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CEO Message March 2017

Article by Niels Marquardt
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Welcome to the March edition of the AmCham CEO Message! Our focus this month continues to be the investment climate in Australia, which remains under continuing pressure against foreign direct investment (FDI) and the influence of multinationals. The major FDI study we will release with the US Studies Centre later this year aims to balance this narrative, telling a much more detailed story about the many and varied contributions from the two-way investment relationship between Australia and the United States. AmCham’s main intent in commissioning this study is to help maintain Australia’s attractiveness as a destination for foreign investment.  In essence, we keep saying:  Don’t kill the goose that laid the golden egg.  Australia has always depended on FDI for its exceptional prosperity, and that is not about to change.

Our upcoming Canberra Doorknock next week – again a sell-out – also plans to push this message, among others.  And again 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!

Later this month we will host Australian Ambassador to the US, the Hon. Joe Hockey, when he returns to Sydney briefly. The Australian Mission is doubling down to ensure that Aussie businesses are at the centre of the action in the Trump administration’s infrastructure plan.  We plan to visit Ambassador Hockey there in June and again during an Infrastructure Mission we will take to Washington DC, New York and Virginia October 1-6. 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!

AmCham’s new Sustainability Committee has commissioned a 3 minute survey asking you – our members – what matters most to your organisation on issues of social and environmental sustainability. This is a great way to showcase what your company is doing in this area, and identify how best to address your interests.

In other news, AmCham’s relationship with Austrade is poised to enter a new phase following the appointment of David Landers as General Manager for Austrade’s newly formed Division covering the Americas, Europe, Russia, Central Asia, Middle East, Africa and the Pacific. As we move forward into 2017, Austrade and AmCham will continue to build on our efforts to support both American and Australian businesses making the most of this important bilateral relationship. Come along to our complimentary briefing in Sydney on 30 March, where Austrade’s top US experts will discuss the state of the US-Australian relationship. You can read more about this partnership on our website here.

100 Days of Trumptrump

You won’t want to miss this comprehensive review of what President Trump has accomplished over his first 100 days in office, with pertinent analysis of how it will affect you here in Australia. Taking place the week commencing 1 May and sponsored by Premium Member K&L Gates, our panels of select U.S. experts in five cities across the country will share their views on President Trump’s impact on America, and on the rest of the world.

Sydney        Brisbane         Adelaide      Melbourne          Perth
May 2            May 3              May 4             May 5                May 8

Upcoming Events

Sydney – G’Day to Aussie Innovation – CSIRO in the US
Dr Larry Marshall,
Chief Executive, CSIRO
28 April

Parramatta – Towards our Greater Sydney
Lucy Turnbull AO, Chief Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission; Chris Heathcote, CEO, Global Infrastructure Hub; John Vassallo, CEO, Celestino
21 June

Melbourne – nbn
Bill Morrow, Chief Executive Officer
20 April

Adelaide – 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

Perth – The Cutting Edge: Future of Special Operations & Industry Innovations
Major General Jeff Sengelman Special Operations Commander, Australian Army and Kate Louis, First Assistant Secretary, Defence Industry Policy Division, Department of Defence
19 April

Brisbane – Seminar: How to do the Business in the US
U.S. Commercial Service, Efic, US Global Tax, TIQ, Export Council
5 April

New Members in March 2017

Since my last message, we are pleased to welcome the following new members on board: Ontera, 4mation Technologies, Cargo Line International, Bluejeans, Synthesis Consulting, PROS Technology, Beckon, Altair Engineering Software, 2186 and Tehmar Group. 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
nielsmarquardt@amcham.com.au

Follow me on twitter: @CEO_AmChamAU

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