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UK and Australia Free Trade Agreement

Yesterday I was invited to participate and speak at the Round Table with the Governor of NSW Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Investment NSW led by Mr Stephen Cartwright (NSW Agent-General), DFAT, NSW Tourism and Home Affairs. Mr Cartwright led the discussion with the group in exploring opportunities and promoting the agreement. Also present were several members of the Immigration Industry Association (IIA). The discussion points were around the anticipated signing of this historic free-trade agreement as well as the current environment of skilled occupation.

At this meeting, I was able to discuss some of the barriers to success that may be considered, such as time frames for visa approvals, health care surcharges, skills and qualifications recognition (a point deer to my heart). As a result of this meeting, I have committed to the Immigration Industry Association (IIA) to work closely with the NSW Government in its endeavors to promote NSW as a place for investment and business opportunities for the future. I vehemently believe that the anticipated Free Trade Agreement will set forth a series of opportunities for the members of the IIA, not only for NSW, but for the whole of the UK and Australia.

Paula McGeown – Director and Co-Founder of the IIA will be leading the IIA’s working group on future opportunities. This agreement will provide all businesses with significant new economic pathways. We will be establishing our own events around this agreement and setting forth a series of public opportunities for people to engage with the Government and our membership. We will keep you informed of further development on this and the highly anticipated UK and NZ Free Trade Agreement.

I would like to personally thank the Agent-General of NSW Mr Stephen Cartwright for the invitation to this excellent event and of course the Governor of NSW Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC for taking the time to discuss the shared vision of promoting NSW as a place to live and do business.

We look forward to working closely with the NSW and Australian Governments on this important milestone.

If you wish to find out more about the Free Trade Agreement – please visit the official website – CLICK HERE


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