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10 years of Australian businesses making use of AUSFTA

Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb has welcomed the opening of the Building our Future Prosperity conference in Sydney today, marking the 10th anniversary of the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA).  AUSFTA has proven its value to Australian businesses in the ten years since its entry into force.  “The business community has experienced much lower tariffs on our exports to the United States thanks to the agreement, and I encourage Australian exporters to continue maximising the opportunities it provides,” Mr Robb said.  Two-way trade in goods and services between Australia and the United States has increased from $41 billion in 2004, the year prior to AUSFTA’s entry into force, to more than $60 billion in 2014.  (more)

World Humanitarian Summit - Pacific Innovation Challenge

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has opened the World Humanitarian Summit Pacific Regional Consultation (Regional Consultation) in Auckland, with New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon Murray McCully.  The Regional Consultation is an opportunity to highlight our humanitarian response in the Pacific, one of the most disaster prone regions in the world. Of the top 20 countries with the highest annual average disaster losses by GDP, eight are from the Pacific.  Today I announce $2 million dollars for a Humanitarian Innovation Challenge – designed to encourage individuals, the public and private sectors, academics and NGOs to identify creative solutions to the challenges faced by Pacific communities as a result of natural disasters.  (more)

TPP – myths vs. realities

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade released a factsheet to address common misconceptions about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations. In particular, it addresses issues including food labelling, food standards, the price of medicines, Australian local content on TV and radio and labour and environment standards.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement is being negotiated between Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, New Zealand, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam. The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement will facilitate increased trade and investment, help secure the ongoing competitiveness of Australian businesses in international markets, and support economic growth and jobs in Australia.

•More: Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations - myths versus realities

•More: Detailed information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations

New era in sports diplomacy

The  launch of the Australian Sports Diplomacy Strategy 2015-18 signals a new era of partnership between the Australian Government and sporting organisations.  Together, we will leverage our outstanding sports skills, facilities and knowledge to promote Australia and strengthen our links with countries and communities in the region.  The strategy highlights our excellence in hosting major sporting events like the AFC Asian Cup, ICC Cricket World Cup and the upcoming Netball World Cup that generate long-term economic, diplomatic, tourism and community benefits.  The strategy also showcases Australia’s excellence in sports administration and participation, sport-for-development initiatives, high performance and training, and sport integrity.  (more)

Australia signs landmark trade agreement with China

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Trade Minister, Andrew Robb:  Today, Australia signed a landmark Free Trade Agreement with China, our largest trading partner, with total trade worth almost $160 billion in 2013-14, and a growing source of investment.  The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) will lock in existing trade and provide the catalyst for future growth across a range of areas including goods, services and investment.  The Agreement secures better market access for Australia to the world’s second largest economy, improves our competitive position in a rapidly growing market, promotes increased two-way investment and reduces import costs. It is a win for households and businesses alike.  (more)

Helping the region to address irregular migration

The Australian Government welcomes Thailand’s initiative in hosting the Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean in Bangkok.  The meeting has been called to highlight the importance of a regional response to tackle this issue. Addressing the root causes of people smuggling is critical to finding an effective regional solution.  Australia is a major donor to Burma and Bangladesh, supporting economic development that will reduce the motivation for people to risk their lives at sea.  Today we announce an additional $5 million in humanitarian assistance to Burma’s Rakhine State and the Cox’s Bazar region of Bangladesh building on the $6 million for humanitarian assistance to Burma announced last week.  It brings Australia’s total humanitarian assistance to Burma to over $20 million since 2014.  (more)

Disability-inclusive development strategy launched

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop:  I am pleased to announce the launch of Australia’s new strategy within our aid program to strengthen the inclusion of people with disabilities in developing countries.  The strategy recognises that everyone is affected if the most disadvantaged people are left behind, and acknowledges that people with disabilities make up one of the largest and most disadvantaged minorities in the world.  Development for All 2015-2020: Strategy for strengthening disability-inclusive development in Australia’s aid program will support people with disabilities in developing countries to find pathways out of poverty and realise their potential. (more)



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