Australian Services Roundtable President James Bond has been appointed to the Morrison Government’s Ministerial Advisory Committee on Free Trade Agreements. In a release published by his office, Minister Simon Birmingham said “the MAC would form an important part of the Morrison Government’s commitment to enhancing transparency around FTA negotiations.”
“This forum brings together a broad cross-section of business, industry and community representatives with trade expertise to help inform Australia’s negotiations and policies going forward,” Minister Birmingham said.
“Our commitment to free trade and open markets continues to play a major role in our strong position that has seen Australia record 28 consecutive monthly trade surplus in a row.
“With our free trade agreement negotiations with the UK starting today, and our ongoing negotiations with the EU, this forum will provide an important opportunity to hear the views of experts from industry and groups.
“The MAC will also build on existing consultative processes for our FTA’s which includes ongoing stakeholder engagement programs, complementing the important work of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties.”