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ANZAC Day 2014 ►The ANZAC Day Dawn Service will be held at the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial in New York at 55 Water Street. Click here for more information about the Dawn Service.
Be a Smartraveller this Anzac Day
With Anzac Day approaching, all Australians planning to travel to commemorative services in Turkey, France or Belgium are urged to read the new Anzac Day Smartraveller bulletin issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The bulletin should be read in conjunction with the travel advisories for Turkey, France and Belgium.
We strongly advise all Australians travelling to commemorative services abroad to register their travel and contact details with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, subscribe to Smartraveller to receive travel advice and travel bulletin updates by e-mail, and take out comprehensive travel insurance. (more)
Australia celebrates 40 years of ties with ASEAN
Today marks the 40th anniversary of Australia’s relations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a significant milestone in a year of events which will culminate in the commemorative leaders’ summit in November. Australia was one of the first countries to recognise ASEAN’s importance when we became ASEAN’s first dialogue partner. ASEAN member states now have a combined population of more than 600 million and economies of $2.4 trillion, at the heart of the dynamic Indo-Pacific region. (more)
Australia's biggest ever trade mission arrives in China
Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb today commenced Australia’s largest ever trade mission including more than 700 businesspeople from a range of industries.
Mr Robb’s arrival in Chengdu, a city of 12 million people in south-western China, coincides with Australia Week in China, a series of events across five Chinese cities designed to enhance Australia’s engagement with China in trade, investment, education and tourism. (more)
Trade Minister to visit North Asia
Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb will visit North Asia between 4–12 April to advance Australia’s trade ties with Japan, sign a free trade agreement with Korea and to lead a 600-strong trade mission to China.
“This visit represents an important moment in Australia’s engagement with the dynamic economies of Asia, including three of our biggest trading partners,” Mr Robb said. (more)
AFC Asian Cup benefits tourism, trade and investment
Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb today welcomed the launch of Match Australia, a new sports business program promoting Australia as a destination for business, tourism and education during the AFC Asian Cup 2015.
Match Australia aims to link Australian firms with potential business partners during a series of business networking events in Australia and throughout the region. (more)
Asian Football Cup, celebrating football in our region
Australia’s Socceroos will join 15 Asian countries when they compete in the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015, uniting the region through the common language of sport.
The Australian Government is proud to support the Asian Cup, which will showcase the sporting talents of all 16 competing countries across the region and inspire future generations of players. (more)
Australian Government foreign and trade policy agenda and priorities: Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Trade and Investment
Trade in services increase in 2012-13
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade report 'Trade in Services, Australia 2012-13' released on 4 March shows Australia's total trade in services increased 4.2 per cent year-on-year to $116.4 billion in 2012-13. Services exports rose 3.7 per cent to $52.4 billion, while imports of services rose 4.5 per cent to $64.0 billion. The biggest rises in services exports were in financial services, professional and management consulting services and business travel services. In particular, financial services exports rose 42.8 per cent to $2.0 billion. (more)
Conclusion of G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting in Sydney
The first G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting in Sydney, which is the first on Australia’s soil as part of our host year has concluded. In an unprecedented statement, the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors committed to implement policies to grow our collective GDP by more than 2 per cent above the current trajectory over the next five years...As the first step to achieving this target, each country will deliver a comprehensive growth strategy as part of the Brisbane Leaders Summit in November.... (more)
Consul-General in New York
Today I announce the appointment of the Honourable Nick Minchin as Australia’s next Consul-General in New York. Given the strength and size of New York’s financial sector, a primary role for the Consul-General is influencing key individuals and companies across a range of sectors particularly business and politics. By promoting Australia as a major player in the finance sector, the Consul General also raises awareness of Australia’s resilient economy and our competitive advantages in our region. The Consulate-General is actively engaged in encouraging two-way investment and commercial links, including through the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement. (more)