2014 Successful Asian Century Business Engagement Plan Grants

We are pleased to announce the successful recipients of the Asian Business Engagement (ABE) Plan grants for 2014. Congratulations to all organisations that have been awarded funding.

The current ABE Plan grants round attracted interest from 68 Australian member-based organisations seeking to build stronger engagement with Asia. From this strong field, 18 organisations have been awarded a grant. Thank you to all grant applicants for your time and effort in the preparation and submission of proposals.

Organisation Stream Project Description $ Amount Funded
AusBiotech A The ‘AusMedtech directory’ will offer a bilingual directory of Australian medical technology companies in Chinese/English, to support business partnering and facilitate trade with China. 20,000
Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) B The ‘Asian Aftermarket Pathway Program’ will generate market information and build linkages with regional Industry Associations to drive collaboration in Thailand and Indonesia. 100,500
Australian Horticultural Exporters Association B The ‘Australian Horticulture Export Portal’ will foster collaborative knowledge sharing between exporters and Asian counterparts through an online ‘one-stop shop’ for export information.  159,000
Australia-Myanmar Chamber of Commerce B The ‘Networks Through Skills Development’ initiative will focus on capacity building, skills transfer and developing networks between Australia and Myanmar through a skills swap program, industry skills seminars and alumni program in Myanmar. 120,000
Australia New Zealand Chamber of Commerce Philippines Inc. The ‘ASEAN Economic Community: Impacts on Australian and Philippine Business Relations in 2015’ initiative will use the Sussex framework to estimate the possible impact of Philippines-Australia trade resulting from the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) agreement. 29,500
Australian Services Roundtable B The ‘Enabling Australian Professional Services SMEs to achieve greater business success in Indonesia and Korea’ project will deliver export ready coaching and mentoring webinars and identify new and emerging services market opportunities in these markets. 112,000
Australia-Thai Chamber of Commerce A The ‘sphere of influence’ project will strengthen and expand Thai-Australian business networks in Thailand to make them more accessible for Australian SMEs while also building the organisation’s institutional capacity to support and promote Australian business. 66,800
Australia-Taiwan Business Council Ltd The ‘Link-In with Asia: Australian and Taiwanese Women Entrepreneur Network’ project will focus on women in business and enhance access and influence in Taiwan and China by building innovative, business-driven connections and networks with organisations or women entrepreneurs in Taiwan and China. 58,015
Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers Coop Ltd (BFVG) A The ‘BFVG South Korea Direct Business Engagement Project’ will progress new regional partnerships with strategically connected organisations in South Korea, to build long-term business partnerships and trade relationships in regional food supply chains to Asia. 80,000
Composites Australia Inc. A ‘The Advanced Composites Asian Market Entry Program’ will showcase Australia’s collaborative strengths in research, innovation and the application of advanced composite manufacturing technology into high-value added sectors including oil & gas, automotive and ground transportation (rail and bus) and infrastructure sectors into Malaysia and Indonesia.   61,425
Council of Textile & Fashion Industries of Australia (TFIA) B The ‘Common Threads - Creating a Sustainable Future’ project will foster a sustainable future for the Australian Textile, Clothing and Footwear industry and deliver platforms for exchange of knowledge sharing to build Australia as a place of innovation and solutions. The project will concentrate on Hong Kong as a gateway to China.. 120,000
Export Council of Australia A The ‘Export to Indonesia’ project is an export capability development project focused on the Indonesian market and aimed at the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sector.  60,000
Food South Australia Inc. A The ‘Development of go-to-market plans for South Australian food manufacturers into South East Asia’ project will focus on supply challenges and export opportunities in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore for high value added food products manufactured in South Australia. 75,000
Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia B The ‘Infrastructure Sustainability – Asia’ project will benchmark to what extent infrastructure sustainability is included in funding, planning, procurement, design, delivery and operational requirements in Singapore. This information will be used to identify what tools and training are required to deliver greater infrastructure sustainability outcomes for the region.  101,000
TAFE Directors Australia A The ‘TDA Mentoring and Linkages Program’ will build links with the 29 Government Technical Institutes currently operating in Myanmar and enable TAFE institutes to showcase their institutes, highlight areas of strength and expertise, initiate and formalise cooperation agreements and engage with key industry stakeholders and explore opportunities for tripartite partnerships. 63,560
NSW Business Chamber Limited B The ‘Best of Australia’ project will build new business links with China and support companies from diverse sectors, to deal with in-market issues that inhibit their market entry or expansion, reduce complex regulatory compliance, and grow export sales. 130,000
Sports Medicine Australia & the Australian Physiotherapy Association A The ‘Sports Medicine and Sports Physiotherapy in Asia’ pilot project will scope the opportunities for the export of sports medicine expertise and training to China and share the benefits of the pilot project with members through a comprehensive report and information seminars and webinars. 30,000
Victoria TAFE (VTI) A The ‘Training for Industry Needs - VTI and Indonesia’ project will leverage Indonesian government contacts and TVET providers to offer a program showcasing the collective skills and expertise of Victorian TAFE Providers, including capacity to mentor, and highlighting the value of working with VTI as a ‘one stop shop’. Collaboration opportunities will also be scoped. 37,500

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