Helping enhance infrastructure in the Pacific

The Liberal-National Government has today welcomed the passing of Legislation through the House of Representatives that will boost Australia’s support for infrastructure development in the region. The Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (Efic) Amendment (Support for Infrastructure Financing) Bill 2019 Bill, that passed with the support of Labor, will provide Efic with a more flexible infrastructure…

Unlocking the potential of Australia’s emerging AgTech sector

The Liberal-National Government has today launched a new initiative to help attract more investment in Australia’s emerging agrifood tech sector. Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham who will make the announcement at evokeAG in Melbourne said a new digital platform known as ‘Agriculture 4.0’ would help better connect Australian AgTech and foodtech businesses…

Business event fund delivers multi-million dollar boost to economy

Australia continues to be a highly sought after destination for lucrative businesses events, with the Liberal-National Government’s business events Bid Fund Program estimated to have already delivered a $187 million boost to the Australian economy. Australia’s position as a business events powerhouse comes as the Asia Pacific’s leading trade forum for the meetings and event…

Positioning Australia’s tourism industry for the future

Consultations are now open on Australia’s next national tourism strategy, with industry stakeholders encouraged to have their say on a draft report developed by the Beyond Tourism 2020 Steering Committee.   Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham urged stakeholders, from local and state governments to peak industry bodies and individual tourism operators to…

Australia, Japan and Singapore welcome WTO electronic commerce negotiations

Australia, Japan and Singapore hosted an informal meeting of Ministers on the World Trade Organization (WTO) e-commerce initiative in the margins of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Ministers welcomed the progress made in the WTO e-commerce initiative since its launch at the eleventh WTO Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires in 2017.…

Visit to the United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Belgium, Switzerland and the United States

I will visit the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Switzerland and the United States from 19 to 26 January to pursue Australia’s economic and trade interests with government leaders, business and major international organisations. The UAE is Australia’s largest trade and investment partner in the Middle East and meetings with my UAE counterparts…