Post Webinar Update | Ambassador Update
29 May @ 10:00 am - 11 June @ 11:00 am
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Friday 29 May AustCham China held a webinar with H.E. Mr. Graham Fletcher, Australian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, supported by Daniel Boyer, General Manager Greater China, Minister (Commercial) at Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade); and Deanna Easton, Counsellor (Economic)
Mr Fletcher provided update on the Australia-China bilateral relationship, as well as a summary of the current COVID-19 situation both in Australia and China. Mr Fletcher noted Australia is remaining patient and looking forward to resuming a more constructive relationship with China in which our differences are managed rather than front and centre.
Ms Easton provided a detailed update on the economic impact of COVID-19 on China’s economy, along with a summary of China’s “Two Sessions” and what this means for Australian trade and investment. Ms Easton brought attention to significant measures in China’s work report such as raising 1 trillion RMB in special treasury bonds for the COVID-19 response. The central government will also increase its spending on infrastructure which Ms Easton expects will drive demand for Australian commodities.
Mr Boyer gave a rundown on airfreight, logistics, and current consumer trends. The speed of Australia’s recovery will rely on the ability to trade freely and openly with the world. With Industries such as education, seafood and tourism struggling, other Australian resources are holding well in China and globally. Covid-19 has been a reminder of the value of having a diversified trading base and an agile economy with over reliance on one product or one market being dangerous. Mr Boyer concluded by noting the importance for companies to have a social media presence, with it now being inextricably linked to e-commerce.
Join AustCham China on Friday 29 May for an online webinar with H.E. Mr. Graham Fletcher, Australian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China. Mr Fletcher will provide an update on the Australia-China bilateral relationship, as well as a summary of the current COVID-19 situation both in Australia and China.
Mr. Fletcher will be supported by Daniel Boyer, General Manager Greater China, Minister (Commercial) at Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade); and Deanna Easton, Counsellor (Economic) who will provide the latest information on bilateral trade, as well as projections on the ongoing economic impact of the COVID-19.
Date: Friday May 29
Time: 10:00AM – 11:00AM China Standard Time
RSVP: Register by clicking here or by scanning the QR code below.
H.E. Graham Fletcher
Australian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China
His Excellency, Mr Graham Fletcher is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and was most recently First Assistant Secretary, North Asia Division. He has previously served overseas as Deputy Head of Mission, Australian Embassy, Washington; Deputy Head of Mission, Australian Embassy, Beijing; Counsellor, Australian Embassy, Beijing; and Third Secretary, Australian Embassy, Beijing. He speaks Mandarin.
Mr Fletcher holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Sydney.
General Manager, Greater China, Minister (Commercial)
Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade)
Daniel is General Manager, Greater China, based in Beijing. Daniel leads a team of 111 staff across 9 offices delivering high quality trade and investment services to companies in Australia and Greater China.
Daniel joined Austrade in 2014, most recently leading the Government and Partnerships division. In his time at Austrade, Daniel has held a number of senior roles, including leading the reorganisation and restructure of the agency as the General Manager of the Positioning for our Future project.
Prior to moving to Austrade, Daniel worked in a number of Australian Government Agencies, most recently in Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). Daniel’s positions in DIBP included Regional Director East Asia, responsible for visa operations across North Asia and the Mekong economies, also based in Beijing.
Counsellor (Economic) at Australian Embassy Beijing
Ms Easton is Counsellor (Economic) at the Australian Embassy in Beijing.
She was previously posted in Geneva as Counsellor at the Australian Permanent Mission to the World Trade Organization from 2015-2018 where she represented Australia in services, investment and e commerce negotiations. From 2012-2015 Ms Easton coordinated Australia’s services trade policy as head of Services Trade and Negotiations Section in the Office of Trade Negotiations and was lead negotiator in the Trade in Services Agreement negotiations.
She previously worked in Policy Planning from 2010-2012 developing longer term economic and trade policy strategies for Australia. She was posted in Solomon Islands from 2008-2010.
Ms Easton joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 2007. She holds Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Asian Studies (Hons) from the Australian National University.