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Chief Minister launches Canberra International Support Network

12 April 2016 [Singapore] - A new initiative launched today in Singapore by the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Chief Minister in partnership with Canberra Business Chamber (CBC) will help local companies connect with experts and potential partners to expand their international reach and draw further investment into the region.

 The Canberra International Support Network (CISN) is a platform for professionals based in the ACT and in key overseas markets to share knowledge and opportunities. The first Canberra International Support Network (CISN) will focus on Singapore, with other trade partners to follow.

 “Due to its size and the outward looking approach of our local business owners, the ACT, and our region as a whole, has a very collaborative business sector where we are pulling for one another,” Canberra Business Chamber CEO, Robyn Hendry said.

 “This can be seen in how our businesses share information with each other. For example, if someone was thinking of trying to export to Singapore, another Canberra-based company might offer insights and tips.

 “CISN formalises this cooperative approach, brings it online and takes it a step further by offering access to in-market expertise. People can connect in order to learn about opportunities, exchange contacts, help each other navigate the market, identify potential partners, or plan a successful visit.”

 Singapore has been chosen as the focus of the first CISN as it is an important trade partner and neighbour, brought closer with the commencement of direct international flights and the strong relationship between CBC and the Singapore Business Federation (SBF).

 “SBF is happy to partner CBC in its new initiative, CISN, to provide a single platform to help Canberra businesses expand into Singapore and Southeast Asia,” SBF Vice Chairman, Gautam Banerjee said.   

 The Chamber and SBF solidified this relationship today with the signing of an MoU.

 Canberra Region businesses will be able to utilise AccessAsia@Singapore, a SBF-led initiative, through CISN. This is a one-stop business concierge and single platform for companies to expand into Singapore and Asia. The service brings together SBF’s professional service partners to assist with a speedy and smooth entry into the market.

 The services rendered by AccessAsia@Singapore include: 

  • Support and referrals online and in person
  • Corporate advisory and legal services
  • Office and business space
  • Company incorporation and secretariat services
  • Business banking
  • Market development
  • Human capital
  • Business matching

Singapore-based companies looking to invest in the ACT will have access to similar services through the Canberra Business Chamber and a network including Invest Canberra and CBR Innovation Network.

“Social media channels such as Facebook and LinkedIn have made connecting online part of both our personal and professional lives,” Ms Hendry said. “We wanted to create a place where businesses and professionals based here and overseas could come together to offer each other support and share knowledge.”

CISN is a free service available to any business globally with a connection to the Canberra Region. Businesses can join CISN through the Canberra Business Chamber website.

"As part of our Destination 2030 vision, we think our region needs to strategically engage with Asian markets for trade, business and tourism.

CISN will play a role in reaching this goal,” Ms Hendry said. “We expect it to help local business win new customers as well as promote our region.”


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