THE CHIEF MINISTER
Growing our economy’s exports is an important part of our business diversification and jobs strategy and is closely linked to the Government’s renewal agenda. An internationally competitive business sector feeds a strong economy, provides new opportunities for our citizens and creates the linkages for Canberra to continue to grow as a smart and vibrant city.
In 2016 we are looking to enhance the ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards program. My Government wants to use the program to engage with many more ACT exporters and give them a great vehicle to tell their stories to a national and international audience.
There are already some great company stories coming out of key sectors in our economy such as education, information technology, services to government, defence and security, health, sports, hospitality, tourism and the creative sector.
Whatever sector you are from, I encourage you to take a fresh look at the Awards. Not only are they about recognising and celebrating your achievements, but just being on the application journey is a chance to access support and advice from export professionals and make new connections for your business. The Awards also give you a way to sharpen your company’s narrative in an increasingly competitive world and help all of us project Canberra’s credentials internationally. I look forward to your participation.
Andrew Barr MLA ACT Chief Minister
Navigating Australia’s free trade agreements can be tough on your own, whether you’re an importer, exporter or investor. Complex legal processes and tricky red tape mean it can be difficult to make the most of trade agreements for your business.
That’s why the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has teamed up with Lexbridge, a specialist international trade and investment legal practice, to establish the Australian Chamber-Lexbridge Trade Law Support Service.read more