Hong Kong Chamber: A Letter From Canberra (Sep 2017)

As home to world class educational institutions, the seat of government and the centre of a Capital Region brimming with quality seafood and primary produce, the Australia-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement has the potential to open up a range of opportunities for our nation’s bush capital, Canberra.

The Australian National University is Australia’s top university and among the top 20 universities in the world.

The latest QS World University Rankings for 2018 places ANU among the great research and educational institutions in the world and in the top 0.1 percent of the 26,000 universities on the planet.

The QS rankings are based on the expert opinion of more than 75,000 academics and 40,000 major employers around the world. They also analysed 12.3 million papers and more than 75 million research citations.

With Hong Kong facing a skills shortage, demand for work ready employees is strong and vocational education – in which Australia is a world leader – is also on offer in Canberra through the Canberra Institute of Technology.

And as the centre of Commonwealth government in Australia, Canberra is home to international and national expertise in governance, procurement, ICT, medical and health services, public policy and financial and environmental management and scientific research and development at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.

But one of the real growth areas in our globalised world is in the abundant natural resources sourced from the Capital Region. Fresh oysters and fish from the South Coast. Award-winning wine from Murrumbateman, Bungendore and Lake George. Olive oil from Collector. Bacon and smoked salmon from Pialligo Estate. Truffles from Mt Majura and Tarago.

With strong people to people connections through more than 100,000 Australians living in Hong Kong and 95,000 Hong Kong born living in Australia and complementary economies, the possibilities of even stronger links from the FTA are boundless.

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