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European Australian Business : 2008
Canberra and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) offer a unique oppor- tunity to invest in a stable and strong economy which boasts the most edu- cated workforce, the best connectivity, location and lifestyle in Australia. And because of the ACT’s strategic positioning and close access to Sydney and Melbourne, it provides European investors with a strong entry point into Australia and a bridge to the Asia Pacific region. As the home of the Australian Govern- ment, the ACT also provides investors and service providers with unique ac- cess to those who make the decisions in relation to the Government’s A$200 billion procurement decisions. The ACT Government also continues to promote a business-friendly environ- ment through measures such as: n active facilitation of new invest- ment opportunities through the Strategic Project Facilitation Group, a service provided by the ACT Government to expedite approvals and access to key decision makers; n ensuring a low tax and charges environment through responsible management of the Territory’s finances, n providing professional business mentoring and advice free of charge through the Canberra BusinessPoint service; n establishing the ACT Skills Commission, the Skilled and Business Migration Program and the Live in Canberra Campaign to ensure ACT businesses have access to the skilled labour force they will require to remain successful in the future and; n partnering with Australia’s premier research and educational facilities such as the National ICT Australia centre of excellence, the 68 australian capital territory