17 Jun

ABCC welcomes announcement of FTA negotiations

The Australian British Chamber of Commerce welcomes today’s announcement of the commencement of the formal negotiations for the Australia United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement.

Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Senator Simon Birmingham and the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for International Trade Liz Truss, announced this evening (Australian time) that the first round of negotiations is due to commence, via virtual communication, on the 29th of June.

Speaking to the announcement, Chief Executive of the Australian British Chamber of Commerce David McCredie said:

“Australia and the UK have a shared history of two-way trade and investment, one which has been seeing a resurgence in recent years. We now have the opportunity to build on these strong foundations to create an ambitious and comprehensive Free Trade Agreement, as well as supplementary agreements, which will not only enable, but facilitate, the further collaboration and development of the industries and jobs of the future in both our countries.”

“It is important for both countries, that the economic and people links between Australia and the UK, are now propelled into a new era of closer collaboration, open access to markets for goods and services, harmonisation of standards, as well as easier access for capital and talent.”

“Our shared vision as open free trading nations should elevate these discussions to be bold, and strive to set a new benchmark for FTA’s around the world, while delivering opportunity, prosperity and security for our nations into the future.”

The Australian British Chamber of Commerce welcomes submissions from Members and towards this goal. Please forward your ideas and submission to policy@britishchamber.com

About the Australian British Chamber of Commerce

The Australian British Chamber of Commerce was founded in Melbourne in 1910 and has continued with the ongoing support of our Membership, drawn from industry, to provide a strong network of Australian and British businesses, connections to government both in Australia and the UK and working with academic and other organisations that have interests in the two countries.

The Chamber represents over 300 Members, with reach to over 7,500 organisations and over 25,000 individuals, and hosts around 160 events around Australia as well as three international delegations each year.

For further Enquiries

David McCredie

Chief Executive

Australian British Chamber of Commerce

Mobile: +61 450 735 435

Email: dmccredie@britishchamber.com

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