THE Export Council of Australia has launched 2018 edition of Australia’s International Business Survey (AIBS) in collaboration with the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) and the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (Efic).
ECA CEO Alina Bain said AIBS 2018 would continue to build on the foundation it has established over the past four years, driving new insights into the international perspectives and outlooks of Australian businesses.
“Considering the current international environment, it is a crucial time for Australian businesses to have their voices heard on the issues that affect them the most,” she said.
AIBS aims to provide understanding and insight into Australia’s international business activity and evaluate the impact of international economic trends on Australia’s businesses.
More than 1000 respondents last year painted a picture of an ambitious and diverse Australian international business community. Respondents provided insight into the use of free-trade agreements, including benefits beyond increased exports in areas such as standards recognition.
AIBS 2017 also showed that innovation is important in fuelling the international growth of Australian companies with nearly half of respondents having introduced some sort of product or service innovation to improve their export sales.
“This year, AIBS insights will include attitudes toward emerging markets as well as the use of new trade-enabling technologies,” Ms Bain said.
The information collected by AIBS plays a role in informing the trade debate in Australia and in assisting organisations such as the ECA to provide services that best support Australian businesses.
Interested businesses can access the survey here: https://surveys.amr-australia.com.au/mrIWeb/mrIWeb.dll?I.Project=J5206a