AustCham Korea’s submission to the Foreign Policy White Paper 2017

For the first time in 14 years, the Australian government has released its foreign policy blueprint, the ‘2017 Foreign Policy White Paper’. The White Paper will help Australia shape the external environment in a way that advances Australia’s interests and values, protects the independence of how we make decisions and preserves the strength and integrity of our institutions.

The White Paper states that “Australia’s long-term objective is to work towards a region-wide trade and investment arrangement defined by comprehensive rules to promote liberalisation, reform and a more seamless trading environment”.

As part of the public consultation process, the Australian Government welcomed submissions for the Paper from the broader community. AustCham Korea was the only foreign chamber to make a submission prior to the White Paper’s publication. This was noted by the Australian Finance Minister Mathias Corman during his visit to Seoul in October.