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New Australian Aid Initiative – Frontier Innovators

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The Australian Embassy is pleased to advise that on 25 July the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop, announced the opening of Frontier Innovators (speech transcript available here). Developed by DFAT’s innovationXchange (iXc), and operated by SecondMuse, Frontier Innovators is an open search to find 15 stand-out entrepreneurs with sustainable businesses that are having an impact in countries in the Asia Pacific.

 

Each winner will receive up to $100,000 to help scale their business as well as tailored business support and mentoring, including support to tell their story and measure their impact.

 

Applicants need to be generating revenue, looking to grow their business, and delivering development impact within the Asia-Pacific region. This may include start-ups, small to medium businesses looking to scale, social enterprises or NGOs with a revenue mechanism. Businesses may be based outside the region but need to be delivering impact in developing countries in the Asia-Pacific.

 

Frontier Innovators is the first step in a new $15 million social entrepreneurship program to support the ecosystem for businesses in our region using market-based approaches to deliver development outcomes. The Australian Government recognises that governments alone cannot realise the Sustainable Development Goals along. We must also leverage expertise, ideas and resources from the private sector.

 

For more information on eligibility and selection criteria please visit www.frontierinnovators.org. You can also email hello@frontierinnovators.org with any questions.

 

Applications close 30 September 2017.

Australian Government's Free Trade Portal

AG     The Australian Government's Free Trade Agreement PortalMr Steven Ciobo, the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment has announce the expansion of the Government's FTA Portal, delivering on the Government's election commitment to assist Australian businesses take advantage of the opportunities provided by the free trade agreements.Practical and user-friendly information about exporting into an additional nine overseas markets now appears on the FTA portal.The Portal is already helping Australian businesses to grow and create jobs by making it easier for them to identify the export opportunities generated by Australia's FTAs.The additional markets comprise Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, Brunei, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos, which together represent almost $75 billion in two-way trade (2015-16) for Australia.The Portal already covers FTAs with China, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and New Zealand. All of Australia's active FTAs will soon be available, with the United States and Chile to be added later this year.The latest update to the Portal also includes an interactive tool to help businesses decide whether a bilateral or plurilateral FTA offers the best access to an export market, since in some markets more than one FTA is available.

Australian Awards Scholarship

australia-awardsMessage from our Patron, Angela Corcoran, Australian AmbassadorLast week I co-hosted with HE Dr Ing Kantha Phavi, Minister for Women’s Affairs, an Australia Awards Scholarships information session at the Ministry of Women’s Affairs. It was great to see over 250 Cambodian Government officials attend, the majority of whom were women.I am committed to encouraging more Cambodian women to apply for Australian scholarships. Since the early 1990s, we have provided scholarships to over 730 Cambodians to study in Australia. Of these recipients, 200 scholarships were awarded to Cambodian women for studies in different areas, including accounting and finance; aquaculture; banking; engineering; development studies; environmental management; law; public administration; and social work.An Australia Awards Scholarship is a life changing opportunity for Cambodian women, who can use their overseas postgraduate qualification to enhance their skills and knowledge in their field of expertise.The Australian Government is committed to providing opportunities for all people, and applications are strongly encouraged from women, people with disabilities and people from the provinces. Applications for an Australia Awards Scholarship 2018 intake is now open until 30 April 2017.Further information is available on the Australia Awards Scholarships website – www.australiaawardscambodia.org
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