AFG Venture Group Dispatches

Corporate advisory and consultancy in Australia, South East Asia and India.


August 29th, 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 […]

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

August 19th, 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 […]


June 22nd, 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 […]

ASEAN international education growth lies in-country

June 7th, 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 […]

ASEAN Australia Education Dialogue 2018

April 22nd, 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 […]


April 9th, 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 […]

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

February 26th, 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 […]

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

February 1st, 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 […]

Corporate Taxation 2016

January 30th, 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 […]

Myanmar Oral History Project goes live on our website

December 14th, 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 […]