Overcoming one of regional development’s biggest issues
Australia has not yet come to terms with the changes required to secure the much discussed ‘Asian opportunity’. While Free Trade Agreements have opened a pathway to realise the opportunity, the approach to engaging with new markets, particularly in Regional Australia, is still driven by a national commodity mindset. In contrast to the recent resources boom, our competitive advantages in tourism, agriculture and services will not guarantee success.
On September 4, the RAI will bring together international and local experts to address the economic potential in Asia for Australia’s regions. The RAI’s Forum: Can Regional Australia Make it in Asia? will be an opportunity to question whether regions and regional industries have the right strategy to take advantage of the Asian Century.
One of the international experts presenting at the event is established professor, research director, editor and author of 7 books, 90 academic journals and 45 book chapters, Professor Henry Wai-Chung Yeung.
Professor Yeung is an award-winning researcher specialising in economic globalization, global production networks, East Asian firms and the political economy of development. Since 2005, he has been Professor of Economic Geography at the National University of Singapore, whilst also holding adjunct professorship and directing a number of research institutions across the globe.
Professor Yeung will be discussing different modes and types of regional strategic coupling with global production networks and their implications for shaping regional development trajectories, touching on some implications for regional policy and practice.
The potential for economic expansion in international markets such as Asia hold significant opportunities for regional Australia. The knowledge and expertise of Professor Yeung and other guest speakers will be invaluable to those who want to get ahead in international markets.
The event will be held at the Shine Dome in Canberra on the 4th of September from 10am till 1pm. Tickets are available at http://www.regionalaustralia.org.au/home/archive-event/can-regional-australia-make-it-in-asia/