The West Australian European Business Association is delighted to announce the 2021 WA European Business Week to take place 22nd -25th March 2021.
Full Programme Release January 2021
The European Union (EU) is the world’s largest economy with a population of 448 million people, a GDP of USD$18.7 trillion and averaged GDP growth rate of 1.6% across the EU27 nations.
As a bloc, the EU is Australia’s second largest trading partner, third largest export destination, and second largest services export market. In 2019 the EU was the largest source of foreign direct investment.
Progress towards a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) since negotiations began in 2018 have been strong and positive with eight comprehensive rounds of negotiations already accomplished. It is anticipated that when concluded by 2022, an FTA with the EU will increase two-way trade between Australia and the EU by as much as 30%.
In light of this favourable progress, we are delighted and privileged to announce that His Excellency, Dr. Michael Pulch, Ambassador of the EU to Australia will once again lead a European Trade and Diplomatic Delegation to Perth to participate in the WA European Business Week. The Delegation will be comprised of Australian based EU Member State Ambassadors, Trade Commissioners, Minister Counsellors and Trade Institutional Representatives all ready to do business with Western Australia.
For the 2021 WA European Business Week, WAEBA is extremely proud to launch a new prominent feature for the business week that we hope will establish itself as an important West Australian and European tradition. Partnered exclusively with international mining conference giant SPIRE EVENTS to deliver this inaugural European and Australian mining and energy conference event, WAEBA is set to present a world class WA EU Business Week.
The WAEBA Mining & Energy Investment – Australian & European Mining & Energy Investment Conference will take place as a one-day conference event on Wednesday 24th March 2021 to be held at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre and is the key Feature of the WA European Business Week for 2021.
A key policy of the EU Commission foresees to diversify its supply of raw critical minerals and energy sources. Many of the EU industries rely on these resources such as the automotive industry, the ICT sector, aerospace, communications, medical technology just to name a few.
This important industry discussion is a high priority area in both the WA State Government and the Commonwealth Government. The Mining & Energy Investment Australia Europe Conference event is set to form the platform that scopes the opportunity between WA and EU for trade, supply chain diversification and emerging innovation across the critical minerals and new energy landscape. It will provide a high level contact opportunity to WA business to connect with the EU at the business and institutional level for the first time in a single event.