ACBC WA: Australia, China and Singapore – a look into opportunities within RCEP

29 Apr 2022

Signed by 15 nations in November 2020, including China, Australia and Singapore, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is the largest Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in history. The agreement is expected to add US$186 billion to the global economy and according to the Sydney Morning Herald, Australia can build new markets for universities, financial service providers, superannuation firms, health, and aged care sectors. Under the FTA, tariffs will be eliminated on 92% of goods by 2050, and with 75% of Australia’s trading markets covered by RCEP, this represents preferential access to 3.35 billion customers.

Featuring keynote speaker Prof. James Laurenceson, this sundowner will highlight the importance of the RCEP which motivates more investment through the China+1 strategy to lower cost and risks for those entering the Asian markets. Co-hosted by ACBC WA, WASBC and CCCA (Perth Branch), join us at this networking event to learn more about the agreement.

Event details:

Date: Thursday 26th May 2022

Time: 5:45pm for a 6:00pm start, including drinks and refreshments, concluding at 8:00pm (AWST)

Location: Base @ FLUX, 191 St Georges Tce, Perth WA 6000

Tickets: $20.00 for members of ACBC, CCCA or WASBC; $40.00 for non-members

Keynote Speaker

Professor James Laurenceson, Director of the Australia-China Relations Institute at UTS

James has previously held appointments at the University of Queensland (Australia), Shandong University (China) and Shimonoseki City University (Japan). He was President of the Chinese Economics Society of Australia from 2012-2014.

His academic research has been published in leading scholarly journals including China Economic Review and China Economic Journal.

Professor Laurenceson also provides regular commentary on contemporary developments in China’s economy and the Australia-China economic relationship. His opinion pieces have appeared in Australian Financial Review, The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, South China Morning Post, amongst many others.

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