Energising ECTA and bilateral opportunities

With ECTA now in force and the more Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) expected later in the year, AIBC hosted a session in Sydney on 16 May with Frances Lison, PSM, Chief Negotiator, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Over 120 delegates participated in the program which focussed on bilateral business opportunities. Our special thanks to HSBC and BDO, our two sponsors for the evening.  

Ms Lisson provided a timely update on bilateral trade following the Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (ECTA) coming into force earlier this year and the steps currently underway with regard to the negotiations for the upcoming Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA), which both governments are aiming to complete this year. The CECA is expected to widen the scope of the ECTA, thereby providing a further boost to trade and investment. 

A special note of thanks to HSBC and our two sponsors for the evening, HSBC and BDO, who are deeply committed to growing the bilateral business corridor. Antony Shaw, Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Australia and Neil Billyard, senior Partner at BDO also spoke on the occasion about their growing engagement with India. 

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