The story appears on

Page A11

April 25, 2017

GET this page in PDF

Free for subscribers

View shopping cart

Related News

Home » Business » Finance

Australia wants FTA with HK to cement ties

THE Australian government has announced it will pursue a free trade agreement with Hong Kong in an attempt to secure further service export opportunities for Australian businesses.

Australia’s Trade Minister Steve Ciobo said securing an FTA with Hong Kong would “strengthen the trading partnership” with one of Australia’s “most significant” trading partners.

Australia already has a zero tariff agreement with Hong Kong. However, the FTA would be aimed at securing easier access for “services exports” and ensure Hong Kong would remain open for Australian business.

Under the proposed deal, Australian businesses would be allowed to operate within the mega economy without establishing “on-the-ground” operations within Hong Kong.

“With Asia’s emerging middle class projected to grow from 600 million today to 3 billion by 2035, the potential for services exports is significant,” Ciobo said yesterday.

“Hong Kong is an important trade and investment partner for Australia, in its own right and as a global hub for the movement of capital and goods between the mainland and the rest of the world.”

“An FTA with Hong Kong would complement our FTA with China and further integrate the Australian economy with Asia.”

Ciobo said: “Hong Kong is Australia’s leading business base in East Asia.”


Copyright © 1999- Shanghai Daily. All rights reserved.Preferably viewed with Internet Explorer 8 or newer browsers.

沪公网安备 31010602000204号

Email this to your friend