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Australian architecture firm Leffler Simes Architects has recently featured in Austrade’s ‘Australia is Open for Business Campaign’. The series of case studies is designed to demonstrate how Australia’s Free Trade Export Agreements with China, Korea and Japan will help create jobs and open up exciting opportunities for businesses large and small.
The services sector contributes a great deal to Australia’s economy and the North Asia FTAs are set to expand the opportunities available for Australian services companies in the dynamic Asian market. For architecture firms in particular, the China agreement includes support for mutual recognition of qualifications, significantly improved market access and improved visa access arrangements.
For Leffler Simes the China agreement is great news. Following their unusual entry into the China market after a by-chance meeting with a Chinese property developer, they have continued to deliver projects in Northern China. Recent projects include two large kindergartens, a shopping centre and a music school. Running these additional projects from Australia has allowed the firm to expand their workforce. Further, the ChAFTA will allow the firm to do more, enabling them to apply for a license to undertake larger projects in China and obtain construction documentation in China.
Director, Steven Evans commented that the ChAFTA ‘encourages both countries to do business with each other. The developers that we meet have been exposed to the agreement in China and they understand that Australia is wanting to do business with them’.
To view the case study, please click here.