The Australian APEC Study Centre (AASC) at RMIT has secured an important contract with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
The contract runs for three years with two options to extend into 2024.
Valued at up to $14 million, the contract will see RMIT deliver capacity and relationship building events management for DFAT’s APEC G20 and Multilateral Strategy Branch into the activities of APEC, G20, MIKTA and the OECD.
APEC is the Asia-Pacific Economic Organisation; G20 is the Group of 20 forum; MIKTA is an informal partnership between Mexico, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Turkey and Australia; and the OECD is the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Pro Vice-Chancellor Business and Vice-President, Professor Ian Palmer, said: “Congratulations to the Australian APEC Study Centre for securing this contract, which could lead to considerable research work and further support Australia’s external interests in the region.
“RMIT views this contract as recognition of the capabilities of the Centre and the University in delivering effective and efficient services to government stakeholders.”
AASC Director, Ken Waller, said: “This was a highly contested bid and RMIT’s success can be attributed to its earned reputation with the Commonwealth and the quality of the key personnel who will be involved in the delivery of the contract.
“It should also provide opportunities to work with other branches of DFAT and Commonwealth departments.”
The contract will see RMIT organise about 14 capacity building-related activities and meetings for government officials and private sector stakeholders to progress priority trade and development issues annually.
These include policy dialogues, roundtable technical discussions, workshops and Ministerial meetings in Australia and overseas.
Story: Bonnie Rivendell