Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright? Western Australia’s trade and economic development with Asia

WhereThe Hyatt, Grand Ballroom
99 Adelaide Terrace, Perth WA 6000
When16 September 2015, 7.15am to 9.00am

The Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre invites you to the launch of the next report in the Focus on Western Australia report series, Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright? Western Australia’s trade and economic development with Asia.

There is a general sense of unease with the recent slowdown in China’s economic growth. Large businesses and the state’s finances have suffered as a result. But is China the ‘be all and end all’ of the focus on Western Australia trade policies and objectives?

Our report will examine a number of key questions relating to the composition and direction of trade by West Australian businesses and consumers. These include issues that affect current trading patterns with Asia, and opportunities for enhanced future trade and strengthened economic relationships with China, Japan and other countries in the Asia-Pacific and Indo-Pacific regions.

This report reminds us that as important as China is to the economic fortunes of the state, it is by no means the state’s only export destination. To focus solely on China would be myopic. There are new partnerships to forge, emerging industries to support, infrastructure bottlenecks to overcome and the ‘WA’ brand to promote.

The report also traces state exports to the regions. It highlights important barriers that regional businesses and residents, together with policymakers, have overcome in their pursuit of efficiency gains and growth. It also outlines what the regions can do to further promote trade.

At this breakfast, assisted by commentary from an outstanding panel of experts including Nicky Cusworth, Deputy Director General, Strategic Policy, Department of State Development; Stedman Ellis, Chief Operating Officer, Western Region, Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association; and Stephanie Buckland, Chief Executive Officer, Tourism WA. We hope to generate discussion among our audience on strategies and steps that can be taken to improve on the current situation.

Registrations for this event have now closed.