Article – China to sign FTA by year’s end

by 7 July 2014

25 June 2014 Scott Murdoch The Australian

CHINA has flagged it intends to finalise a free-trade agreement with Australia before the end of the year after nine years of negotiation in a move that has buoyed Australian negotiators.

Joe Hockey and Trade Minister Andrew Robb met with Xu Shaoshi, the chairman of China’s top economic planning agency, the National Development and Review Commission, yesterday in Beijing who reaffirmed the ­nation’s commitment to signing a deal [...]

Article – Asian region set to boom

by 17 June 2014

11 June 2014 Townsville Bulletin

IT is hoped the Green Paper on Developing Northern Australia will help the country tap into the skyrocketing Asian economies.

The report states that by 2050, Asia could account for half of global output, trade and investment through sustained growth in countries including China, India, South Korea and Indonesia.

It also reports that by 2020, more than half of the world’s middle class will be in Asia, driving up demand [...]

Article – Australia to fly cattle to Timor-Leste for the first time

by 16 June 2014

12 June 2014 Matt Brann ABC Rural

Two consignments of breeder cattle from the Northern Territory will be flown to Timor-Leste in the coming weeks, as part of a landmark deal to boost that nation’s herd size and improve genetics.

It’ll be the first time Australia has flown cattle to that country and is the latest in a number of agricultural partnerships between Timor-Leste and the Northern Territory.

Ben Hindle, from the Northern Territory Livestock Exporters’ Association, [...]

Article – New protocols secured with Middle East for live exports

by 5 June 2014

28 May 2014 The Queensland Times

THE LIVE export of Australian sheep to Iran could soon be back on, after Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce secured new health protocols for the trade with the Middle Eastern nation.

Mr Joyce on Wednesday announced the new protocols, which he said would run “in parallel” with the existing animal welfare standards, as the government looks to “streamline” those as well.

The approval of the protocols, governing sheep, cattle and [...]

Video – Extended interview with BHP Billiton chief executive Andrew Mackenzie

by 5 June 2014

29 May 2014 Beverley O’Connor ABC News

BHP Billiton chief Andrew Mackenzie is urging G20 leaders to roll back protectionist trade barriers imposed after the global financial crisis to help boost trade.

Watch the video here.

Courtesy of ABC News

Article – Team Australia lines up behind Robb

by 3 June 2014

30 May 2014 Rowan Callick

Trade Minister Andrew Robb has established Australia’s first trade and investment council comprising top-level corporate advisers to the federal government — underlining, he said, its different way of doing business from its Labor predecessor.

The Trade and Investment Policy Advisory Council will provide Mr Robb, and the government through him, with a corporate perspective to comple­ment the traditional public-service sources of advice.

Mr Robb said the group would add “considerable [...]

Media Release – Australia’s exports to China exceed $100 billion in 2013

by 27 May 2014

21 May 2014 Minister for Trade and Investment

New trade and services data highlighting the importance of China as Australia’s major trading partner demonstrates why concluding a Free Trade Agreement with the world’s second biggest economy is a high priority of the Abbott Government.

The data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), combined with earlier ABS merchandise trade data, shows two significant milestones were achieved in 2013.  For the first time:

Australia’s goods [...]