Embracing the Extraordinary Asian Opportunity

Sir Rod Eddington AO

Thursday, 24 July 2014
12.15pm for 12.30pm – 2pm
At The Grand Ballroom, The Hotel Windsor
111 Spring Street, Melbourne, Victoria

 After years of negotiation, Australia has signed Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with Japan and South Korea, and is in the process of negotiating an FTA with China.  Promising to open new investment and export opportunities, the FTAs are the latest indicator of the truly extraordinary nature of the Asian opportunity for Australian businesses.  40 per cent of the world’s economic activity occurs across the Asian economies and their collective GDP is already higher than that of Europe or the Americas.  With an emerging middle class, accelerating digital revolution, and projected regional growth rate of 4.9 per cent per annum until 2030, Asian markets offer Australia an unprecedented opportunity to increases and diversify economic activity especially in the post resource-boom era.

Australian industries have the advantage of geographic proximity and developing Asian capabilities.  To fully embrace opportunities presented by Asian economies, Australian business leaders should be aware of the niche markets that Australian industries are well positioned to fill, and how various sectors can begin adapting and learning now to best position themselves for the next decade and the likely changes brought by recent FTAs.

To discuss these essential questions, Australian Institute of International Affairs Victoria is delighted to announce a special presentation from Sir Rod Eddington AO, former CEO of Cathay Pacific and British Airways, now President of the Australia Japan Business Cooperation Committee and serving on the APEC Business Advisory Council.  One of the most outstanding business minds of Australia, Sir Rod has also been a resident in Hong Kong for over 17 years, and was a recent member of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s business delegation to Asia.  Non-executive Chairman of J.P. Morgan and Lion, Rod Eddington also holds non-executive directorships with 21st Century Fox, China Light & Power Holdings and John Swire & Sons.

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Two course luncheon with beverages

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