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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.

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The Australian Government’s Free Trade Agreement Portal

Mr 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.

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Message from our Patron, Angela Corcoran, Australian Ambassador

Last 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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Applications are now open for grant funding to support Australians to deepen their working relationships with international partners.

These small grants support professional, community and institutional linkages between Australia and its partners on issues of shared interest, such as business, innovation and science, women in leadership, education, the arts, media and sport.

For more details please click on the following link:

http://dfat.gov.au/people-to-people/foundations-councils-institutes/australia-asean-council/grants/Pages/grants.aspx

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To view the presentations from the Year Ahead Seminar, please click of the link below:

https://www.dropbox.com/home/AUSCHAM/Year%20Ahead%2017

  • Chea Serey, Director General National Bank of Cambodia

         The Cambodian economy and the accompanying challenges & opportunities that lie ahead in 2017 

 

  • Eelco Dijkhuizen, General Manager, Kantar TNS

          Outlook and Trends for Cambodian Consumer 


  • Simon Griffiths, Senior Associate Director & James Hodge, Head of Research & Valuation, CBRE Cambodia

          2016 Insights & Anticipating 2017 – Cambodia Real Estate    

 

  • Eugenia Victorino, ASEAN Economist South Asia, ANZ Bank

         Mekong’s journey up the manufacturing value chain

 

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Auscham is pleased to announce the eight winners of the 2017 Auscham & IDP 2017 Business Language Scholarships are:

Nitrogen Chemicals & Fertilizer (Royal Group)

Cambodian Country Club

Comin Khmere

Red & White International

DFDL Cambodia

CARE International in Cambodia

Hagar International

RHC Education

 

Company representatives together with their nominated staff member with be invited to attend a function on the  28th February at 6pm (venue to be advised shortly), when Ambassador Angela Cororan will officially announce the winners and present the scholarship vouchers.

Congratulations to all the winners and we look forward to seeing everyone on the 28th February.

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The Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program, which aims to create meaningful links between entrepreneurs across Asia. The eight day program, coordinated by Asialink, will focus on social impact entrepreneurship and will take place from 6-13 March 2017 in Melbourne and Sydney. Applications for the program close on 11 January 2017 – http://asialink.unimelb.edu.au/asialink-dialogues-and-applied-research/programs/Emerging-Leaders-Program .

 

Please click on the following link for further information https://www.dropbox.com/home/AUSCHAM/web%20items?preview=A2ELP+info+sheet.pdf

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Please click here to view soft copy of Intake 2018 Australia Awards Cambodia brochure (applications open 1 February 2017 and close 30 April 2017).  Brochures will be widely distributed in early 2017 along with a number of information sessions which will be advertised on our website http://australiaawardscambodia.org/.

 

You will note some policy changes to past scholarships cycles such as:

  • 24 month’s work experience can be obtained at any time –(previously the 24 months had to have been worked after completion of Bachelor’s degree)
  • There are no priority/focus areas of study – applications are encouraged from all fields of study
  • The stipend payable during pre-departure training to provisional awardees has been substantially increased

 

Increasing the number of women and people with a disability applicants continues to be a high priority. Please actively encourage women and people with a disability in your network to consider applying for an Award.