On the evening of Monday 16 July, 2018 the Institute for International Trade hosted His Excellency Dr Ajay Gondane, India’s High Commissioner to Australia, for an exclusive presentation and discussion.

Dr Gondane joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1985. He worked in various capacities in the Indian Embassies and Consulates including in Damascus, Baghdad, Vienna, Ankara and New York. He was High Commissioner of India to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. He also worked earlier in SAARC, West Asia North Africa, Bangladesh-Myanmar Divisions. He was the Coordinator for the XIV SAARC Summit in New Delhi, 2007. He was Officer on Special Duty with Dy. Speaker, Lok Sabha and a Research Fellow at the Stimson Centre, Washington D.C. He is a Doctorate in Sociology. Most recently, Dr Gondane worked as Additional Secretary (Pol) and Director General of Inspection in the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi.

Dr Gondane spoke of India’s impressive growth story – currently representing the world’s fastest growing economy, it is expected to account for 20 percent of the working age population by 2025 and to become the world’s third largest economy by 2030.  With 7 million college graduates per year, and the second largest internet userbase and smartphone market in the world, India represents a significant opportunity for South Australian businesses seeking to expand into international markets.

Dr Gondane reminded the audience of India and Australia’s long standing history and support and highlighted the potential for Australia to significantly enhance it’s future prosperity by further developing a strong relationship with this major emerging economy.



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Geneva, 20 June 2018 – Over 80 participants representing 31 Parties, 6 Intergovernmental Organizations and more than 10 non-governmental organizations and academic institutions from Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania and the Americas met in Brussels from 13 to 15 June to help design guidelines for the making of legal acquisition findings.

These findings, which are one of the two fundamental prerequisites under the CITES Convention, require a legal verification by the Management Authority prior to issuing a CITES permit to the effect that the specimen was sourced and obtained in accordance with relevant laws and regulations throughout the value chain (in other words, legally acquired). Concepts such as the burden of proof, chain of custody, due diligence and risk assessment were discussed abundantly during the deliberations.

Representatives from Austria, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, European Union, Germany, Israel, Italy, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Peru, Senegal, Slovakia, Spain, Thailand, Tunisia, United Kingdom, United States of America and Zambia exchanged their experiences during the three-day workshop. They discussed guiding principles, methodologies, practical tools, required documentation, forensic expertise, compliance risk assessments, legality verification systems and other legal resources needed by Wildlife/Forest/Fisheries Authorities to verify the legal acquisition of specimens of CITES-listed species to be exported.

Although determining legal acquisition is a vital part of the implementation of the Convention, this was the first workshop dedicated entirely to the subject in the 43-year history of the Convention. Click here to access the full article.

CITES  Secretariat

International Environment House, Geneva, Switzerland

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The Trump Administration’s announcement in February of new steel and aluminium tariffs on national security grounds, including on imports from allies like the EU, have set the stage for escalating trade tensions. The EU recently imposed retaliatory tariffs on products ranging from bourbon whiskey to motorcycles. The US President hit back with a tweet threatening a 20% import tariff on autos and auto parts, telling manufacturers: “Build them here!”

A number of US-based firms have voiced concerns over supply chain disruptions from trade wars. Harley Davidson stated that it would be shifting production aimed at the EU market outside the US to avoid the additional tariff burden, exemplifying the unintended consequences of this approach.  Click here to view the full article, and related article on Global Value Chains Platform at the World Economic Forum, authored by Industry Professor, Jane Drake-Brockman.

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  Earlier this week the University of Adelaide welcomed more that 140 delegates from industry, government and academia throughout Southeast Asia for the Fourth Australia-Singapore Relationship Conference which took place from Monday, 25 June to Tuesday, 26 June 2018 at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel in Singapore. Hosted by our Institute for International Trade (IIT) […]

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“The evidence demonstrating that nations gain from trade is overwhelming. However, trade liberalization can cause disruption to firms and workers, and its gains and losses are spread unevenly. While many gain from trade, import surges have sometimes undermined the economic viability of whole communities. Existing mechanisms specifically designed to mitigate trade adjustment costs are often […]

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In 2017 the Institute for International Trade completed a significant study on the impact of Non-Tariff Measures (NTMs) along the supply and value chain throughout the region of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Australia and New Zealand. This study, which was commissioned by the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA) Trade in Goods […]

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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: […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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

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