Industry Summit to mark future collaboration between ACBPS and industry

By Margaret Bux
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The inaugural Industry Summit held on 18 August signalled the commitment of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service to collaboration and consultation with border management agencies and industry stakeholders across the travel and trade environments according to ACBPS Chief Executive Officer, Mike Pezullo.

The Industry Summit was the realisation of his commitment to  industry and international partners, as outlined in the ACBPS Blueprint for Reform to establish issue and initiative-focussed forums to consult and engage with partners at the border.

The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon. Scott Morrison MP and Mr Pezullo hosted twenty top traders and peak industry bodies at breakfast to discuss immigration and border protection policy and implications for border operations.

That was followed by  Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash addressing Summit delegates on the Government’s support for enhancing trade and travel facilitation to boost economic competitiveness. Senator Cash said the Government was committed to reducing the regulatory burden and taking the cost out of doing business.

Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Martin Bowles and Mike Pezullo then spoke on the consolidation of the two agencies, the creation of the Australian Border Force and what these changes will mean for industry in the future.

Following the morning’s keynote sessions, delegates had the opportunity to attend and contribute to a variety of panel sessions for discussions on: Trusted Trader, Future Traveller Environment, Border Technology, Free Trade Agreements, Reform and Consolidation, Industry Engagement, Service Delivery and the Australian Border Force.

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