AFG Venture Group News


Posted on Wednesday 29th August, 2018

IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT THE VIEWS EXPRESSED HERE ARE THOSE OF THE AUTHOR AND NOT NECESSARILY THOSE OF AFG VENTURE GROUP Glen Robinson B.Sc. [Tech] JP Glen is a co-founder of Asean Focus Group P/L [now AFG Venture Group] which was formed in 1990 to provide advice and assistance to those organisations which wished […]

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ASEAN is ignored by Australian education providers despite the market’s giant scale

Posted on Sunday 19th August, 2018

by Robert Bolton Australia does not rank in the top 10 destinations for Indonesian students wanting to learn English, a fact which has exposed how under-prepared Australia is for the expected deregulation of Indonesia’s education market. The director and head of education services at ASEAN Focus Group, Michael Fay, says there are more students from […]

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Posted on Friday 22nd June, 2018

There has been considerable discussion on the advantages and disadvantages of reducing the headline rate of tax to be applied to Australian based companies. Unfortunately, much of it is based on misconception, incorrect information, bias and hence a political decision is likely to be adopted and the opportunity to develop an effective and transparent system […]

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ASEAN international education growth lies in-country

Posted on Thursday 7th June, 2018

The PIE News Jun 1, 2018 Offshore branch campuses and in-country delivery will produce the most significant opportunities for providers to access more students, according to Michael Fay, director of the ASEAN Focus Group. But while there are opportunities, further work is needed on qualification recognition, facilities and English language adoption.       Australian […]

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ASEAN Australia Education Dialogue 2018

Posted on Sunday 22nd April, 2018

     The ASEAN Australia Education Dialogue (AAED) Penang, Malaysia March 21st to 23rd 2018 In this our final newsletter for AAED 2018 we provide a profile of the delegates by country, document the Dialogue highlights and deliver a selection of the Dialogue presentations. We also announce the preparations for AAED 2019. The ASEAN Australia Education Dialogue […]

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Posted on Monday 9th April, 2018

A 360 Degree Analysis of Asia’s Recent Economic Development by John West John in his latest tome has cast a critical eye over the development parameters of a number of Asian countries, a feat which is unusual these days as most commentators seem to think Asia equals China and China equals Asia, so for that reason […]

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“Let’s make strategic engagement with ASEAN a priority”

Posted on Monday 26th February, 2018

Michael Fay An edited version of this article appeared in the Australian Newspaper in the Higher Education section on Wednesday 21st February 2018. Australia’s tilt towards ASEAN will be boosted in March this year with the ASEAN Australia Leaders Summit in Sydney; Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will be hosting the leaders of the 10 ASEAN […]

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Portfolio Investment in Asia to 2017 [Stock market to 2017]

Posted on Thursday 1st February, 2018

STOCK MARKETS OF ASIA 2009 TO 2017 There have been comments that one of the reasons for the apparent reluctance of Australian corporates, funds and individuals to invest in Asia has been that the Asian stock markets are not sufficiently profitable. An analysis of the financial performance and outcomes of 6 Asian based stock markets and […]

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Corporate Taxation 2016

Posted on Tuesday 30th January, 2018

 CORPORATE TAXATION IN AUSTRALIA Glen Robinson has spent the last 25+ years focussing on the establishment and development of cross border alliances, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, particularly in the manufacturing, processing and distribution areas, and particularly targeted to Asia. These corporate advisory activities are based on many years’ experience in management consultancy, and he […]

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Myanmar Oral History Project goes live on our website

Posted on Thursday 14th December, 2017

Podcasts: Myanmar Oral History Project: From Peter Church’s years of involvement in Myanmar he has become aware of the increasing scarcity of the generation of Myanma citizens who were born before WW2 and have lived through the tumultuous years since that time. These men and women have experienced significant events in the modern history of […]

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Lindley Edwards’ article on the relevance of poetry to business published in the December 2017 edition of Boss Magazine

Posted on Wednesday 6th December, 2017

Poetry is as relevant to business as it is to life, with its power to help us accept challenges and come up with creative solutions. I have long been a student of poetry, as I find it provides wisdom to live by, opens up possibilities and provides innovative ways of seeing as well as experiencing. […]

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AIBC NSW Co-hosts Networking Event for Indonesian Young Tech Entrepreneurs under the Australia Award Fellowships Program

Posted on Wednesday 5th April, 2017

Tuesday evening 21st March in Sydney felt like a typical evening in Indonesia with thunderstorms, torrential rain and high humidity. Most of the 120 registered guests braved the conditions and gathered at King St Brewery, Darling Harbour. The event was co-hosted with QUT who are partners with the Commonwealth Government Australia Awards and Tech Training […]

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Parliamentary Review into Trade and Investment Relations between Australia and Indonesia February 2017.

Posted on Saturday 25th February, 2017

SUBMISSION BY MICHAEL FAY DIRECTOR and HEAD OF EDUCATION SERVICES AFG VENTURE GROUP CHAIR AUSTRALIA INDONESIA BUSINESS COUNCIL NSW Australia’s existing trade and investment relationships with Indonesia History: In framing our trading relationship with Indonesia it would be helpful, at an official level and in a symbolic way, to recognise the pre European history of […]

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Jan 16, 2017 Portfolio Investment in Asia to 2016

Posted on Monday 16th January, 2017

Selected stock exchanges in South East Asia have been developed to a point where they are attractive to both local and foreign investors, further, the introduction of the Asean Exchanges has ensured there is a network of brokers and advisors which have pan-Asean understanding and have the ability to operate at the cross border level. […]

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Posted on Monday 16th January, 2017

There have been many comments in relation to the operating costs in Asia and how much lower they are when compared to Australian costs. The commentary usually revolves around the cost of labour, and the “need” to reduce that cost. This analysis clearly shows that while labour costs are a factor, the major factor is […]

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