ACBC Victoria is pleased to invite you to a round table briefing on the China Australia Free Trade Agreement with Mr Michael Clifton, Senior Trade Commissioner, Austrade Beijing.
As a result of negotiations between the government and the federal opposition, the ChAFTA has passed the Australian parliament. This will deliver two tariff cuts in quick succession, one at the end of 2015 and another next year following its entry into force. This event will cover the many opportunities this presents, what this means for Australian businesses and for the Australia China relationship.
Mr Russell Wiese, Partner at Hunt & Hunt will also be speaking. Russell is the head of Hunt & Hunt Lawyers' Customs and Global Trade Team. Russell has worked with importers and exporters to help them take full advantage of the benefits available under FTAs. Russell will provide guidance on what traders can be doing now to prepare for the introduction of ChAFTA and manage the legal risks associated with FTA use. Throughout the proceedings there will be opportunities for Q&A and networking.
Since December 2011, Michael Clifton has been Austrade’s Country Manager for China, where he leads a team of eighty staff. He also serves as Senior Trade Commissioner in Beijing. Prior to this posting, Michael has served as Senior Trade Commissioner in Shanghai and Senior Trade Commissioner and Consul-General in Osaka, Japan. Michael has also served in a range of Trade and Defence appointments in Hong Kong, Tokyo and the Middle East. On his return from Osaka, Michael served as an Adviser to the Minister for Trade, and Chief of Staff to the Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government.