Australian agribusiness: Economic growth and competitiveness

Australian agribusiness: Economic growth and competitiveness

NSW
Aug 14
The Federal Government notes that the outcomes in the forthcoming Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper will identify policies ensuring Australia's agricultural sector remains a significant long-term contributor to the national economy. Join CEDA as we identify opportunities to boost the agricultural contribution to economic growth and investment.

Speakers

Brian Wilson, Chair, Foreign Investment Review Board
Mark Allison, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Elders Limited
Mark Palmquist, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, GrainCorp Limited
Michael Whitehead, Director - Agribusiness Insights, ANZ

Event overview

The Australian agribusiness sector occupies a significant place in the Australian economy and has a strong track record in attracting international investment. Investment in agribusiness, whether it be capitalising on export potential or improvements to infrastructure, is important for growth and innovation, creating links to global value chains, and contributing to the prosperity of local business, rural communities and national output.

However, foreign investment has emerged as a contested policy issue for the agribusiness sector. Recent decisions to reduce the Foreign Investment Review Board screening threshold for foreign investment in agricultural land, it is argued, weakens investor confidence.

One of the policy imperatives identified in the Federal Government’s Green Paper is the maintenance of the family farm at the production level of Australian agribusiness. Yet, the prospect of Australian agribusinesses capitalising on export opportunities will largely depend on the ability of farmers and food producers to access capital through various financing and business models.

CEDA’s NSW 2015 Agribusiness outlook will explore:

  • Recent policy decisions in relation to foreign investment and implications for the agribusiness sector;
  • Recent trends in funding and investment structures;
  • Enhancing agribusiness infrastructure through investment in storage facilities and the logistics network; and
  • Capitalising on export opportunities in emerging Asian markets.

Meet the keynote speaker

Brian Wilson
Chair, Foreign Investment Review Board

Meet the speakers

Mark Allison
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Elders Limited

Mark Palmquist
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, GrainCorp Limited

Michael Whitehead
Director - Agribusiness Insights, ANZ

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