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FTAs made simple

 

Australia, China and the Rest of the World

Hunt & Hunt has helped the Export Council of Australia (ECA) to develop the "FTA Tool", a website for Australian exporters that simplifies the use of the 10 Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) signed between Australia and other nations.

The new FTA Tool is designed to help Australian exporters navigate the basics of Australia's FTAs quickly and easily, increasing utilisation of FTAs.

 

On 29 and 30 May 2016, Hunt & Hunt Partner, Jim Harrowell AM, participated in the second Imperial Springs International Forum in Guangzhou, China. 

The Forum was established in 2011 by the Australia China Friendship and Exchange Association (ACFEA) and the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC). In 2016 the forum expanded the concept from China to the rest of the world by inviting the World Leadership Alliance, Club De Madrid, to participate.

Continuing with the Belt and Road Initiative – New Opportunities and New Co-operation theme commenced at the first Forum in 2015, the topics around which discussions were conducted included (1) Cities and the Inclusiveness, Sustainability and Resiliency Challenge (2) Cities in the Making: Co-operation Challenge  and (3) Infrastructure and Resource Efficiency Investment. 

Joining China's officials in the Forum were heads of government, experts, and scholars from Europe, Asia, Australia, Oceania and America. Among guest speakers were former Prime Minister, John Howard, former Latvian President and current President of World Leadership Alliance – Club Madrid, Ms Vaira Vike Freiberga, Member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, Mr Chunhua Hu, OECD Development Center's Head of Thematic Division Mr Carl Dahlman and Hunt & Hunt Partner, Jim Harrowell.

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