The West Australian European Business Association is delighted to announce the 2021 WA European Business Week to take place 22nd -25th March 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.
This year, as a special feature of the annual WA EU Business & Innovation Forum on 24th March 2021, WAEBA will proudly launch the inaugural Mining & Energy Investment – Australia Europe Conference which will be held on 18 & 19 May 2021 at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Partnered exclusively with international mining conference giant SPIRE EVENTS who will deliver this inaugural European and Australian mining and energy conference event to Western Australia; it is hoped to become a regular event of the WA Resources events landscape in the future.
The conference is solely dedicated to the strategic development the mining and energy sector between Europe and Australia and to the diversification of supply of critical raw materials. This important conference is formally supported by the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Science Energy & Resources – Office of Critical Minerals Facilitation; AUSTRADE; The Delegation of the European Union in Australia; State Government of Western Australia. Sponsorship and Event Partnership is available to Industry.
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, space, defence, 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.