Driving Australia’s future economic engagement in Southeast Asia


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Leanne van Diemen


T: +61 3 9035 3789

The Government’s 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper commits Australia to strengthening its presence in Southeast Asia. Growing our trade, investment and professional links will be crucial drivers in that process.

Southeast Asia offers significant opportunities for Australian businesses, including education, tourism, agribusiness, professional services, e-commerce and infrastructure.

What does DFAT’s Southeast Asia economic strategy mean for Victorian businesses? How can Victorian businesses capitalise on the significant and growing prospects available on our doorstep? How can the Government help business navigate both the opportunities and the risks of doing business in the region?

Join us for a discussion on:

  • Economic developments and consumer trends in Southeast Asia’s diverse markets
  • Key sectors and industries to watch
  • International education, Digital economy and e-commerce opportunities
  • Connectivity, infrastructure and the ASEAN Economic Community
  • New Government initiatives in Southeast Asia

Date: Thursday, 13 December 2018
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Venue: The University of Melbourne
For expression of interest and more information:  please contact Leanne van Diemen at l.vandiemen@asialinkbusiness.com.au no later than Monday 10 December

Dr David Dutton has been an Assistant Secretary in the Southeast Asia Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade since August 2016. In this role he leads the strategy for implementation of the Foreign Policy White Paper by DFAT’s Southeast Asian country teams. He served most recently as Deputy Head of Mission in Manila from 2013 to 2016 and Minister-Counsellor Political in Washington from 2010 to 2013. He has worked on trade, environment, and international security among other issues in Canberra. Dr Dutton holds a PhD in history from the University of Melbourne.