negative to stable and reaffirmed its AAA sovereign credit rating.

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