Awards Launch a great success

The 2015 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards were officially opened by Chief Minister Andrew Barr on Thursday 18 June at Canberra International Airport. Canberra Business Chamber chair Mr Glenn Keys got proceedings underway, welcoming the sponsors and guests. Glenn was followed by Canberra Airport’s Noel McCann who spoke about how the Canberra Airport is proud to be involved in this year’s awards, their positive effect and the airport’s upcoming developments.

Mr Barr then took to the stage to officially launch the awards recognising the positive effect the awards have on the ACT business community.

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Lerida Estate Shiraz Viognier Scores London Trophy

The Lerida Estate 2013 Shiraz Viognier has been awarded a trophy at the 2015 International Wine Challenge (IWC) in London. The trophy follows the Gold medal that the wine was awarded last week at the same show. The wine is now a contender for the Champion Trophy which will be presented at the lavish IWC Awards Dinner in London on Thursday 16 July 2015. The trophy winning wine has been described by the judges as a ‘benchmark wine’.

The IWC is accepted as the world’s finest and most meticulously judged wine competition. Every wine is assessed blind and judged for its faithfulness to style, region and vintage. Throughout the rigorous judging process, each medal-winning wine is tasted on three separate occasions by at least 10 different judges.

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China Free Trade Agreement Details Within Weeks of Release

Six months after the deal was struck, the full details of Australia’s trade agreement with China are expected to be released within weeks. Austrade’s top official in Beijing, Michael Clifton, has told the ABC has officials from both countries are finalising the exact wording of the deal in English and Chinese. “My understanding is that we’re on track towards a signing of the agreement, in the next six to eight weeks,” he said. “And we would hope to see entry into force before year’s end.”
Trade Minister Andrew Robb’s office has confirmed the deal is likely to be finalised by the end of June. The Prime Minister Tony Abbott and China’s President Xi Jinping signed the agreement at an ceremony Canberra in November. “I am pleased to announce the completion of negotiations for a China-Australia Free Trade Agreement,” Mr Abbott said in statement released at the time. Yet the exact details of the agreement have remained a mystery for six months.

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Congratulations to our 2014 Winners

Congratulations again to the winners of the 2014 Chief Minister’s Export Awards – and to Seeing Machines for being crowned 2014 ACT Exporter of the Year!

Last year’s winners were announced during the Export Awards Luncheon at the Hyatt Hotel in Yarralumla on October 14 2014.

In 2o15 we are looking forward to more amazing finalists and winners representing the Canberra region globally, and hope to again have our winners recognised at a national level through the Australian Export Awards.

The winners of the 2014 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards are:

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