In my capacity as a Director of the American Chamber of Commerce, I had the pleasure this week to co-host a business roundtable with US Vice President Biden in Sydney, together with Premier Mike Baird and Jennifer Westacott from the BCA. I took the opportunity to talk about the importance of free trade. Here is what I had to say.
New Opportunities with TPP – Increasing U.S. Exports to Australia
May 27, 2016
Karen Ballard is the Vice Counselor for Commercial Affairs for Australia and New Zealand at the U.S. Consulate in Sydney, Australia. Dr. Doug Hartley is the Commercial Specialist for Aerospace and Marine industries at the U.S. Embassy in Canberra.
The Commonwealth of Australia and the United States enjoy a very close alliance.
Australia shares many cultural traditions and values with the United States, and has played a key role as part of the United States’ rebalance to Asia strategy. The country is a rules-based democracy with a familiar legal and corporate framework, sophisticated consumer and industrial sectors, and a straightforward, English-speaking business culture. Continue reading
It was eight long and tumultuous years in the making, but at a ceremony in Auckland on February 4, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement was signed by the twelve partner countries from across the Asia-Pacific. Continue reading
At the invitation of President Barack Obama, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is visiting Washington DC this week in his first official visit to the US as Prime Minister. High on his agenda for discussion are the economic relations and security ties between Australia and the US, as well as the dynamics animating key regions in which both countries have a strategic stake.