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What opportunities have now opened up for Australian companies?
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Corrs Chambers Westgarth
567 Collins Street
A Joint Initiative of:  AmCham and Australia China Business Council
Category:  Business Briefing
Filling the Strategic Vacuum

Changes to US/China trade policy.
What opportunities have now opened up for Australian companies?

President Trump has moved quickly to start implementing his agenda for change in the USA. One of the key elements of his agenda is a more outspoken foreign policy and a more bilateral approach to trade.

Trump's 'America First Energy Plan' is committed to clean coal technology, embracing the shale oil and gas revolution, further boosting domestic energy production, and facilitating oil and gas exports that will bring new competition to Asian markets.

In terms of job creation, the Trump plan starts with pro-growth tax reform to help make American workers and business more globally competitive, with huge ramifications for key economic partners like Australia and China, if he is able to lower tax rates for both individuals and business

In the trade sector, President Trump has already withdrawn support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, says he will renegotiate NAFTA, and favours bilateral over multilateral trade deals. The focus will be on bringing jobs back to America's shores, discouraging further off-shoring, repatriating American corporate profits stranded overseas, and supporting U.S. manufacturing. All of these plans combined clearly offer to 'put America first'.

Our panels of experts drawn from business and academia will share their views on opportunities for Australian business in China as a result of the Trump policy impacts.

Panel of speakers:

• Associate Professor Timothy Lynch is the Director of the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Associate Professor in American Politics in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne.

His books include Turf War: the Clinton Administration and Northern Ireland (Ashgate, 2004), After Bush: the Case for Continuity in American Foreign Policy (co-authored with RS Singh, Cambridge, 2008), a winner of the Richard Neustadt Book Prize and a best-selling international security text and US Foreign Policy and Democracy Promotion (Routledge, 2013). He is editor-in-chief of the two-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History (2013).

A regular commentator for Sky News and ABC TV and radio in Australia, the BBC and Al Jazeera in the UK, and C-SPAN and NPR in the US, his editorials have appeared in the Age, the Conversation, the Guardian, the Herald Sun, the Spectator, and the Wall Street Journal.

At Melbourne Tim teaches two popular electives on the Master of International Relations (Great Power Rivalry and US Foreign Policy. He is the convener of the Ten Great Books Melbourne Masterclass. A Fulbright Scholar, he holds a PhD in Political Science from Boston College, USA.

• Doug Ferguson is a Partner-in-charge of Asia & International Markets, a Partner in Deal Advisory and Chairman, Asia Society in Australia. He leads KPMG’s China, Japan, India, Korea and ASEAN client business practices and oversees major inbound Asian investment projects.

He also leads Access Asia, KPMG Australia’s trade advisory services business which helps Australian companies leverage free trade agreements (FTAs) for trade and investment integration with Asia.

Doug studied Mandarin Chinese in Taiwan in the mid-1990s, joined KPMG Financial Services audit division in 1998 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Australia and Hong Kong. He was based in Beijing and Hong Kong between 2001 and 2011 as a Deals Advisory professional assisting MNCs and private equity funds to invest and grow in China.

Doug was admitted to partnership in 2008 and between 2008 and 2011, Doug was heavily involved in the insolvency engagement for Lehman Brothers Asia.
Since returning to Sydney in 2012, Doug has led numerous major in-bound Asian investment projects, including due diligence on a number of technology, real estate, entertainment and agribusiness sector investment projects in Australia.

Doug has co-authored several research reports on Chinese investment & agribusiness and a regular media commentator and major conference event speaker.

• Laura Mattiazzi is the Head of Asia Business Development for the NAB Agribusiness Asia Desk with over 20 years banking experience across Asia Pacific.

She was born and graduated from mainland China, worked at Bank of China (China) and Dao Heng Bank (now DBS) in Hong Kong before pursuing postgraduate studies in Australia. Graduated with HD from RMIT, Laura joined NAB in Business Banking in 1999.

Laura is responsible for Food & Agriculture, health, education, professional services, property at NAB for Asia markets. Laura supports Australian customers trading with Asia including knowledge sharing on market access & intel, business contacts, country-specific risks & protocols, trade funding and currency solutions whilst assisting them to build Asian capabilities.

Moderated by:

Bronwyn Lincoln is a partner at Corrs Chambers Westgarth and an international arbitrator. She has over 20 years’ experience in dispute resolution with a focus on international and cross jurisdictional disputes. Bronwyn’s roles include Chair of the Melbourne Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Centre, Director of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration and Co-Chair of the Law Council of Australia’s Transnational Litigation Committee. In 2017 Bronwyn was appointed by the Federal Attorney General as one of Australia’s four designees to the ICSID Panel of conciliators.
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