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The University of Adelaide’s Institute for International Trade (IIT) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) invite you to join David Holly, Chief Economist (Trade & Investment) for an exclusive presentation and panel discussion on Australia’s Foreign Policy White Paper.

Date: Thursday, 22 March 2018

Venue: The Science Exchange, 55 Exchange Place, Adelaide

Time: 3.15pm for a 3.30pm start, with discussion and refreshments to conclude by 5pm

Please CLICK HERE to register your attendance now!

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade recently invited business, state government, NGOs and think tanks to join an important conversation about Australia’s place in the world and to help shape Australia’s foreign policy.

Released in November 2017, the Foreign Policy White Paper is the first comprehensive policy paper on Australia’s international engagement since 2003 and sets out the government’s long-term international agenda, how Australia will be positioned to seize opportunities, manage risks and maximise our influence in a changing world.

Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to join leading experts as they discuss the Foreign Policy White Paper, with a particular focus on its economic and trade elements.

Speakers:

  • David Holly is a career economist who has worked in the public and private sectors.  David is Chief Economist (Trade & Investment) at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  Prior to this he was responsible for Intellectual Property, Aid for Trade and Other Issues in the Office of Trade Negotiations. David was Australia’s Consul General in Chennai India, head of the South and Central Asia Branch of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Deputy High Commissioner in New Delhi. He led Australia’s contribution to both the India and China free trade agreement feasibility studies. Prior to joining DFAT, David worked for the Departments of Prime Minister & Cabinet and Treasury, as well as the merchant bank Fay, Richwhite.
  • 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.  Dave 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. Between 1996 and 1997 he was a member of the Advisory Panel that assisted DFAT to produce the first White Paper on Australia’s Foreign and Trade Policies.

For event enquiries, please contact Lisa Hunt via email at lisa.hunt@adelaide.edu.au or on 0481 902 566.

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The University of Adelaide’s Institute for International Trade (IIT) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) invite you to join Her Excellency Ms Lynette Wood, Australian Ambassador to Germany and Switzerland, to hear her reflections on her first 18 months in Berlin.

Date: Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Venue: Rooms 4/5, Level 7, 10 Pulteney Street, Adelaide

Time: 11.30am start, with discussion and light refreshments to conclude by 1pm

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to join Her Excellency Ms Lynette Wood as she discusses the Foreign Policy White Paper, Australia’s engagement with Germany and Switzerland, and the prospects for an Australia-EU FTA amongst other issues.

With applications for DFAT’s graduate program closing on 22 March 2018, Ambassador Wood will also share some reflections on her career as a diplomat.

Please CLICK HERE to register your attendance now!

Speaker Biography:

Ms Lynette Wood is Australian Ambassador to Berlin, with non-resident accreditation to Switzerland. Prior to this appointment, Ms Wood was First Assistant Secretary, International Division with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C). She has served as Assistant Secretary, Middle East Branch and Executive Branch at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Ms Wood has also served overseas with postings in Canada and Germany.

Ms Wood holds a Master of Arts (International Relations) from the Australian National University, a Graduate Diploma in Foreign Affairs and Trade from Monash University and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Sydney.

For event enquiries, please contact Lisa Hunt via email at lisa.hunt@adelaide.edu.au or on 0481 902 566.

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The University of Adelaide’s Institute for International Trade has appointed a new Executive Director with global experience in international business consultancy, policy advice and economic relations.

Professor Peter Draper, currently Managing Director of Tutwa Consulting Group, a company specialising in policy and regulatory advice on trade and investment, in Pretoria, South Africa will commence in April 2018. His appointment comes after an exhaustive international search.

The University’s Institute for International Trade (IIT) is a research unit dedicated to advancing today’s global economy. Highly specialised, the IIT researches complex international trade issues to provide specialised contract research and consulting, bespoke trade-related capacity building programs; and complex policy advice for clients in intergovernmental organisations, international (including Australian) governments and the private sector. These services are provided alongside academic programs focussed on international trade and development.

“Peter Draper brings with him in-depth knowledge and experience of trade practices gleaned from many years of advising private and public organisations,” says Professor Christopher Findlay, Executive Dean of the Faculty of the Professions, The University of Adelaide.

“His academic strength in policy and regulatory analysis, and practical experience advising government and industry on international business expansion and emerging markets, will be invaluable to his role at our Institute for International Trade.

“Through his work with government departments in South Africa, Professor Draper played a key role in influencing government trade policy, which directly improved the economic health of the region,” says Professor Findlay.

Professor Draper has advised policy makers in the European Union on the impact of their trade policies on developing economies. In preparation for the 2017 G20 summit in Germany, he advised the German Development Institute on how best to encourage multinational corporations to sustainably include SMEs in their South African supply chains.

“Trade, both between regions and between countries, is critical to the world economy,” Professor Draper states.

“The Institute of International Trade is an internationally renowned research institute known for positively contributing to national and international debate on trade policy and practice. I am looking forward to using my experience to further bolster the Institute’s research and impact.”

Professor Draper is a member and co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the Global Trade and Foreign Direct Investment System.

His previous roles include positions in South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry in bilateral economic relations, and head of economic analysis and research in the International Trade and Economic Development Division. His academic roles include Head of the Department of Economics and Economic History at the former University of Durban-Westville (now University of KwaZulu-Natal), and he currently lectures at Wits Business School, University of the Witwatersrand.

Mr Draper is a graduate of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and a Master of Commerce. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Friederich Schiller University, Germany.

Professor Peter Draper and Professor Christopher Findlay are available for interviews.

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Christopher Findlay, ‘Search for new sources of growth momentum in Asia’, East Asia Forum: Economics, Politics and Public Policy in East Asia and the Pacific, 28 December 2017 http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/12/28/what-challenges-will-australia-and-the-region-face-in-2018/

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A rare interview featuring Dr Rebecca LaForgia – Senior Lecturer, Adelaide Law School at the recording studio of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Watch this video that features members of the secretariat from the Committee on Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs) address the following topics: What is a RTA? Rohini Acharya, Counsellor, Chief of Section Policies Review […]

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In 2017, Economic and Commercial Counsellors from the European Union Member States will visit South Australia as part of their annual State and Territories Joint Mission. This mission will enable the Canberra-based EU Member State diplomats to learn about key sectors of the South Australian Economy, and the trade, investment and public procurement opportunities available […]

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By: Richard Pomfret, CASE Fellow, Professor of Economics at the University of Adelaide The European parliament has recently given a green light to the proposed European Union (EU) – Australia trade agreement, setting guidelines for trade talks. In his State of the Union Address on 13 September 2017, the European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker began […]

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Joint Media Statement: AEM-CER Consultations, September 2017 On 9 September 2017 in Pasay City, Philippines, Economic Ministers from the ten ASEAN Member States, Australia and New Zealand (Closer Economic Relations –CER) met for the Twenty-Second AEM-CER Consultations. At this meeting the outcomes of the Non-Tariff Measures led by the Institute for International Trade’s Dr Uwe Kaufmann […]

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Indonesia in the new world

The University of Adelaide’s Institute for International Trade (IIT) and the Australian National University’s Indonesia Project invite you to join leading experts for a series of presentations and an interactive panel discussion on: Indonesia in the new world: globalisation, nationalism and sovereignty Date: Monday, 18th September 2017 Venue: Room 4/5, Level 7, 10 Pulteney Street, Adelaide Time: […]

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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 […]

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