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Melbourne: Changes to US/China Trade Policy - Opportunities for Australian Businesses

16 August 2017

Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Level 25, 567 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000

At this joint initiative of the Australia China Business Council Victoria and AmCham, our panel of experts drawn from business and academia will share their views on opportunities for Australian business in China as a result of changes in US policy. 

Panel of speakers:

  • Associate Professor Timothy Lynch is the Director of the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Associate Professor in American Politics in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne
  • Doug Ferguson is a Partner-in-charge of Asia & International Markets and a Partner in Deal Advisory and Chairman, Asia Society in Australia. He leads KPMG’s China, Japan, India, Korea and ASEAN client business practices and oversees major inbound Asian investment projects
  • Laura Mattiazzi is the Head of Asia Business Development for the NAB Agribusiness Asia Desk with over 20 years banking experience across Asia Pacific
  • Moderated by Bronwyn Lincoln, Partner at Corrs Chambers Westgarth and an international arbitrator

President Trump has moved quickly to start implementing his agenda for change in the USA. One of the key elements of his agenda is a more outspoken foreign policy and a more bilateral approach to trade.

The 'America First Energy Plan' is committed to clean coal technology, embracing the shale oil and gas revolution, further boosting domestic energy production, and facilitating oil and gas exports that will bring new competition to Asian markets.

In terms of job creation, the Administration plan starts with pro-growth tax reform to help make American workers and business more globally competitive, with huge ramifications for key economic partners like Australia and China, if he is able to lower tax rates for both individuals and business
In the trade sector, President Trump has already withdrawn support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, says he will renegotiate NAFTA, and favours bilateral over multilateral trade deals. The focus will be on bringing jobs back to America's shores, discouraging further off-shoring, repatriating American corporate profits stranded overseas, and supporting U.S. manufacturing. All of these plans combined clearly offer to 'put America first'.

Date:          Wednesday 16 August 2017                                              
Time:          12.00pm - 2.00pm (includes lunch)
Venue:        Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Level 25, 567 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000
Cost:           $75 for ACBC Members and $95 General Admission
Dress:          Business Attire 
Enquiries:   (03) 9027 5606