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Trade in Services continues growth trajectory 

Australia’s services trade recorded strong growth in 2015, increasing 9.1 per cent by value to $142.5 billion, according to the latest release of services trade statistics.  Services exports grew 10 per cent to $66.2 billion and trade volumes rose 3.3 per cent over 2014 levels.  Growth was strong across the board in our three top services export markets, China, the United States and the United Kingdom...with China up 19.8 per cent to $9.8 billion, the US up 18.7 per cent to $7.9 billion, and the UK up 8.8 per cent to $5.0 billion.

Australia Ranked 'Most Exciting Destination For Conferences'

New international research on business events has found Australia is the most exciting destination for conferences. Australia also ranked first for scenery, sight-seeing, and being a destination worth travelling to. The research found most potential delegates seek some kind of balance between business and leisure, both from the conference and the activities surrounding it. Respondents said the ideal conference is one that balances professional outcomes with strong destination appeal. This research highlights the competitive advantages Australia has in business events tourism and gives industry insights on how to make the most of them.

Additional humanitarian assistance to Myanmar

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop:  Myanmar continues to face humanitarian challenges with more than one million people requiring humanitarian assistance this year. I discussed Myanmar’s humanitarian needs with my counterpart, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.  The Australian Government will provide an additional $12 million to help address the legacy of decades of civil conflict and vulnerability to natural disaster.  Australian assistance will support education and livelihood programs for displaced communities in Myanmar and along the border with Thailand. The programs will prepare students in Thai-Myanmar border camps for a possible return to Myanmar and provide training in financial literacy and small business development. 

Japan-United States-Australia Trilateral Strategic Dialogue

The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Fumio Kishida, the Secretary of State of the United States, John Kerry, and the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia, Julie Bishop, met in Vientiane, Laos on 25 July 2016, for the sixth ministerial meeting of the Trilateral Strategic Dialogue (TSD).  The ministers welcomed the growing positive impact of the strategic partnership between Japan, the United States and Australia, and reaffirmed the importance of TSD policy coordination and practical cooperation. They reiterated their commitment to further deepening their cooperation to ensure a peaceful, stable, and prosperous future for the Asia-Pacific region and the world.

Humanitarian assistance to African countries

The humanitarian crisis in South Sudan, Somalia and countries in the Lake Chad basin is worsening due to the effects of El Nino and conflict in the region.  The Australian Government will provide a further $17.5 million to support people suffering from severe hunger and malnutrition, and those displaced from their homes and in need of protection from conflict.


  Growing Australia-US Relationship

This week The Hon Steven Ciobo MP, Minister for Trade and Investment, is participating in the 24th Australian American Leadership Dialogue and meeting United States political leaders to strengthen our trade and investment relationship. He will meet with United States Trade Representative Michael Froman to discuss our trade and investment relationship, in particular the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP is the largest regional trade deal negotiated in more than 20 years. It is an historic agreement that will further integrate Australia into the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region.

Australia supports peaceful dispute resolution in the South China Sea

Today the Arbitral Tribunal released its final decision on the Philippines’ South China Sea arbitration case. The Australian Government calls on the Philippines and China to abide by the ruling, which is final and binding on both parties.  The Tribunal in the Philippines’ arbitration case was established in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The Tribunal’s decision was not about sovereignty, but about maritime rights under UNCLOS.



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