The 13th Australia New Caledonia Business Forum Takes Place in Noumea
The 13th Australia New Caledonia Business Forum was held in Noumea on 22 November. Arranged by the Australia Pacific Islands Business Council the Forum is the only bilateral business conference held between Australia and New Caledonia
— By APIBC
The 13th Australia New Caledonia Business Forum was held in Noumea on 22 November. Arranged by the Australia Pacific Islands Business Council the Forum is the only bilateral business conference held between Australia and New Caledonia.
The event commenced with a ‘Welcome to Delegates’ speech delivered by Mr Denis Etournaud, Vice President of the Australia Pacific Business Council on behalf of Council President Mr Gary Clifford. This was followed by the QBE Bertram Ballard Memorial Keynote Address presented by Mr Phillippe Germain, President of New Caledonia and Mr Paul Wilson, Australian Consul-General to New Caledonia. Both speakers reaffirmed the importance of the business relationship between both countries.
The Forum heard of the many common synergies between Australia and New Caledonia which can be leveraged for further collaboration by business. Notably, both countries have a strong resource sector with New Caledonia containing some 30% of the world’s known nickel reserves. This has the potential to create many bilateral business opportunities including in mining services.
Other potential areas include the agriculture, forestry and marine industries along with further growth in the digital, blue economy and renewable energy sectors. The forum also heard a presentation on a particularly successful joint venture in the seafood exports industry between an Australian and New Caledonian company.
The Forum heard a presentation a highly successful joint venture of the excellent collaboration in seafood exports between an Australian and New Caledonia company.
The inclusion of New Caledonia in the New Colombo Plan creates new opportunities in bilateral education which enables new student exchanges between the two economies.
The conclusion of PACER Plus negotiations in early 2017 will generate new opportunities for New Caledonia in the region should New Caledonia become a party to the Pacific regional trade grouping including Australia and New Zealand.
New Caledonia’s special access arrangements to Europe create opportunities for Australian companies to access the European market through joint ventures with New Caledonian businesses.
Collaboration with New Caledonia companies also creates opportunities for Australian companies to access European Union development assistance project funding in the Pacific Islands region.
The Australia Pacific Islands Business Council called on Governments to convene a meeting of business and government to discuss the further development and enhancement of the bilateral economic relationship as mandated to meet regularly by the Arrangement between the Government of Australia and the Government of New Caledonia on Trade and Economic Relations signed in 2002.
Following the Forum, Australia Pacific Islands Business Council Executive Director, Mr Frank Yourn, visited the Northern province. He was briefed on the exciting projects for economic development in the Voh, Kone, Pouembout and Poya (VKPP) regions. These regions offer many opportunities for collaboration in investment and service infrastructure between Australia and New Caledonia especially in tropical expertise which the Australian east coast tropical centres and New Caledonia have in common.
The Forum was wholly funded by sponsors and attendance fees by delegates. We thank all our sponsors for their support of this event. These include GOLD: ANZ Banking, Holding Redlich, and Royal Caribbean International. SILVER: Australian Trade and Investment Commission, Pacific Air Express, Bluescope, QBE, and the Australian Consulate-General in Noumea.
Download the event handbook here.
View event photos here.
Download the 13ANCBF Outcome Summary.
Pictured: Australian Consul-General in New Caledonia, Mr Paul Wilson, asking a question of Mr Adrian Weeks, Trade Commissioner at Austrade.
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