Helping Australian small and medium sized enterprises’ access and utilise Australia’s FTAs with China, Korea and Japan (JAEPA, KAFTA, ChAFTA)
Increased trade creates more Australian jobs and delivers more opportunities for Australian businesses. Three newly ratified free trade agreements with Japan, South Korea and China will increase Australia’s access and exporting prospects in these key markets.
Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) are negotiated on behalf of Australian businesses by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). They have been negotiated to provide:
- an improved competitive position for Australian exports
- more prospects for increased two-way investment
- better Australian access to important markets, and
- reduced import costs for Australian businesses and consumers alike.
7.45am: Coffee and breakfast
8.00am – 8.15am: Welcome remarks and introduction
John Bailey, Executive Director - Sector Lead Professional Services, Victorian Government
8.15am - 9.00am: Introductory Session – Uncovering the technical side of the FTAs
Kristen Bondietti, Principal Trade Consultant, ITS Global (Asia Pacific)
Australia’s North Asian FTAs are important for Australia's future prosperity and engagement in the Asian Pacific region. Kristen will share with attendees the market access opportunities arising from Australia’s recent FTAs with Korea, Japan and China and the potential benefits for companies seeking to expand in fast growing Asian markets.
9.00am - 9.15am: Secondary remarks and introduction of panel
Ken Waller, Director, the Australian APEC Study Centre at RMIT University
An introduction of the work of APEC and ASEAN Secretariats who are working to identify and reduce trade barriers for service sectors across the Asia-Pacific region, with a special focus on supporting small and medium sized enterprises.
9.15am – 10.15am: Panel Discussion and Q&A
The benefits that business have found working with the JAEPA, ChAFTA and KAFTA
Moderater: Ken Waller
- Mark Burgess, Managing Director, Emerging Policy Advisory
- Koby Jones, Managing Director, The SILC Group
- Matthew Schofield, Assurance & Advisory Services Partner, ShineWing Australia
10.15am - 10.30am: Concluding Remarks
Cost: $40 per person*
*ticket prices reflect the subsidy provided by the Australian Government through the Free Trade Agreement Training Provider Grant Program that has reduced ticket costs by 50% for each attendee. The full value of the training is $80.