Apr 2017
Tue, 18 Apr 2017

CEO Message April 2017

Article by Niels Marquardt
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Welcome to the April edition of the AmCham CEO Message! I have just returned from Adelaide, where I joined a delegation led by acting U.S. Ambassador James Carouso last week to explore opportunities for doing business in the South Australian market. It was also great to catch up with a number of our fantastic SA members, and I look forward to meeting with even more members when I visit Perth with the U.S. Mission on 15-16 May. Please plan to join me if you can!  

In other news, I wish to thank everyone who joined us for another successful Canberra Doorknock last month, where we met with over sixty Federal MPs and staffers to advocate for a fairer business environment on behalf of our members. We came away with a positive response from Canberra, assured that policymakers understand the importance of the US to Australia’s past and future prosperity. Based on this, we anticipate strong support for the major FDI study we will release with the US Studies Centre in July year, which will be accompanied by a widespread public communications effort across Australia and the US. Watch this space for a further announcements about the study over the next few months.

Among the other major takeaways from Canberra, we found widespread acknowledgement for the importance of IP protection, and forward momentum towards resolving the double taxation issue facing American expats in Australia once and for all. And on June 19-23, our annual Washington Doorknock will make the case for improving the systems for taxation, trade and travel for companies doing business between the US and Australia. Please plan to join us if you can!

As I mentioned last month, we are working ever more closely with Austrade in 2017. During October 8-13, Austrade and AmCham will lead an Infrastructure Finance Mission to the US, where we plan to visit Washington DC, New York, Chicago and Indianapolis to explore the opportunities for business in Australia from the Trump administration’s one trillion dollar infrastructure program. You can read more about this trade mission and how to get involved here. We will also run a Defence and Aerospace Mission to Virginia, Washington DC, and Mobile, Alabama October 15-20And we will run our annual Innovation Mission October 29 – November 3 to Boston and Silicon Valley. Please block your calendar now and let us know if you would like to join one of our delegations this year!

Upcoming Events

Growing in a Very Competitive World
Ian Bailey, Managing Director, Kmart
17 May

Jayne Hrdlicka, Group CEO
22 June

UQ Business School Thought Leadership Series: Entrepreneurship
Expert panel featuring QLD’s Chief Entrepreneur,
Mark Sowerby
12 May

The Rise of the Shared Economy
Sam McDonagh, Country Manager Aust & NZ, Airbnb; Tom White, General Manager SA & WA, Uber; Piers Hogarth-Scott, National IoT Practice Leader, KPMG
19 May

Austal’s Journey to Being the Only Shipbuilding Prime Contractor in the USA
David Singleton, Chief Executive Officer
24 May


New Members in April 2017

Since my last message, we are pleased to welcome the following new members on board: BridgeClimb Sydney, VISA Global Logistics, Beralon, Tiny Hunter, Al Mabin Photography, Customer Return, Smoothstream Business Intelligence, Palo Alto Networks and Campaign Capital. Please view our newest members here. If you are not already a member of AmCham, now is the time to join and increase your access to opportunity for 2017.

Until next time,

Niels Marquardt

Follow me on twitter: @CEO_AmChamAU

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