Article – New China free trade zones to lift growth

by 16 December 2014

14 December 2014 Jamil Anderlini Financial Times

China will create three new free trade zones modeled on one established a year ago in Shanghai as the government tries to support lackluster trade and boost slowing growth in the world’s second-largest economy.

The three new zones will be established in the southern and eastern provinces of Guangdong and Fujian and in the northern port city of Tianjin, China’s State Council said in a statement.

Shanghai’s free [...]

Korea FTA unlocks opportunities for small business

by 16 December 2014

12 December 2014 Minister for Trade and Investment

Small and medium businesses in Australia are being encouraged to explore exciting new export opportunities made possible by the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA), which entered into force today.

Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb together with Minister for Small Business Bruce Billson, explained the comprehensive Agreement with our third-largest export market, provides benefits to a wide range of small and medium business enterprises (SMEs), from [...]

Article – Winning Over the Xi Dynasty

by 12 December 2014

21 November 2014 Laura Tingle Australian Financial Review

In the midst of a budget crisis and after several years of tense relations, a transition in the Chinese leadership was the catalyst for a hard-fought deal.

To read the full article, click: China Aust FTA AFR 21 Nov 2014 Copy

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Article – Aussie cattle on a Thai beef roll

by 12 December 2014

11 December 2014 Colin Bettles Farmonline

RETURNS to Australian cattle producers are set for a boost under new market access into Thailand for feeder and slaughter cattle, according to federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce.

According to Meat and Livestock Australia’s (MLA) latest statistics, Thailand received only four head of Australian cattle from January to September last year and 229 in the same period this year.

After reaching an intergovernmental agreement on health protocols, about 30,000 [...]

Article – Rinehart wants business to “speak up”

by 12 December 2014

28 November 2014 AAP

Mining billionaire Gina Rinehart has called on business leaders to speak up against government regulations she says are making it harder for Australia to compete.

Speaking at CEO Magazine’s Executive of the Year Awards on Thursday night, Australia’s richest person said fellow business leaders needed to do more to lobby the federal government to cut red tape.

“Every business represented in this room is affected by government-imposed costs and paperwork, [...]

Article – Major gas project set for $1.2b extension

by 12 December 2014

27 November 2014 The West Australian

Energy giant Woodside and its partners have committed $1.2 billion to extend Australia’s largest oil and gas development.

The Persephone project will be the third development of the North West Shelf project, off the coast of Western Australia, in the past six years.

Woodside said the new development would contribute to the ongoing success of the 30-year-old oil and gas field.

The approval of funds for Persephone comes amid [...]

Article – Qatar launches first of 3 new economic zones

by 12 December 2014

25 November 2014 MENAFN

Qatar announced it has launched the first of three new special economic zones established to help the country with diversifying its economy, Arabian Business reported.

The Ras Bufontas Economic zone, which is built over 4.1 square kilometers near the new Hamad International Airport, will specialize in companies in the communications, InfoTech, energy, logistics, construction, transportation among other sectors.

The Qatari government said that the special economic zones would be the base [...]

Article – Archaic systems crippling export

by 12 December 2014

24 November 2014 Andrew Marshall Stock and Land

CONSUMERS across Asia expect agriculturally-rich Australia will strive to double food export values to $75 billion by 2050, but the nation is so ill-prepared for the Asian Century the market opportunities are little more than fantasies for our farmers, says Don McGauchie.

The Nufarm and Australian Agricultural Company (AACo) chairman said Australia’s export architecture was so archaic it barely coped with moving existing production tonnages offshore within [...]

Article – Gina Rinehart says Australia would not survive without mining

by 12 December 2014

24 November 2014 Vicky Validakis Ferret

Gina Rinehart said the negativity aimed at the mining industry needs to stop, stating Australia would be unable to survive without the sector.

Speaking to the Small Business Association of Australia (SBAA) in Darwin on Saturday, Rinehart said the mining sector was often the target of misinformation by those committed to stalling development.

“My question to the short-sighted is, do you really think we could survive without mining?

“If [...]

Article – Govts must cut mining regulation: Rinehart

by 12 December 2014

22 November 2014 Neda Vanovac The West Australian

Mining magnate Gina Rinehart has conceded the anti-development message is winning as she called on government to relax regulation and cut mining red tape.

“We have become a nation of compliance, rather than performance,” she said.

“Regulations are crushing the entrepreneurial spirit of our country, they are sending investment to countries that will then compete with us.”

Speaking at a Small Business Association of Australia lunch in [...]