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                 Logo-Masthead                                 Asia Pacific Food and Fibre Summit – Melbourne                                30 - 31st October 2014

Objective: To create sustainable competitive value for Australian food and fibre products by improving the competitiveness and efficiency of Australian supply chains, encouraging product innovation, and promoting finance and investment opportunities.

Highlights: Key speakers from East Asia will discuss Australia from an Asian perspective at the Summit. The Dinner at the prestigious Queen’s Hall of the Victorian Parliament House will offer a 3 course dinner of locally produced food and wines, at which the Victorian Premier will speak on the benefits of Australian regional produce for Asian consumers. The Summit will occur immediately prior to Australia’s most prestigious horse racing carnival, with both the Victorian Derby and the McKinnon Stakes occurring at the Flemington race track on Saturday 1st November, followed by the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday 4th November.

Registration: Seats are limited at the prestigious Summit Dinner, so early registration and payment will secure a seat at the event.

Challenges for 2015                                                 

How do we develop and sustain an international competitive edge for Australian products?

What are the most serious obstacles in exporting Australian food and fibre products to Asia?

How do we improve the competitiveness and efficiency of Australian supply chains?

For more details and to register, visit the following webpage:                             

http://www.informa.com.au/conferences/food-conference/asia-pacific-food-fibre-summit

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Dr John Williams. Executive Director with a doctorate in supply chain decision making, masters in agribusiness, degrees in economics and agricultural science, a diploma in technical analysis, and authored Competition and Efficiency in International Food Supply Chains: Improving Food Security (2012) and Agricultural Supply Chains and the Challenge of Price Risk (2013). John specializes in supply chain risk management, the development of forward markets, supply chain integration, improving competition, and increasing efficiency. He has worked on supply chain projects in China, Vietnam, and the Middle East.

Stephen (Ox) Noonan. Director Markets, capital funds managing-director, alternate investments manager, financial adviser, futures market authorized representative, commodity trader, and technical analyst. Ox specializes in oil, gas, metals, and currency markets, portfolio management, diversified assets management, asset investments, asset performance testing, trading desk efficiencies, trader performance management, trading desk establishment and evaluation, trading performance monitoring, hedge fund management, market risk management, technical systems analyst, and trader psychology.

Daryl Koch. Director of Governance. Company director and secretary, Director of Accounting Technicians Australia, Executive Director of Canterbury Commercial Services, Fellow of FINSA, and Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants as well as the Finance and Treasury Association. Daryl has worked in foreign exchange, interest rates, and operations risk management with major banks across a broad range of capital investment projects and commodities. He now focuses on governance, operational risk, derivatives, compliance and risk monitoring.

Federal budget 2014: infrastructure

13 May 2014

The Abbott government has committed an additional A$11.6 billion for an “infrastructure growth package” that is heavy on roads, but aimed at fast-tracking what it considers critical infrastructure. The asset recycling initiative will cost A$5 billion over five years in order to encourage the states to sell assets and redirect the funds into infrastructure. Together, the investment is expected to lead to additional infrastructure investment of A$125 billion, and add around 1 percentage point to GDP.

An additional A$3.7 billion will be directed towards road projects, including A$2.9 billion for Sydney’s WestConnex, Melbourne’s East-West Link, Adelaide’s North South Corridor, NT road upgrades, the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, and the Perth Freight Link. This funding will also extend to national highway upgrades, black spots, and the Roads to Recovery program. An additional A$2.9 billion will go to support the Badgerys Creek airport in Western Sydney, part of a larger ten-year A$3.5 billion Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan being delivered with the New South Wales government.

Research objectives                                                                                                                              
To promote the importance of foreign investment to economic growth
To encourage international integrative supply chain operations
To increase foreign direct investment to stimulate economic growth
To improve infrastructure invesment through foreign competition

 

Research projects                                                                                                                            

Understand the motivation for foreign direct investment

Study the adoption barriers to foreign direct investment

Analyse the importance of foreign investment to rural land values

                 Logo-Masthead                                 Asia Pacific Food and Fibre Summit – Melbourne                                30 - 31st October 2014

Objective: To create sustainable competitive value for Australian food and fibre products by improving the competitiveness and efficiency of Australian supply chains, encouraging product innovation, and promoting finance and investment opportunities.

Highlights: Key speakers from East Asia will discuss Australia from an Asian perspective at the Summit. The Dinner at the prestigious Queen’s Hall of the Victorian Parliament House will offer a 3 course dinner of locally produced food and wines, at which the Victorian Premier will speak on the benefits of Australian regional produce for Asian consumers. The Summit will occur immediately prior to Australia’s most prestigious horse racing carnival, with both the Victorian Derby and the McKinnon Stakes occurring at the Flemington race track on Saturday 1st November, followed by the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday 4th November.

Registration: Seats are limited at the prestigious Summit Dinner, so early registration and payment will secure a seat at the event.

Challenges for 2015                                                 

How do we develop and sustain an international competitive edge for Australian products?

What are the most serious obstacles in exporting Australian food and fibre products to Asia?

How do we improve the competitiveness and efficiency of Australian supply chains?

For more details and to register, visit the following webpage:                             

http://www.informa.com.au/conferences/food-conference/asia-pacific-food-fibresummit

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Williams, J., McSweeney, P., and Salmon, R. 2014, Australian farm investment: domestic and overseas issues, Australasian Agribusiness Perspectives Paper 98 – 2014, 1-18. Article - farm investment 2014

     

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