Australia Asia Economic Engagement

Australia Asia Economic Engagement

Jul 22
CEDA welcomes  DFAT’s Chief Negotiator, Regional Trade Agreements Division, Elizabeth Ward, to the CEDA lectern, to provide insight on Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), the status of the Australia-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement (A-HKFTA) and the Indonesia-Australia Closer Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA).


Elizabeth Ward, Chief Negotiator for Australia , Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Event overview

FTAs open opportunities for Australian exporters and investors to expand their businesses into key overseas markets. They can improve market access across all areas of trade — goods, services and investment — and help to maintain and stimulate the competitiveness of Australian firms. This benefits Australian consumers through access to a range of better value goods and services.
FTAs do not just reduce and eliminate tariffs and quotas, they also address behind-the-border barriers that impede the flow of goods and services between parties, encourage investment, enhance cooperation and can address other issues such as intellectual property, e-commerce and government procurement.

Event presentations

Elizabeth Ward, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade MP3

Moderated discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF

Meet the keynote speaker

Elizabeth Ward
Chief Negotiator for Australia , Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Elizabeth Ward is the Chief Negotiator for Australia in the Regional Trade Agreements Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  In 2017-2018 she was Chief Negotiator in the Australia-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement negotiations.  From 2014 to early 2017 she was Australia’s Chief Negotiator in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiation, and from 2012 to 2014 the Deputy Chief Negotiator.  From 2010-2014 she oversighted Australian negotiations on the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, and the ITA extension. From 2007 to late 2010 she was Minister-Counsellor for Trade Policy in the Australian Embassy, Washington DC.  In the five years preceding this appointment she was Canberra-based, and worked for much of this time in Australia’s agriculture negotiating team on the WTO Doha Round.  Elizabeth has also had postings in India and Egypt.

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