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Australia's Trade Diplomacy in Latin America - Chris Rodwell, CEO of CCI WA

Australia's Trade Diplomacy in Latin America - Chris Rodwell, CEO of CCI WA

Chris Rodwell, CEO of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA (CCIWA) discusses his passion for creative arts and how his curiosity led to a career working around the world, most recently as AusTrade Commissioner to Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Chris also explores the emergence of Latin America and how Perth has the opportunity to become a business and industry hub in the region. SHOW NOTES: • What is the role of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA? (2:20) • Following your curiosity – from university to your career (3:44) • Creative arts are fundamental in exploring humanity (4:45) • Importance of language today (6:30) • Disconnect between Australia’s education and a globalised world (7:55) • How Australian businesses value of in-country experience (9:00) • Australia’s direct and transactional approach in business relations (9:55) • Breakthroughs in trade diplomacy in Australia and Latin America (10:58) • The first ever trade delegation to Cuba (15:23) • Australia’s economic potential to work with Cuba (16:45) • The key opportunities in Latin America (19:42) • Perth’s potential as a business and industry hub in the region (28:10) • Connecting the business community with society (32:30)

Duration: 38 min

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