Trade and Economics
The ability of the food and grocery manufacturing industry to remain competitive and grow, both in domestic and international markets, is predicated to a large extent on the efficiency of both the macro and micro economic environments in which it operates. To ensure these environments remain conducive, the Trade and Economics Division engages with regulators, government officials and agencies through formal and informal mechanisms, networks and forums to advocate and influence economic policies that promote sustainable economic growth across the industry.
To support and promote a sustainable and efficient industry, the Trade and Economics Division specifically focuses on employment, taxation , innovation, infrastructure, competition, industry, resources and agriculture polices and regulation that impact productivity, competition and market efficiencies across both the more broader macro economy wide environment and more specifically the micro industry environment.
Additionally, with rising incomes and increasing consumer demand across Asia presenting export opportunities for Australian based food and beverage manufacturers, the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) is increasingly engaged on international trade issues. The AFGC undertakes policy advocacy for the sector on a range of international trade issues, and provides member services in partnership with a number of government and industry bodies.
WHAT WE DO
- Making submissions and participating in consultation processes with government on all economics issues that impact the industry.
- Providing policy input to key decision making forums on government policy.
- Advocate, educate and promote the relevance of the industry to the overall economic performance of the nation to both government departments and members of parliament.
- Providing key statistical and economic data and members experiences as inputs to the development of policy.
- Highlight and raise key issues that are impacting the competiveness and sustainability of the industry with key policy makers and parliament members
- Provide evidence based analysis for any potential new policy and its economic impact on the industry.
- Recommend to government new initiatives and policies that promote productivity and efficient competition across the industry.
- Network with other relevant industry organisations to ensure a consistent holistic supply chain perspective is considered by government in the development of policy.
- Ensuring members interests are protected in all Trade negotiations and international trade policies.
- Assist the government in promoting the industries capabilities across international markets.
- Assist specific members in addressing international trade related barriers.
The AFGC’s Trade and Economic Division works with its members to;
- Develop industry policies and positions aimed at ensuring sustainable economic growth.
- Promoting the industries interest and capabilities in international trade.
- Identifying and advocating solutions to economic issues that may impede competition and economic growth.
- Being a direct voice to government agencies and members of parliament on economic issues that impact members.
Peter Keogh, Director, Trade and Economics