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10 years of Australian businesses making use of AUSFTA

Media release
2 July 2015

Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb has welcomed the opening of the Building our Future Prosperity conference in Sydney today, marking the 10th anniversary of the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA).

AUSFTA has proven its value to Australian businesses in the ten years since its entry into force.

“The business community has experienced much lower tariffs on our exports to the United States thanks to the agreement, and I encourage Australian exporters to continue maximising the opportunities it provides,” Mr Robb said.

Two-way trade in goods and services between Australia and the United States has increased from $41 billion in 2004, the year prior to AUSFTA’s entry into force, to more than $60 billion in 2014. More⇒
 

Significant and Premium Investor Visas commence

Joint media release
The Hon Andrew Robb AO MP, Minister for Trade and Investment
The Hon Michaelia Cash, Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection
1 July 2015

New arrangements for investor visa applicants that will encourage investment into innovative Australian research and development and emerging local companies come into effect today.

Expressions of Interest for the enhanced Significant Investor Visa (SIV) can now be submitted to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection under new requirements that mandate investment into small and emerging companies and venture capital funds.

Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb said the new investor visa requirements would stimulate dynamic sectors of the Australian economy. More⇒

Forging stronger economic ties with Singapore

Media release
30 June 2015

Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb has returned from a visit to Singapore confident the newly signed Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP) will lead to closer economic integration between our two countries.

Mr Robb said the CSP – signed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong – reaffirms both countries’ commitment to expanding free trade and increasing two-way investment.

“The long term objective of the CSP is to build closer economic ties similar to the relationship we currently share with New Zealand,” Mr Robb said. More⇒

Robb Returns to India for Trade Talks

Media release
21 June 2015

Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb will make his third visit to India this year to continue building support to finalise a strong and mutually-beneficial Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) by the end of 2015.

Mr Robb arrives in New Delhi today for a three-day visit, and will attend the revitalised Australia-India CEO Forum at the invitation of the co-chairs, Rio Tinto CEO Sam Walsh and the Chairman of the Adani Group, Gautam Adani.

“Prime Ministers Abbott and Modi agreed to work towards concluding a CECA in 2015 to increase trade and investment, promote job growth and fuel prosperity for both our countries,” Mr Robb said. More⇒
 

New era in sports diplomacy

Joint media release
The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade
The Hon Andrew Robb AO MP, Minister for Trade and Investment
The Hon Sussan Ley MP, Minister for Health and Sport
25 June 2015

Today’s launch of the Australian Sports Diplomacy Strategy 2015-18 signals a new era of partnership between the Australian Government and sporting organisations.

Together, we will leverage our outstanding sports skills, facilities and knowledge to promote Australia and strengthen our links with countries and communities in the region.

The strategy highlights our excellence in hosting major sporting events like the AFC Asian Cup, ICC Cricket World Cup and the upcoming Netball World Cup that generate long-term economic, diplomatic, tourism and community benefits.

The strategy also showcases Australia’s excellence in sports administration and participation, sport-for-development initiatives, high performance and training, and sport integrity. More⇒

TPP – myths vs. realities

Media release
25 June 2015

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade released a factsheet to address common misconceptions about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations. In particular, it addresses issues including food labelling, food standards, the price of medicines, Australian local content on TV and radio and labour and environment standards.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement is being negotiated between Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, New Zealand, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam. The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement will facilitate increased trade and investment, help secure the ongoing competitiveness of Australian businesses in international markets, and support economic growth and jobs in Australia. More⇒

Australia signs landmark trade agreement with China

Joint media release
The Hon. Tony Abbott MP, Prime Minister
The Hon. Andrew Robb AO MP, Minister for Trade and Investment
17 June 2015

Today, Australia signed a landmark Free Trade Agreement with China, our largest trading partner, with total trade worth almost $160 billion in 2013-14, and a growing source of investment.

The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) will lock in existing trade and provide the catalyst for future growth across a range of areas including goods, services and investment.

The Agreement secures better market access for Australia to the world’s second largest economy, improves our competitive position in a rapidly growing market, promotes increased two-way investment and reduces import costs. It is a win for households and businesses alike.

On day one of the ChAFTA, more than 85 per cent of Australian goods exports will be tariff free, rising to 95 per cent on full implementation. More⇒

Services and manufactures exports rise in April

Media release
4 June 2015

Following a strong performance of goods and services exports in the March quarter of 2015, with net exports contributing 0.5 percentage points of the 0.9 per cent growth in quarterly GDP, exports of services and manufactures rose in April, according to new Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data.

“Exports of services grew one per cent in April to be 12.8 per cent higher than a year ago. The rise was driven by transport services and travel services, up three per cent and 0.6 per cent respectively,” the Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb said.

“Australian services have an enviable reputation across a wide range of areas in our region with strong prospects for future export growth. The trade agreements we have concluded with Korea, Japan and China include significant new openings for our services in the major economies of North Asia,” he said. More⇒
 

Australia's bid to join global procurement agreement

Media release
2 June 2015

Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb announced today that Australia will launch a bid to join the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA).

Mr Robb said global government procurement markets represented major opportunities for Australian business.

“The GPA covers the purchase of goods and services by 43 governments worth USD$1.7 trillion. This number will grow with another 10 countries negotiating to join including China with a government procurement market worth $1.5 trillion,” he said. More⇒

Australia to sign up to Common Reporting Standard

Media release
2 June 2015

Parliamentary Secretary Steven Ciobo will underline Australia’s commitment to tackling tax evasion at the annual Ministerial Council Meeting of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development with Australia signing up to the Common Reporting Standard.

Mr Ciobo will sign the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement (MCAA) that enables Common Reporting Standard information to be exchanged between countries’ tax authorities.

“This is an important step in ensuring that all taxpayers comply with their domestic tax obligations. It will help catch taxpayers using hidden offshore bank accounts to evade Australian tax,” he said. More⇒
 


 

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