2019 WA-ASEAN Trade and Investment Dialogue

The WA-ASEAN Trade and Investment Dialogue 2019 explored how connectivity can support deeper economic ties between Western Australia and its regional neighbours. Building on the inaugural dialogue in November 2018, this year aimed to understand the current patterns and future opportunities for economic connectivity between Western Australia and Southeast Asia.  The dialogue brought together leading representatives from government, business and youth in WA and its key Southeast Asian economic partners to promote the economic capacities of Western Australia, and discuss the benefits and opportunities from deeper connectivity with Southeast Asia.

There is significant potential for new economic partnerships between Western Australia and Southeast Asia. Shared geography links the state its northern neighbours, while economic complementarity supports economic partnerships. There are particular opportunities in services and technology sectors where Western Australian capabilities are well matched to regional needs. However, the potential for these trade and investment partnerships requires strong connectivity between the state and its Southeast Asian neighbours. Connectivity is central to this capacity-building endeavour. Defined as the strength of international ties – across infrastructural, technological and people-to-people (P2P) domains – connectivity is a key enabler of economic links.


I look forward to welcoming international and local delegates to the 2019 WA-ASEAN Trade and Investment Dialogue.

There is no better place than Perth, Western Australia to hold this vitally important dialogue.  Through our recently launched Western Australian Asian Engagement Strategy 2019-2030, the McGowan Government has a plan to enhance our longstanding connection with the rich and diverse people, cultures and markets of the world’s most exciting region.
The Western Australian Government is forging stronger links and deeper connections across Asia and ASEAN is critical to establishing diverse trade and investment opportunities.
In this context, I am keen to hear delegates’ views on practical strategies to increase our connections, boost trade and grow the region’s prosperity.
Please do also take time to enjoy the variety of experiences that our international, vibrant city and surrounding areas provide.

Hon Peter Tinley AM MLA

Minister for Housing, Veterans Issues, Youth, Asian Engagement


Perth USAsia, WA-ASEAN Trade & Investment Dialogue, 2019. Photo credit & copyright ©: ‘Csfoto – Christian Sprogoe photographer’


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