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What Future for the Euro

The University of Adelaide’s Institute for International Trade invites you to join Professor Istvan Bencez for a seminar and discussion on:

What Future for the Euro? Reforming Economic Governance in the European Union

Date: Tuesday, 8th August 2017

Venue: Santos Petroleum Engineering Building, G04 Lecture theatre, North Terrace Campus (close to Frome Road), The University of Adelaide (Map)

Time: 12.30pm start, with discussion and light refreshments to conclude by 2pm

Please CLICK HERE to register your attendance by 5pm on Monday, 7 August 2017.

The EU has been under constant pressure to reform its economic governance structure and save the euro. The EU was not short on brave ideas, but it has hardly managed to meet the challenges that stemmed from both design failure of the euro-zone and deep-rooted structural problems in individual member states. If the EU is willing to accept the iron logic of economic integration and head towards a full-fledged fiscal union, it might be able to stabilise its position for good. Otherwise it has to seriously redesign the current rules-based framework by allowing member states to accommodate specific needs.

Join Professor Istvan Benczes as he discusses the current governance framework and explores opportunities to strengthen and safeguard the single currency.

Speaker Biography:

Istvan Benczes is Full Professor and Director of the Institute of World Economy, Corvinus University of Budapest (CUB). Prior to this, he held a Visiting Professorship at the Department of Economics, Indiana University, Bloomington from 2013 to 2015.

Professor Benczes received his Ph.D. from Central European University, Budapest. He also holds an MSc in Economics from University College London and an MA in Finance from CUB. His research focuses on topics related to European economic integration, and economic reform and transformation in Central and Eastern Europe and emerging markets. He teaches a number of courses at the master’s and doctoral levels, such as Development Economics, European Economic Governance, International Financial Markets and International Political Economy. Professor Benczes is also the Programme Director of the World Economy doctoral programme at CUB, which has just won the European Commission’s Horizon2020 grant for conducting research on economic populism in the new democracies of Europe.

Istvan Benczes’s most recent publications have appeared in Post-Communist Economies and the Journal of Common Market Studies, and in edited volumes such as Deficit and Debt in Transition (CEU Press), Crisis in the West and the East (WVFS) and the SAGE Handbook on Globalization (SAGE).

For event enquiries, please contact Lisa Hunt via email at lisa.hunt@adelaide.edu.au or on 0421 359 518.

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Disruptive Technologies, Skills and Globalisation: Impact on Trade and Growth in Australia and Singapore

Join leading experts as they consider the challenges and opportunities presented by disruptive technologies.

How will they change the way production is organised and how trade flows? How might they impact demand for skills in the region? What is the value of better connectivity? Is there a role for regional economic cooperation in supporting cities, regions and economies to respond to this opportunity?

This conference is hosted by the University of Adelaide’s Institute for International Trade (IIT), and the Asia Growth Research Centre located in the Ngee Ann-Adelaide Education Centre (NAAEC). The programme is designed to build on and contribute to the depth of the Australia-Singapore relationship.

The meeting will be attended by the Australian High Commissioner in Singapore, Mr Bruce Gosper, and the Hon Martin Hamilton-Smith MP, Minister for Investment and Trade, Government of South Australia.

Location: Goodwood Park Hotel, Singapore

Register: iit.adelaide.edu.au/rel-conf/

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Brexit EU

The University of Adelaide’s Institute for International Trade and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade invite you to join us for a presentation and panel discussion on: BREXIT: Challenges and Opportunities for Australia.

Date: Monday 26 June 2017

Time: 3.30pm for a 4pm start, with drinks and refreshments concluding by 6pm

Venue: Room 4/5, Level 7, 10 Pulteney Street, Adelaide Get directions

RSVP: Please CLICK HERE to register your attendance

The European Union (EU) is Australia’s largest source of Foreign Direct Investment and our second largest trading partner, with EU investment in Australia having recently exceeded $1 trillion. The United Kingdom (UK) is Australia’s fifth largest trading partner, with two-way trade reaching some $26 billion during 2015-16 and investment in Australia estimated at almost $500 billion during the same period.

Given our significant trade and investment relationships with both the EU and the UK, Britain’s decision to exit the European Union has broad ranging implications for Australia.

  • How will the decision impact Australia’s trade and investment interests?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities for Australia?
  • How will we move forward?

Following the Brexit referendum on 23 June 2016, the Australian Government has continued to work with both the EU and UK to preserve and expand access for Australian exporters and investors in both markets.

Join leading experts for presentations and discussion on the implications of the Brexit decision for Australia’s trade and investment interests.


  • Remo Moretta is the Assistant Secretary responsible for Australia’s trade relations with Europe and Brexit. He served as Australia’s Deputy High Commissioner to New Zealand from 2012 to 2015. Mr Moretta has experience in trade policy and negotiations spanning over 20 years. He has served as First Secretary to the Permanent Mission to the WTO in Geneva and as Counsellor for Trade in the Australian Embassy in Washington.
  • Dave Gordge is Director of the South Australia State Office of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), where he is responsible for managing DFAT’s engagement with its diverse local stakeholders, including the State Government and South Australia’s business and academic communities. Mr Gordge is a career officer of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has served overseas as Deputy Head of Mission in the Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh (2011-13) and as Third Secretary, and later Second Secretary, in the Australian Embassy in Santiago de Chile (2004-06).
  • Professor Christopher Findlay is Executive Director of the Institute for International Trade and Executive Dean of the Faculty of the Professions at The University of Adelaide. Professor Findlay is an economist with expertise in international trade policy and theory, services trade and public policy. He has published extensively on trade liberalisation, Free Trade Agreements and regional integration.
  • Professor Kym Anderson is George Gollin Professor of Economics at The University of Adelaide and formerly foundation Executive Director of the Centre for International Economic Studies at the University of Adelaide, where he has been affiliated since 1984. Previously he was a Research Fellow in Economics at ANU’s Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, which he re-joined part-time in 2012. Professor Anderson has spent several years as a lead economist at both the GATT (now World Trade Organization) and the World Bank. His publications are in the fields of international trade and economic development, including a focus on primary products, food and wine.
  • Jane Drake-Brockman is Director of the EU Centre for Global Affairs, University of Adelaide. A former diplomat and Chief Economist with DFAT, she served as Minister at the Australian Delegation to the EU in Brussels 1995-1998. She has worked with the International Trade Centre in Geneva, Commonwealth Secretariat in London and OECD Secretariat in Paris; founded the Australian Services Roundtable; served as Executive Committee member of the Hong Kong Coalition of Services Industries, Convenor of the PECC Taskforce on Services and now chairs the new Asia Pacific Services Coalition.

For event enquiries, please contact Lisa Hunt via email at lisa.hunt@adelaide.edu.au or on 0421 359 518.

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