FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch is encouraging Cairns businesses to take advantage of a “golden opportunity” to expand into overseas markets, thanks to the Coalition Government’s landmark export trade agreements with other countries.
“These trade deals are part of our National Economic Plan to create more local jobs and attract new investment,” said Mr Entsch.
“Now is the time to grab this golden opportunity and find ways to take on new staff and grow your business through exporting your products or services to our trading partners.”
Mr Entsch said the Coalition’s recently concluded export trade agreements with China, Japan and Korea was already delivering thousands of job and growth opportunities for businesses in Far North Queensland.
“As a result of our trade initiatives, Australia’s economy is projected to be more than $24 billion larger by 2035,” he said.
“A re-elected Turnbull Government will also launch free trade agreement negotiations with the European Union, and explore the feasibility of trade negotiations with Canada, Mexico and Colombia. We will also pursue new opportunities in the Indo-Pacific region.
“This is about securing our country’s future prosperity and driving job growth through trade and investment,” he said.
Mr Entsch added that a re-elected Turnbull Government would continue to help small businesses to grow internationally through:
Delivering an enterprise tax cut for Australia’s small businesses;
Establishing a single window for all export documentation to drastically simplify export processes for businesses;
Assisting businesses to connect with key export markets through information seminars and the expansion of the Free Trade Agreement portal to cover all existing Free Trade Agreements;
Establishing a Professional Services Mutual Recognition Unit;
Implementing the National Strategy for International Education 2025;
Securing access for local exporters to the multi-billion dollar government procurement markets of 45 economies by joining the World Trade Organization’s Government Procurement Agreement.
Mr Entsch encouraged local businesses to visit the Australian Trade and Investment Commission’s website, www.austrade.gov.au/Australian/Export/guide-to-exporting, for a step-by-step how to expand their business by exporting.