The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) lays a historic foundation for the next phase of Australia’s economic relationship with China and will unlock significant opportunities for Australia. Both countries must now complete their domestic treaty making processes to bring the Agreement into force. In this exclusive interactive boardroom briefing for ACBC members, Michael Growder, a senior official from DFAT’s Free Trade Agreement Division in Canberra will provide an update on the status of ChAFTA, outline its likely effects on the Australian economy, provide an overview of outcomes for the key sectors involved, discuss potential opportunities for Australian businesses wanting to engage with China and provide practical information on how you can maximise the benefits of ChAFTA for your business.Following the presentation, there will be opportunities for Q&A and networking.
Michael recently returned from a posting as Public Affairs Counsellor in the Australian Embassy in Beijing (2012 to 2014), and was also formerly posted to the Australian Embassy in Hanoi as First Secretary responsible for economic and trade policy issues (2005-2007). Michael was previously part of the negotiating teams working on the China, Japan and Korea FTAs, and has also written published reports on Australian commercial opportunities in India and China. Prior to joining DFAT, Michael worked at the Reserve Bank of Australia for several years. He graduated from the University of Queensland with degrees in Economics and Mandarin Chinese.