Trade Winds

30 Oct 2017


  • Divya Skene
  • Trade Winds

This week’s articles focus on microeconomic reform and innovation at home, and ASEAN opportunities abroad.

  • Time to review health, education, cities and more - in its 5 Year Review, the Productivity Commission says learning how to do things better is key to Australia’s future prosperity.

  • ABS finds methodological differences, if addressed, would lift Australia’s ranking of 5th highest proportion of innovation-active businesses of the countries included in the OECD’s 2015 Innovation Indicators publication.

  • ASEAN’s rising need for coal together with a projected fall in Indonesian exports, means Australian coal exports have considerable growth prospects in the region. (Minerals Council/IEA).

  • PwC reports that infrastructure, workforce and trade are key to ASEAN integration.

  • ANZ’s Opportunity Asia survey includes discussion of China e-commerce and the role of daigou.

  • Efic’s latest World Risk Developments updates the global risk outlook for exporters, including the upside risk of trade with Mexico.

  • Beyond the General Agreement on Trade in Services: Henry Sherrell comments on the odd couple - international trade and immigration policy.

  • A survey conducted by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research finds a majority of employers who use Australia’s VET system are satisfied with the system, and believe the training meets their need for skills.