The China-Australia FTA (ChAFTA): Opportunities for Agribusiness in the Murray region

4 January 2016

Regional Development Australia Murray (RDA Murray) and the Department of Foreign affairs and Trade Outreach program (DFAT) is conducting a forum in Deniliquin - The China Australia FTA: Opportunities for Agribusiness in the Murray Region

WHEN:   Thursday, 25 February 2016 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

WHERE: Deniliquin RSL Club, Mountbatten Room, 72 End Street Deniliquin, NSW 2710

REGISTER HERE for the event

This forum will provide an update on the status of ChAFTA, outline its likely effects on the Australian economy, provide an overview of outcomes for the key sectors involved, discuss potential opportunities for Australian businesses wanting to engage with China and provide practical information on how you can maximise the benefits of ChAFTA for your business. The session will also explore unique opportunities for the agribusiness development for the Murray region.

The session is presented by Michael Growder, Assistant Secretary, Free Trade Agreement Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

Michael recently returned from a posting as Public Affairs Counsellor in the Australian Embassy in Beijing (2012 to 2014), and was also formerly posted to the Australian Embassy in Hanoi as First Secretary responsible for economic and trade policy issues (2005-2007). Michael was previously part of the negotiating teams working on the China, Japan and Korea FTAs, and has also written published reports on Australian commercial opportunities in India and China. Prior to joining DFAT, Michael worked at the Reserve Bank of Australia for several years. He graduated from the University of Queensland with degrees in Economics and Mandarin Chinese. - Read more HERE

The session at Deniliquin will consist of 3 parts. In part 1 Michael Growder will provide an update on the status of ChAFTA, outline its likely effects on the Australian economy, provide an overview of outcomes for the key sectors involved, discuss potential opportunities for Australian businesses wanting to engage with China and provide practical information on how you can maximise the benefits of ChAFTA for your business. Part 2 will provide the opportunity for Q&A Part 3 of the session will involve group work to make sense of the material presented to explore what the implications the ChAFTA would be for agribusiness in the Murray region and to determine how we can collectively benefit from it.