Doing Business in Australia – The Search for Stability and Predictability

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When it comes to investing in international business expansion these days there is often hesitation –  you tread lightly and scour Bloomberg Market Data Feed for any indication of positive trends.  As you search for the right overseas market to scale up your business or put down roots for your new start-up, Australia should be […]

Managing market exposure: China’s relationship with Australia in an era of volatility

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Increasingly clients are asking for advice when contemplating doing business in China particularly given the recent, aggressive stance taken by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) towards Australia with what appears to be the weaponising of economic relations. Then you have the experience of Jack Ma who clearly sailed too close to the wind with his […]

Discussion on Global Economic Outlook and Investment Evaluation

Geopolitics and doing business in Hong Kong and China. The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) World Economic Outlook was published in October 2019 and, as usual, provides a valuable back drop to international business investment decisions. One of the key observations discussed in that report is not that the emerging markets are making the most significant […]

Thoughts On How China Works and Where Business Should Focus

Geopolitics and doing business in Hong Kong and China. I’m forming a view that there are three general strategy ‘domains’ that need to be thought about when dealing with China.  These are interconnected and not unique to China but they demonstrate different facets to foreign interaction with the country.  I call these the Economic Domain, […]

A Visit to the World Internet Conference

Geopolitics and doing business in Hong Kong and China. I’ve been in China to visit the 6th World Internet Conference and Exhibition (WIC) that was held at the purpose build exhibition centre in Wuzhen, Zhejiang Province.  The focus this year is on AI, Internet of Things, and Cyber security. This latter topic is a hot […]

Getting it Right in Asia

The Asia-Pacific region has become the economic growth engine for the world, presenting massive potential for foreign businesses. As a group, Asian economies now represent as much as 40% of global GDP. 

This presents an exciting opportunity for Australian businesses.  But before you rush to expand your company into Asian markets, it’s important to step back and the nuances and challenges of the Asian region, so that you can get your strategy right.

Street Economics: Australia and the World

Australian politicians and government statisticians paint a picture of optimism in the first case and caution in the latter.  One can see the role of politicians to be positive and for the person in the street to carry on regardless, doing the best they can.  But, if you look at the High Street of any city or town in Australia, and other developed economies, you will see that not all is well.

Indonesia: A Serious Place to Invest

Indonesia is the third largest democracy in the world after the USA and India and is also the largest Muslim country by population.  People tend to know it more for the congestion of Jakarta and the beauty of Bali, than one of South East Asia’s (SEA) more attractive investment locations.

What does the US-China trade war mean for Australia?

Geopolitics and doing business in Hong Kong and China. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably aware of the US-China trade war. Over the past year, the world’s two largest economies have imposed tariffs on billions of dollars worth of one another’s goods. US President Donald Trump has long accused China of unfair […]

Growing the Australian Economy

I attended the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Business Leaders Summit at Parliament House in Canberra this week and the hot topic was how to maintain the continuing record of growth into twenty nine plus years for Australia.