Australia and Indonesia sign trade deal

Australia and Indonesia have signed the much-delayed Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA), opening up new trade opportunities for the two nations. Trade minister, Simon Birmingham, signed the agreement with his Indonesian counterpart, H.E Enggartiasto Lukita, in Jakarta, Indonesia, yesterday. The agreement has implications for all sectors as 99 per cent of Australian goods by…

@AuManufacturing shines at National Manufacturing Week

@AuManufacturing news, and its parent the Australian Manufacturing Forum Linkedin networking group, will shine at National Manufacturing Week Eight CEOs, chosen from the Forum’s 5,000-strong membership, will feature as in previous years, in key events at this year’s leading manufacturing event from 14 to 17 May. This year the Forum and @AuManufacturing are hosting two…

Submarine build – not such a boon for Adelaide?

Defence and industry officials testifying to Senate estimates this week have cast doubt on the potential benefits to the South Australian economy of Australia’s $50 billion French submarine buy. The most damaging testimony to government assurances came from Defence’s deputy secretary, Stephen Johnson, questioned by SA Senator Penny Wong. While the government has claimed the…