Austrade, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, AustCham ASEAN and regional bilateral business chambers and councils are hosting a special webinar briefing on Australian business in the ASEAN region, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Australian business interests.

Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, will be the keynote speaker.

Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, the mood among Australian businesses in ASEAN was buoyant: firms were confident and there was a strong desire to increase trade and investment across the region. The outbreak has dulled this outlook, with many firms expecting a negative impact on their business.

The speakers will provide updates on the business landscape across the region and discuss how firms can navigate through the crisis and continue to capitalise on opportunities created by the strategic partnership between Australia and ASEAN.

Speakers:

1. Minister Birmingham will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on Australian business in ASEAN and the Australian Government response

2. Chau Ta, President, AustCham ASEAN will speak about the work of the chamber and the key findings of the Australian Business in Australian Business in ASEAN Survey 2020

3. Fraser Thompson, Director, AlphaBeta Singapore and Founding Director of AustCham ASEAN will share his experience as an Australian firm doing business in the region

4. Jane Duke, Australia’s Ambassador to ASEAN and patron of AustCham ASEAN will discuss how Australia is engaging ASEAN on the pandemic response

Note: Austrade is recording this webinar session and may make the recorded version of the webinar (including all audio and visual elements) accessible to internal Austrade staff and the general public via the Austrade website and other communication means.