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The Acronym Episode: How ASEAN, AUKUS and SAMS will affect your business

Louise and James have another timely conversation on the current issues in Industry Policy and Development in Australia and around the world.  They discuss and unpack three key issues:

  • the recent ASEAN summit in Australia and what that means for business, 
  • the updates and changes to AUKUS and the complexities of implementing an effective defence trade across three sovereign nations and 
  • the interesting and complex new government regulations called SAMS (Safeguarding our Military Secrets) and the significant impact the new regulations will have on employers and employees.

As well, the pair discuss the many business opportunities in Japan and Vietnam.

The podcast continues to provide timely and usable information for business-people on what’s happening in the wider macro economy, and the likely impact on your business.

Louise’s Homework:

Ai Group's response to Prime Minister's announcement on Australia's Future Industries:

Here’s the link to James’ other Ai Group business improvement podcast Supply Circles: Episode 45 ‘Why you need A.I. in your business now with Dave Phung, Chief Disruptor, GPTStrategic’.


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James Scotland

After a long career in multiple aspects of supply chain management, corporate training and business advisory, James brings a business improvement mindset to his role as General Manager of Supply Chain Resilience for Ai Group. A skilled communicator and adviser, James has been involved with Oil & Gas, the Defence industry and supply chain across the board for over 40 years.

James has a Masters degree in International Management and a partially completed Doctor of Business Administration. He says he'll get around to finishing it when he retires. 

    Louise McGrath

    In her role as Ai Group’s Head of Industry Development and Policy Louise provides strategic leadership and guidance for Ai Group’s policy agenda in building competitive industries through global integration, infrastructure development and innovation. She ensures that through policy leadership members have a voice at all levels of government, by representing and promoting their interests on current and emerging issues.

    Louise represents Australian Industry in several multilateral forums, such as the B20 Taskforces, Global Business Coalition, and the East Asia Business Council working group on RCEP. She advocates for the interests of Ai Group members during Free Trade Negotiations and translates those agreements to support the strategic aims of members. She is a member of CSIRO’s Responsible Use of Artificial Intelligence Think Tank and the Manufacturing Advisory Group, the NESP Sustainable Communities and Waste Hub and the Advisory Group of The Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS).

    Louise has studied a Bachelor of Arts (Arabic Language and Culture) at Deakin University and an Advanced Diploma in International Trade at RMIT. She has also studied Arabic at universities in Jordan and Egypt.

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