We are pleased to announce that the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle will be organizing a coffee break and market briefing featuring our the Department of Commerce Senior Commercial Officer/Counselor for Commercial Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia, Mr. Joe Kaesshaefer.
What: "Trade Alliance Coffee Break: Opportunities with Australia"
When: 1:00pm-2:00pm, Friday, April 4th 2014
Where: Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce, 1301 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1500, Seattle
Fee: Free for Members, $15 for Non-Members
With a population of about 23 million, Australia has proven to be an appealing and profitable market for American companies for many years. It offers very few barriers to entry, a familiar legal and corporate framework, and a sophisticated - yet straightforward business culture. While it is important to understand and appreciate Australia's cultural differences, the long and successful history of American firms in Australia suggests that other U.S. companies will also find this market to be rewarding and attractive. There are significant opportunities for Washington state companies in an array of sectors that include:
Renewable Energy, Construction and the Environment
Travel & Tourism
A little bit of information about Joe Kaesshaefer:
Joseph B. Kaesshaefer, Jr. is Counselor for Commercial Affairs for the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia, and Wellington, New Zealand, and works from the U.S. Consulate in Sydney. Prior to his current post at the Embassy in Canberra, Joe served as the Commercial Counselor for the U.S. Embassies in Jakarta, Indonesia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Vienna, Austria.
From 1994 to 1998, Joe served as the Commercial Consul at the U.S. Consulate, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. In 1993 and 1994, Joe worked in Paris, France at both the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Commercial Service office at the U.S. Embassy. From 1987 to 1993, Joe acted as a Trade Specialist in the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration. Prior to joining the Department of Commerce, Joe worked for a travel assistance firm in their London, England, and Washington, D.C. offices, and for two U.S. Senators as a junior aide.