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AHK Canberra Delegation

by Sophia Brook
KAS Australia and the Pacific hosted a luncheon discussion for members of the German-Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in March.

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The topic focused on regional connectivity, supply chains and security integration as international geopolitical events are increasingly driving economic developments in the Indo-Pacific.

Taking a broader perspective, it is important to not only focus on recent outcomes of great power rivalries but also consider what these mean for future security and free trade concerns. As recent events in Europe have highlighted the interconnectedness of the world, with events in one region causing ripple effects to be felt across the globe, effective multilateralism and joint approaches are becoming increasingly important. This applies to all sectors and requires an assessment of existing policies and their effectiveness in terms of resources, capabilities and commitment to cooperation.

The discussions commenced with an input statement by the National Executive Director of the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA), Dr Bryce Wakefield, who spoke on current developments and trends in the region, sharing insights from his then recent travels to Fiji, Japan and India.

This closed-door event formed part of the German-Australian Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Canberra Delegation’, an annual event where members have the opportunity to engage with key policy makers in the ‘heart of the nation’, Canberra. This year’s delegation focused on energy, health and the Australia-EU Free Trade Agreement negotiations.

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