November 2018 Message from AmCham CEO undefined
November 2018
Message From AmCham CEO April Palmerlee

The first Tuesday in November means two things to me: Melbourne Cup and Election Day. At the Chamber, both of these events are meaningful. Major sporting events are big business and many of our members are involved in event sponsorship, corporate entertaining, and support industries such as hospitality, tourism or infrastructure. And in terms of the US mid-term elections, the resulting divided government may have trade implications that Australia needs to be aware of, such as Russian sanctions or arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Indications are, however, that the president’s confrontational approach to China will continue as there has been bipartisan support to tackle Chinese IP theft, forced technology transfer, and unbalanced investment regulations. I will lead a delegation to Washington in July 2019 to address these and other matters of importance to businesses in the Asia-Pacific. Please in joining me to speak with members of the Trump Administration, the Senate, the House, and relevant government departments.


I spoke with the ABC’s Elysse Morgan about the impact of the midterms on business opportunities for Australian investors.

The other big news this month was the nomination of Washington lawyer as US Ambassador to Australia; his appointment is subject to Senate confirmation. An ambassador would take over from Chargé d’Affaires Jim Carouso, who has been the top US diplomat in Australia for more than two years. All AmCham members have expressed their appreciation of the exceptionally fine job the Chargé has done to support two-way trade and investment between the countries.


Although we are quickly approaching the end of the year, AmCham still has plenty of events before the holidays. I will be leading a large delegation of AmCham companies to the US to explore opportunities for engagement in the US space industry. The Sydney office is hosting AmCham’s first ever Diversity and Inclusion conference. Queensland is offering members a chance to learn how to do business in the US through the City of Logan on their Biz Bus. Adelaide is highlighting the importance of the SA wine industry with a stellar panel. Melbourne is hosting their annual Golf Day with Deloitte. And in Perth, the question is how to to maximise growth and innovation.


In the policy sector, we are still seeking your input on specific impediments to further investment in Australia. In this booming economy, what’s holding you (or your clients) back? Tell us how we can advocate for more effective regulations and tangible assistance for your sectors.


Finally, I’d like to draw your attention to our AmCham Academy for High Potential Talent in Sydney and Melbourne in 2019. These year-long courses are an excellent opportunity for your company’s rising stars to meet senior industry and government leaders, make new connections, and learn how to be global leaders. This opportunity is available only to members and spaces are very limited. I encourage anyone considering signing up to get in before the 10 December deadline.



Thank you for your support,


April Palmerlee

Chief Executive Officer

American Chamber of Commerce in Australia

P 02 8031 9000 | E


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Business Luncheon with Westpac

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FRI 16 NOV | 12pm - 2pm | The Hotel Windsor, Melbourne


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We talk increasingly of the need for businesses to foster innovation. But what does this actually mean? George Frazis will help break down the fundamentals of building and cementing an innovative culture and explore why in today's environment, more than ever before, it's crucial for businesses to champion and embrace innovation.

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THU 22 NOV | 7.30am - 6pm | Brisbane CBD


AmCham’s next Biz Bus, in collaboration with Logan City Council, will provide excellent networking opportunities and will help broaden your understanding of why Queensland is the ideal place to do business. The tour will visit companies that have long established as well as newly secured contracts with the US. Delegates will also hear from en route presenters on How to do Business in the US, covering topics such as taking the first steps, to tax, visas, and funding options to help you secure your next deal.

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THU 22 NOV | 12pm - 2pm | Hilton Sydney


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We talk increasingly of the need for businesses to foster innovation. But what does this actually mean? George Frazis will help break down the fundamentals of building and cementing an innovative culture and explore why in today's environment, more than ever before, it's crucial for businesses to champion and embrace innovation.

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FRI 23 NOV | 11.45am - 2pm | InterContinental Adelaide


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Half of all Australian vineyards are in South Australia and account for almost 80% of Australia’s premium wine production produced from some of the oldest vines in the world. Our panel will discuss SA’s reputation for excellent quality and assurance standards so consumers and investors can be confident the wine is high quality, clean, and safe.

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