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The Second Annual U.S.-AU Countering Violent Extremism Week

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

The U.S. Mission to the African Union and the African Union opened their joint Countering Violent Extremism Week in Addis Ababa today. The second annual meeting will feature a conference followed by a two-day capacity-building communications-focused workshop for practitioners from across Africa.

U.S. Ambassador to the African Union Mary Beth Leonard and Principal Deputy Coordinator for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Counterterrorism Alina Romanowski delivered opening remarks along with African Union officials highlighting the strong partnership between the United States and Africa to counter terrorism and the roots of violent extremism.

The conference will focus on developments and best practices in the Lake Chad Basin and Horn of Africa. This event will build and strengthen relationships between governments and civil society organizations, and increase the capacity of CVE practitioners to challenge extremist narratives on the African continent.

Trade Minister Visits New Zealand And Australia

Trade and investment preparations move to the next level

Trade Minister Graham Stuart promoting opportunities for UK firms at Austrade

Trade Minister Graham Stuart promoting opportunities for UK firms at Austrade

  • Minister for Investment Graham Stuart visits New Zealand and Australia, the first Department for International Trade minister to do so since the opening of consultations on future trade relationships
  • Minister promoted opportunities for UK firms in NZ infrastructure and launches a joint UK-Australia investment report which shows UK is now second largest destination for Australian investment
  • He’ll also visit China to promote UK smart cities expertise as UK-China trade reaches all-time high of £66.5 billion

With consultations over future trade relationships with New Zealand and Australia now open, Trade Minister Graham Stuart has become the first government minister to visit the countries since the consultations began.

Earlier this week, Graham Stuart was promoting was promoting UK businesses at New Zealand’s biggest infrastructure event and today (Friday 17th August) launches a joint UK-Australian investment report alongside Steven Ciobo, Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment.

The report shows that the investment relationship between the UK and Australia grew by 22 per cent from 2010 to 2017 to more than £50 billion, meaning that the UK is now the second-largest destination for Australian foreign direct investment (FDI).

Over 500 Australian companies operate in the UK, while more than 1,200 UK companies are in Australia, employing 95,000 people. This includes BAE Systems, which landed a £20 billion contract to build nine British-designed warships in Adelaide, creating 4,000 jobs.

Combined trade between the UK and both New Zealand and Australia was worth £18.8 billion in 2018 (£2.8 billion and £16 billion respectively).

Graham Stuart, UK Minister for Investment, said:

We’ve taken a major step towards building our bilateral trading relationships with Australia and New Zealand – 2 of our closest international partners – by opening consultations on our potential future agreements. Combined, their investment into the UK delivered 95 new projects last year, creating almost 2,500 British jobs. These consultations will examine new possibilities for British exporters in the region, especially in technology and infrastructure.

The Department for international Trade is determined to help UK businesses take advantage of opportunities these, and maintain the UK’s position as Europe’s top destination for FDI.

Steven Ciobo, Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment said:

Across diverse industries ranging from defence to education, technology and infrastructure, Australia and the UK continue to invest in ways that increase prosperity and create jobs in both countries.

Both countries offer large, open and flexible economies as well as an ideal location from which to access other regional opportunities, be it in Europe or Asia.

Following his visits to New Zealand and Australia, the Minister will head to the Chinese city of Shenzhen next week, where he will promote the UK’s smart cities capability at the China Smart City Expo.

Non-EU countries make up the bulk of the UK’s services exports (60.6% as of May 2018), with demand for world-class British expertise in countries such as China expected to propel this proportion higher in the years to come.

He will also visit telecommunications giant Huawei, who recently committed £3 billion of investment to the UK over the next 5 years, with a UK workforce already of 1,500 people.

UK trade with China is now at an all-time high of £66.5 billion as of the first quarter of 2018.

Graham Stuart To Promote UK Trade And Investment In New Zealand

Minister Stuart will give a keynote address at New Zealand’s largest yearly infrastructure conference

Minster Stuart and British High Commissioner to New Zealand Laura Clarke

Minster Stuart and British High Commissioner to New Zealand Laura Clarke

UK Investment Minister Graham Stuart is in New Zealand this week to promote UK-New Zealand investment and trade links as the UK prepares to forge its way in the world after it exits the EU.

Minister Stuart will be giving a keynote address at Building Nations, New Zealand’s largest yearly infrastructure conference in Auckland.

Mr Stuart said:

“As we embark on a new era for Global Britain this is an important opportunity to promote the UK overseas. The announcement by Dr Liam Fox of a public consultation on a New Zealand free trade deal was a vital step forward in our relationship as the UK leaves the EU.”

“I’m pleased to be in New Zealand talking about vital contributions which UK infrastructure firms are making to major development projects across New Zealand, from Auckland’s City Rail Link, to redevelopment of the city’s airport and ambitious urban regeneration projects. British companies will quite literally help build New Zealand’s future.”

High Commissioner Laura Clarke said:

“Minister Stuart’s visit comes at an exciting time in New Zealand-UK relations. We are pleased to be welcoming so many high level visitors in such a short space of time. These visits demonstrate that, despite the distance, New Zealand remains a vital relationship for the UK as we negotiate our EU Exit.”

UK exports to New Zealand were worth £1.5 billion in 2017, a 10% increase on the previous year.

Mr Stuart also attended a roundtable of key trade and investment stakeholders hosted by Deloitte.

Judy George Joins Robert Redford, Dan Rather And George Foreman As A GRAND Magazine Cover Feature

"Businesses need to hire grandparents," says Judy George, serial entrepreneur, and author of, "The Intuitive Business Woman"

This summer’s Grand Magazine cover features Judy George, serial entrepreneur and author of two books on women-in-business and intuitive design.

A Milton, Massachusetts resident, George has now started a new family venture with her sons and grandchildren: ENVIE, a home hair straightening system that eliminates the harsh chemicals, and high-cost of salon treatments.

GRAND Magazine highlights George’s life experiences as the founder of DOMAIN, a 35-store retail chain, creator of numerous aspirational home décor brands, the importance of family, and her views on why businesses suffer when they overlook hiring grandparents.

“Grandparents, and people over 65, offer the most special communication that young people will ever experience and there is no reason why we can’t be normal contributors to the workforce. We bring a vision of hope and love that isn’t available anywhere else in the universe,” says George.

The cover feature, by Editor Christine Crosby, also includes interactive links to Judy George’s test for identifying one’s personality archetype as: Visionary, Artisan, Idealist, or Adventurer. The tests first appeared in her two books.

“The Domain Book of Intuitive Home Design” identifies how the four different personality types express themselves through their aesthetic and style choices.

 “The Intuitive Businesswoman” applies the same concept to women and business.

GRAND Magazine, Living the Ageless Life, quotes George on her views and experiences that once included hiring a plane to buzz the CEO’s office with a banner saying, “Hire Judy George, She’ll Make you Money.” She got the job!

On Style: “I was a middle child and a dreamer who created a tent-like atmosphere for myself with all sorts of gauzy fabrics and textures,” recalls George, who revolutionized home furnishing by emphasizing fashion and style that fits your personality.

On Decorating: “Start a scrapbook, which would probably be Pinterest now. I still have mine from my childhood.”

On Entrepreneurship: “I mortgaged my home to start my first business.”

On Failure: “After raising a considerable amount of money I made a lot of mistakes. I hired people with the exact same talents I had before I finally learned that great employees are the most important part of any business because they expand your capability. Without them success is impossible.”

On Being a Grandmother: “I got a second chance at unconditional love. Two of my grandchildren have already exhibited entrepreneurial tendencies and have helped with the launch of our newest concept ENVIE by contributing their social media skills.”

On Causes: “I am passionate about Alzheimer’s disease research, having lost my mother to this unforgiving disease and am in a study, Project Hope, to see if I can add value to their significant research.”

For the complete article and Judy George’s Interactive Personality Tests visit GRAND Magazine, Summer, 2018.

President Bill Clinton recognized George for her work: in 1993, she was chosen to participate in the NAFTA Conference and in 1996 was named to participate in the first Women in Trade Business Development Mission in Amsterdam and London, representing U.S. women CEOs.

In 2003, in commemoration of the SBA’s 50th anniversary, she was honored by the U.S. Small Business Administration at its “Celebrating Women in Business” breakfast.

In 2004, she received the Anti-Defamation League’s prestigious American Heritage Award.

She was ranked 12th of 100 Top Women Led Businesses in Massachusetts, by Babson College and The Commonwealth Institute.

Secretary Pompeo And Secretary Of Defense Mattis Host The 2018 Australia-U.S. Ministerial (AUSMIN) Consultations In Palo Alto

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis will host Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and Minister for Defence Marise Payne for this year’s Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California on July 23-24, 2018.

This AUSMIN celebrates 100 years of Mateship, marking the centenary of U.S. and Australian forces fighting side by side in battle for the first time.

The dialogue will focus on deepening our strategic alliance and developing initiatives to promote our shared vision of peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific and beyond. The United States and Australia have held annual strategic consultations since 1985. Foreign Minister Bishop and Defense Minister Payne last hosted the United States for these ministerial talks in Sydney, Australia, on June 5, 2017.

We will provide a more detailed schedule prior to the ministerial.

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