Chief Economist of HSBC Bank
Paul is Chief Economist for HSBC in Australia and New Zealand. In this role, he is chief spokesperson for HSBC on forecasts and trends for the Australian and New Zealand economies and their interaction with global financial markets and international economies. He is also a critical member of the HSBC Global Research team, working with 500 analysts across 87 markets to help formulate HSBC’s unique global view of the world’s economy
Trade Commissioner Austrade
Matthew Brent is Trade Commissioner for the Australian Trade Commission, leading a marketing team, based at the Australian Embassy in Beijing. With previous experience as international business development manager, an export advisor for the Australian Industry Group and director of a China focused consultancy business. Matthew has had exposure to international trade at the business, industry and government levels. Matthew speaks fluent Mandarin.
Free Trade Agreement Policy Specialist, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Jonathan works in the Free Trade Agreement Division, which recently concluded the North Asia Free Trade Agreements. He previously worked on relations with the Solomon Islands, Pacific and regional issues.
Small and medium enterprises looking to export will find it easier to access finance thanks to the Small Business Export Loan I am announcing today.
Provided by Australia’s export finance agency, Efic, the loan will improve convenience, increase approval speed and provide greater flexibility for Australian businesses seeking finance to export.
The Small Business Export Loan is the latest tool from the Turnbull Government to help small and medium enterprises
This new loan facility will make it easier for small and medium enterprises to export and expand their business, driving jobs and growth.
The loan product enables businesses with annual revenue between $250,000 and $5 million to access up to $250,000 to support an export contract. The loan will be available to small exporters when their bank is unable to help.
Small and medium enterprises can apply via Efic’s online portal, EficDirect, in as little as 30 minutes and will receive an indicative offer immediately. A formal approval can be received within seven business days, after which funds can be available to draw on within as little as two business days.
In assessing loan applications, Efic will focus on the ability to service the loan, rather than the level of security available. This will overcome the barrier of being unable to provide tangible security that many small and medium enterprises face when seeking to access finance for export.
The new loan facility is the first of its kind designed specifically for small exporters.
The Coalition wants small and medium enterprises using the free trade agreements to drive jobs and growth – we are committed to supporting them through measures like the Small Business Export Loan.
President Australia, Myanmar Chamber of Commerce
Managing Director, Asia Advisory: AFG Venture Partners
Glen’s contact with Myanmar goes back to 1994 when he opened the AFG office in Yangon and produced the first Myanmar Business Guide in 1998.
CEO of the Australia Myanmar Chamber of Commerce
Ms Verity Lomax Commerce is a resident of Yangon and has had the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the tremendous changes and emerging opportunities through her contacts with the Australian business community, has good understanding of the perceptions of the Australian business community.
Business groups and economic commentators have largely welcomed Malcolm Turnbull as the nation’s new prime minister, with many suggesting he may give the economy an immediate confidence boost.
The former investment banker and venture capitalist is expected to bring a strong business knowledge and a solid understanding of the economy to the position.
The change in leadership will bring about a short term boost in confidence, business groups each with their agenda want more from Free Trade Agreement, infrastructure, to economic reform. Who ever is in government Asia Business Connection is committed to working with the government of the day and governments throughout Asia connecting businesses to business, creating opportunities for economic prosperity.
In conjunction with the 2015 Sister Cities Australia National Conference being hosted by Blacktown City Council, an informative business workshop will be held at the Rooty Hill RSL Club.
Hear from leading industry and government experts about the latest trends, issues and opportunities relating to Australia’s largest, 2nd and 4th largest trading partners.
Interested companies and individuals are invited to attend the FREE workshop being conducted by Blacktown City Council with support from Sydney based Chinese, Korean and Japanese business partners, visiting Asian delegations, Austrade and NSW Trade & Investment, Asia Business Connection and Western Sydney University.
Addressing Asia Business Connection members, NSW Premier Baird said that the past year has seen an outstanding level of engagement between Australia and our Asian neighbours.
Personal connections are often the driver of trade links with other nations, and we are fortunate in Western Sydney that Asia Business Connection has helped local business connect with markets across the region.
Our reputation for producing clean and safe food opens up immense opportunities in the food processing and beverage industries and teh Asia-Pacific’s growing population and rising living standards offers fresh markets for local producers.
The NSW Government remains committed to working with all communities in this state to promote development and cultural exchanges
The Sydney China Business Forum is an essential event on the Australia-China business community’s calendar, bringing more than 250 Australian and Chinese business, government and academic leaders together each year.
This year’s theme is ‘China’s health revolution and opportunities across industries’ – exploring how China’s burgeoning economy and rapidly expanding middle class increases the demand for a range of health care and aged care products and services, and how Australia is best positioned to respond.
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