04 jul 2018
Australia

AUSTRALIAN AND SPANISH OFFICIALS ANALYZE BILATERAL TRADE AND INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES

The Australian Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government, John McVeigh and the Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, participated in the meeting.

CEOE, the State Secretariat for Trade and Spain’s Chamber of Commerce organized a Spain-Australia business meeting at the headquarters of the Business Confederation to analyse bilateral trade and investment opportunities. The meeting was attended by the Australian Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government, John McVeigh; the new Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto; the president of CEOE, Juan Rosell; the recently appointed Secretary of State for Trade, Xiana Margarida Méndez; the Spanish Chamber of Commerce’s director general, Inmaculada Riera; and the director of ICEX’s Invest in Spain, María Jesús Fernández. On the Australian side, attendants included the Chairman of the European-Australian Business Council, Jason Collins and the senior commissioner for Trade and Investments from AUSTRADE for Spain and France, Jennifer Mackinlay.

Spain-Australia business meeting at CEOE
Spain-Australia business meeting at CEOE — ©CEOE

EU-Australia negotiations

The president of CEOE, Juan Rosell, explained that Spanish companies are top level reliable partners that Australian companies trust completely when it comes to undertaking joint projects in Spain.  In this regard, he said that Spanish businessmen have particularly welcomed the opening of negotiations between the EU and Australia with the aim of reaching a wide and extensive trade agreement. Rosell stressed that such an agreement will not only mean the elimination of almost all tariffs, but also an improvement in conditions to access the services sector and public procurement market, as well as the establishment of a framework of institutional economic cooperation that will represent a great step in the consolidation of economic relations between the EU and Australia. The President of CEOE took this opportunity to announce the visit of a CEOE business delegation over October 20-28, following the visit from the European-Australian Business Council delegation, which aims to explore new business opportunities.