ASEAN-Australia Special Summit

On 17-18 March, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP will welcome the leaders of ASEAN to Sydney – the first time an Australian Prime Minister has hosted a Summit with ASEAN in Australia. It will be comprised of three events over two days, including a CEO Forum, SME Conference and a Women in Business Breakfast.

The objective of the Summit is to strengthen regional security and prosperity through intensified leader-level discussion and a program of increased practical engagement on education, economic cooperation, countering terrorism and security challenges.

Over the next few days, our Chairman, Jeremy Johnson and Director International Affairs and Trade, Bryan Clark, along with a number of members will participate in the ASEAN Special Summit business meetings in Sydney.

The SME Conference being held on Friday 16 March, will bring together regional specialists, business leaders and successful exporters to share their knowledge and insights with Australian SMEs who are, or are considering, exporting to ASEAN. The SME Conference includes panel sessions which will explore the key topics and trends for Australian businesses including:

  • market insights into ASEAN consumers;
  • engaging in ASEAN’s growing manufacturing industry;
  • linking in to the region’s production chains integrated;
  • the digital technologies reshaping business models and workforce skills; and
  • opportunities being created from ASEAN’s deepening integration. It will also include a “marketplace” where membership and services of the Australian Chamber will be showcased.

Our Chairman, Jeremy Johnson will participate in the CEO Forum on Saturday March 17. This event will comprise a number of Roundtable discussions covering:

  • Tourism destination development and aviation – led by Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon Steven Ciobo MP
  • Digital transformation in services – led by Minister for Jobs and Innovation, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
  • Advanced Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 – led by Minister for Finance and Special Minister of State, Senator the Hon Matthias Cormann
  • Agri-food supply chain logistics – led by the Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon Mark Coulton
  • Future energy supply chains – led by Minister for Environment and Energy, the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP
  • Infrastructure, Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP

Alongside these official meetings, we will also be participating in numerous side meetings with ASEAN business groups and Chambers of Commerce.

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