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A year of significance – Three global events impacting Australia and Asia in 2015

What a year it has been! International trade has had a busy and exciting year; a number of global trade deals were inked, the world economy has somewhat stabilised, and the awesome increase in Asian middle class consumption continues to gather pace. In my final article of the year, I would like to give a bird’s eye view on three key events that have happened between Australia and Asia and...

Doing Business in ASEAN – An Overview

Do you know that collectively, ASEAN is Australia’s second largest trading partner and account for 15 per cent of Australia total trade? However, only 6% of Australian investment are in ASEAN. There is a large untapped opportunities in ASEAN, which is under appreciated with Australian businesses. Having lived in Singapore for a period of time, I got to appreciate the diverse culture and...

Doing Business in Hong Kong

As the world's 8th largest trading economy, there are many unique factors that make Hong Kong the ideal place to do business with Asia and/or mainland China. Hong Kong’s location is a key attraction - situated in the heart of Asia and on the door step of the Chinese mainland; more than half of the world’s population is within five hours reach of Hong Kong. As one of the top three Global...

Why you should still attend trade fairs?

Since trade fair is a big part of my work, I would like to share with you why attending fairs are still important for your business and strategies you can get the best out of the experience. You woke up early, loaded the car with glossy marketing materials, and stopped at Officeworks to pick up some Blu-Tack and other miscellaneous bits of stationery (that you’ll only use once). You...

Is Hong Kong still the best business gateway into Asia?

Given its unique past, lots of multinational companies from Europe, the United States or North America have headquarters in Hong Kong. As China undergoes rapid economic structural reform, Hong Kong is now forced to prove its continued status as a key regional stronghold for multinationals in the face of stiff competition. While enthusiasm abounds amongst foreign business looking to break...