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KWM, DFAT co-host foreign policy symposium

KWM, DFAT co-host foreign policy symposium

Global firm King & Wood Mallesons and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Global firm King & Wood Mallesons and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade have co-hosted the “first ever industry symposium” on the federal government’s signature foreign policy initiative, the New Colombo Plan (NCP).

The symposium was focused on exploring practical ways of encouraging and supporting more young lawyers to prepare for successful careers in the Indo-Pacific region in accordance with the NCP, a mobility grants and scholarship program offering opportunities for undergraduate Australian students to live, study and undertake internships and do other work-based learning in the region.

A range of business, industry leaders, senior lawyers, academics and NCP alumni were in attendance.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop addressed the symposium, as well as KWM global chief executive Sue Kench, reflecting the importance placed on the program by both the government and the private sector, according to KWM.

The firm is “thrilled to support” the NCP, Ms Kench said.

“By building a cohort of Asia-literate and Asia-engaged future leaders, the program presents a real opportunity to foster a deeper regional awareness and to broaden and deepen our expertise and networks in the region,” she said.

KWM China practice consultant David Olssen added: “With the fastest-growing region on our doorstep, and shifts in geopolitical power, it is increasingly important for international lawyers to understand the perspectives of others from nonwestern backgrounds.”

“As a profession, this is the beginning of a conversation about how the legal fraternity can engage with the emerging economic powerhouses of the future,” he said.

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