Seminar on New Caledonia organized by the French Australia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FACCI) in Queensland [fr]
In 2002, the governments of Australia and New Caledonia signed an historic arrangement on Trade and Economic Relations.
To implement the arrangement, the Australia Pacific Islands Business Council (APIBC) has since called on the two governments to meet to discuss the further development and enhancement of the bilateral economic relationship. These bilateral meetings, held under the auspices of APIBC, are organized by the Australia New Caledonia Business Forum, the only bilateral business conference held on a yearly basis between Australia and New Caledonia.
Following the 14th Australia New Caledonia Business Forum, arranged in September 2018 by APIBC, the French Australia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FACCI) in Queensland is organizing a seminar on New Caledonia, to be held in Brisbane on April 1st.
The 2019 Forum aims to identify synergies between Australia and New Caledonia as both countries boast strong resource sectors. It offers information on opportunities for Australian business in New Caledonia’s economy and vice-versa.
New Caledonia will be represented at the Forum in Brisbane by Dr Yves Lafoy, Official Representative of New Caledonia to Australia (Hypertext link) and by Mr Alain Etchegaray, representative of New Caledonia Trade & Invest (NCT&I) (https://www.facebook.com/avenirexport.nc/), New Caledonia’s one-stop shop for exports.
The Official representative of New Caledonia to Australia and the Australian Consul-General in New Caledonia, Mr Paul Wilson, will be keynote speakers. The Representative of New Caledonia will touch base on the Territory’s institutional framework, following the referendum on self-determination and prior to the Provincial elections to be held in May, and on how these events impact New Caledonia’s economy.
Following the keynote addresses, two panels on Trade and Investment and on Business will be held, involving Australian and French governmental agencies, together with Australian entrepreneurs active in New Caledonia and throughout the Pacific region.
The Embassy of France in Canberra will be represented by Mr Antoine Chery, Minister Counsellor, Head of the French economic service for Australia and the Pacific.