A Message From Our Co-Founder & President WAEBA
It is my pleasure to tell you about the recently formed West Australian European Business Association (WAEBA) and the European Business Forum & Expo event and the official Trade Visit of the EU Trade Delegation visiting Perth between 22-23 March 2018 in Perth.
The formation of the WAEBA and the 2018 European Business Expo follows the hosting of two previous European Business Expo Events within the Perth small business community.
Having won a major sponsorship from the City of Perth in 2017, the European Business Expo has now expanded into a comprehensive business information event – The European Business Forum -that responds to a wider business agenda and audience whilst offering trade support, business information and facilitation services.
WAEBA will officially be launched at the European Business Forum by His Excellence, Dr. Michael Pulch, Ambassador of the European Union to Australia.
The European Foreign Ministerial visits to Australia in 2017, made respectively by France, Hungary, Poland, Croatia, Germany, Greece and Italy all reflect a great energy in Australian, and European trade and diplomatic relations.
The WA European business community notes the excellent progress made by Australia and the European Union in advancing the Framework for Negotiation for an Australian Free Trade Agreement with the European Union (AU EU FTA). This was well highlighted in the joint announcement made in April 2017, by the EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstrom and Australia’s Trade Minister Steven Ciobo who formally agreed on the scope and ambition of a future AU EU FTA.
At WEABA we believe that a positive engagement with the business community about Australia’s relationship with Europe will further support and stimulate the development of a robust AU EU FTA and especially so as we reflect on the past successful 60years since the founding of the European Common Market that has become the European Union.
Australia has much to look forward to in aspiring to a Free Trade Agreement with the European Union which, as a block, is Australia’s second largest trading Partner. As part of the AU EU FTA preparations, the Department of Foreign Affairs has invited Australian stakeholders to contribute to the development of an AU EU FTA by making a public submission and this will be promoted at the European Business Forum event
The European Business Forum & Expo event is comprised of four key elements and commences with the annual WA European Australian Business Council (EABC) Ministerial Business Breakfast. This will be followed by the WAEBA Business Forum one-day Conference – WA & Europe – A Strategic partnership and is inclusive of a Luncheon. A one-day micro European Business Expo will be presented at Frasers and WAEBA will operate an exciting Business Connect Lounge Trade Support Service throughout day for participants and the European Trade delegations that are visiting.
Our principal sponsors are: The City of Perth, WA Business News, WA Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Qatar Airways, Curtin University, University of Western Australia – Innovation Quarter and RMIT – Centre for European Studies.
Collectively the event partnership is supported by the Delegation of the European Union in Australia EABC, DFAT, Austrade, Embassy of France, Embassy of Hungary, Embassy of Slovakia Portugal Trade Commission; Consulate General of the Kingdom of Netherlands, Consulate General of the Czech Republic, WA Swedish Chamber of Commerce; City of Perth; WA Business News; University of Western Australia; Curtin University; FORTIX International Business Centre; and many others.
WEABA warmly welcomes your attendance of this quality event and looks forward to supporting your business endeavours with the European Union with our range of Trade Support services.
We look forward to personally welcoming you on the day.
Mary Jardine Clarke
Mary Jardine Clarke
Co-Founder & President WAEBA
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