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  • Tuesday, July 31, 2018 2:05 PM | ATBC Administrator (Administrator)

    The ATBC was proud to be a joint partner in the inaugural ASEAN Business Council's Networking Event held in partnership with Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and the NSW and Australian Governments at the NSW Trade and Investment Offices in Sydney.

    Approximately 70 people attended the event from a wide range of backgrounds that included business, commercial, diplomatic, academic and trade attendees. Each of the 4 Business Councils gave short updates on their respective areas, as did the NSW and Australian Governments. A particular highlight was a presentation given by Dr Sandra Seno-Alday from the University of Sydney Business School, on various growth trends across the ASEAN Business Sector. The respective Business Councils agreed to capitalise on the success of this event with another event in the future.

    You can read the ATBC National President's Speech from the event here:

    ASEAN Networking Speech - D Blunt July 2018.pdf

  • Monday, June 25, 2018 11:23 AM | ATBC Administrator (Administrator)

    On 19 June 2018, the ATBC Executive had the pleasure of meeting Her Excellency, Mrs Nantana Sivakua, Ambassador of Thailand to Australia, at the Royal Thai Embassy in Canberra. The discussion included items of mutual benefit to both Thailand and Australia, with a focus on improving bilateral trade and business promotion. You can read more about the Ambassador here:

    From L to R: Assistant Secretary/Board Member - Peter (Pichai) Siripol, National President - Doug Blunt, Her Excellency, Mrs Nantana Sivakua, and Vice-President, Jamie Gibson.

  • Wednesday, May 09, 2018 11:11 AM | ATBC Administrator (Administrator)

    Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders have agreed to intensify their shared work to shape a more secure and prosperous region.

    A joint statement released at the close of the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit in March 2018 - 'The Sydney Declaration' - sets out a clear vision for the future of the ASEAN-Australia partnership, with a commitment to further elevate cooperation.

    During the Summit, leaders agreed to boost trade, investment and business links between Australia and ASEAN, with new initiatives on smart cities, infrastructure development, economic policy cooperation, digital standards, education exchanges, counter-terrorism and security cooperation.

    The ASEAN-Australia Special Summit marks a new era in the increasingly close relationship and reaffirms Australia and ASEAN as partners with a vital stake in a dynamic region undergoing major changes.

    For more information on Summit outcomes:

    Media Release

    Bangkok Post

    Thailand Ministry of Foreign Affairs,-Prime-Minister-of-Thai.html

    Joint Statement of the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit:

    Fact sheets

  • Tuesday, February 13, 2018 2:46 PM | ATBC Administrator (Administrator)

    ASEAN-Australia Digital Trade Survey

    The growth of digital trade is becoming more influential in shaping the trade of goods and services across ASEAN and Australia. Delivering on the potential of digital trade to support job creation, innovation and interoperability, is critical to improve ASEAN and Australia’s global competitiveness. The ASEAN-Australia Digital Trade Standards Initiative is a ground-breaking project where ASEAN member states and Australia  are working together to expand business opportunities, deepen standards harmonisation and facilitate economic integration in our region.

    As part of the initiative Standards Australia ( are conducting an ASEAN - Australia Digital Trade Survey across ASEAN member states and Australia. The survey can be accessed by clicking on the following link: 

    The Survey is a key opportunity for stakeholders and member states in our region to provide feedback and views on the issues, challenges and opportunities associated with the development of a more inclusive digital trade environment. Responses will be used to assist in the development of future digital trade cooperation programmes across ASEAN and Australia.

    The Survey will close on Monday 26 March 2018.

    The ATBC urges any interested members to complete the survey by clicking on the link provided. Thank you.

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