Australia Day Breakfast Briefing: The EU-Australia Free Trade Agreement Negotiations-Frankfurt, January 2019

The German Australian Business Council kicked off 2019 with an event with Jason Collins, CEO of the European Australian Business Council, updating our members and friends on the current status of the EU-Australia Free Trade Agreement negotiations.

Jason set the context with a general economic outlook for Australia and its bilateral relationship with Europe before delving into the core tenets of the EU-Australia Free Trade Agreement negotiations. There was much discussion around the table of the potential impact on the flow of services, investment, and people.

This event was the first of our series on the EU-Australia Free Trade Agreement. There will be another update with the Australian Business in Europe (ABIE) network in July.

In the meantime, here are some links for additional information on the EU-Australia Free Trade Agreement:

http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/countries-and-regions/countries/australia/

https://dfat.gov.au/trade/agreements/negotiations/aeufta/Pages/default.aspx

Melbourne Cup Reception- Frankfurt, November 2018

On the 6th of November 2018, members and friends of the German Australian Business Council gathered at the Mantis Roofgarden in Frankfurt to embrace the essence of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. Guests enjoyed an Aussie-style BBQ buffet combined with numerous alcoholic beverages while delightfully socializing within the wonderfully lit atmospheric venue.

Congratulations to Oliver Schmidt who was the lucky winner of our sweepstake, tickets for two from the VRC to the Melbourne Cup Carnival 2019. Other stylish winners for the best dressed male and female were: Mr Robert Retz and Mrs Claudia Enke who were presented with a 50€ gift voucher kindly sponsored by the Australien Shop Frankfurt.

The German Australian Business Council expresses great appreciation to our generous sponsors and partners for this successful evening: Aesop, Australien Shop Frankfurt, Victoria Racing Club and Visit Victoria.

 


 

 

GABC Christmas Celebration- Munich, December 2018

On Tuesday, the 11th of December, the Munich Chapter of the German Australian Business Council enjoyed an early Christmas dinner at Zum Straubinger. With cheer abounding, we were joined by 15 members and friends to celebrate 2018. The evening was capped off was some spirited Eisstockschießen competition and Gluhwein with both the red and blue teams performing very well!

We thank all those who have been a part of the German Australian Business Council Events in Munich this year and wish everyone a Guten Rutsch into 2019!

GABC / IBCM Business Networking Event – Munich Global and Transatlantic Trade Update

The German Australian Business Council together with the International Business Council Munich was delighted to present an update by Professor Dr. Gabriel Felbermayr on the ‘Global and Transatlantic Trade Situation’. The event was held in Munich on Wednesday, December 5, 2018.

Prof. Dr. Gabriel Felbermayr is one of Germany’s very top global trade experts. Given the recent heated rounds of political discussions on trade and looming tariffs, this was certainly a highly informative and insightful discussion. Having recently received inside information from the recent G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Prof Felbermayr changed the title of his presentation to ‘The Return of the Trade Warriors’.

More than 50 participants from various international associations attended the presentation and  subsequent discussion moderated by GABC member Larry Schulz. A buffet dinner with the opportunity to make new contacts concluded the enjoyable evening.

The International Business Council Munich (IBCM), a business networking forum that brings together members of 16 international business organizations active in the Munich area, was launched in 2017.  The IBCM’s mission is “to combine the strengths of the participating IBCM groups in joining for business events of mutual interest and in addressing topics of common interest.  An umbrella organization, the IBCM provides an organizational interface, supports the sharing of ideas, facilitates making new business contacts, and stimulates learning.”

 

The slides from Prof Felbermayr’s presentation can be viewed in the file below:

20181205_TransAtlantic_GF_Slides

 

German Australia Business Council represented at the EU Australia Senior Leaders Forum

German Australian Business Council Board Members, The Hon. André Haermeyer and Sabine Pittrof attended the EU-Australia Senior Leaders Forum in Brussels. Sponsored by the EU and supported by the Australian government, the Forum brought together European and Australian leaders to discuss a wide range of topics concerning today’s world, ranging from geo-political challenges to digitalisation, environment and the proposed Free Trade Agreement between the EU and Australia. The Forum provided an excellent opportunity for leaders from both continents to exchange information and learn from each other’s experience.

The photos show Board Members with Patron emeritus David Ritchie (below) and a group shot of the German delegates to the Forum in the Brussels Town Hall (cover photo).



 

 

 

AHK Australia Breakfast- Frankfurt, October 2018

On 2 October 2018, the German Australian Business Council invited members and friends to an exclusive breakfast briefing in Frankfurt with Ms Alexandra Voss, Executive Director of the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (AHK Australia).

Prior to her appointment as the new AHK Executive Director earlier this year, Ms Voss was the Chief Representative of the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce and Managing Director of the German Chamber of Commerce in Beijing.

The AHK Australia, with offices in Sydney and Melbourne, has over 40 years of experience and a competent team of experts and partners who can deal with all facets of the Australian market.

The event provoked lively discussion over an enjoyable German breakfast.

ABIE International Networking meeting Madrid 19th-20th October 2018

The representatives of the Australian Business In Europe (ABIE) groups met in Madrid on October 19th and 20th, 2018 to discuss how to further improve the relationship between the member national groups and to plan future common activities and events. The meeting was organized by ASBA (Spain) with participants from Australia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain and the UK.

The Australian Ambassador to Spain, H.E. Ms. Julie-Ann Guivarra invited the participants for pre-dinner drinks at her residence and also attended the meeting for two hours to discuss the EU-AUS Free Trade Agreement, which is still in the negotiation phase. ABIE groups were asked to give their country-specific input to the drafting team. (ABIE France and GABC have already sent their submissions).

Best practice workshops were held on various topics of interest. It was agreed that the joint website www.abie.eu is a popular site and an excellent platform to share information internationally.

GABC Board member Eberhard Goihl, who attended the meetings, summarised the event as a well-structured and very productive. The meeting provided a strong base for further activities and multinational collaboration.

 

Business Networking at Oktoberfest 2018- Mittags Wies’n Event

On 05 October 2018, the 4th GABC Oktoberfest Business Networking Lunch Event took place at the Löwenbräu Festzelt.

Everybody enjoyed the unique lunchtime atmosphere with typical Bavarian white blue sky weather outside and nice music, several Mass of beer and the obligatory Oktoberfest Hendl in the tent. A lot of interesting conversations took place with many new contacts made.

 

GABC-MING Business Networking at Oktoberfest!

On 30 September 2018, the GABC Oktoberfest Business Networking Event took place in the Schottenhamel Festzelt. Together with more than 200 participants of the MING (Munich International Networking Groups), everybody enjoyed the unique, lunchtime Oktoberfest atmosphere.

The typical Bavarian blue sky outside and classic Oktoberfest atmosphere inside the tent made for a great afternoon of excellent music, beer by the Mass and Oktoberfest Hendl (roast chicken).

All guests had the opportunity to participate in interesting networking and conversation with fellow attendees from a wide range of industries.

 

QUT in Germany Breakfast, Munich, September 2018

On September 21, 2018, the German Australian Business Council enjoyed an informal breakfast roundtable presented by QUT.  GABC Board Members Eberhard Goihl and Elisabeth Opie had the pleasure of welcoming Professor Scott Sheppard, QUT Deputy President – International in Munich. Scott’s portfolio areas are international student recruitment, international research strategy and engagement.

QUT is proud of its tradition in being able to secure internships for its students (domestic and international) and the clear benefits this has for both  the students in preparation for the workforce and for employers who will have had the opportunity to see their abilities. Scott talked about the results of a recent QUT survey on the relevance of the University for its students, alumni,  researchers and staff in connecting and working in the Real World. 

QUT Alumni can be found worldwide and remain an important part of the QUT community, both as ambassadors for the university and in supporting current students and research programs.

Scott was accompanied by Shelagh Whittleston, European Representative, QUT and by Ian McFadden, Director QUT Global.