The Minister for Trade, Dr Craig Emerson, will visit Seoul, Beijing, Hong
Kong and Singapore from 31 October to 4 November to promote Australia’s
economic and trade interests.
Dr Emerson will meet political and business leaders during his first visit
to the region as Minister for Trade, which will provide an important
opportunity to discuss Australia’s bilateral and multilateral trade agenda.
The visit comes ahead of two major regional meetings – the G20 Summit and
the APEC leaders’ meeting.
"In the weeks leading up to the G20 Summit and the APEC leaders’ meeting,
my visit to Seoul and Beijing will be an important opportunity to discuss
the global and regional trade agenda, including our efforts to bring new
energy to the WTO Doha Round,” Dr Emerson said.
In Seoul, Dr Emerson will meet the South Korean Minister for Trade, Kim
"I very much look forward to meeting my South Korean counterpart, Kim
Jong-hoon, and discussing priorities and opportunities in the
Australia-Korea economic and trade relationship, including the
Australia-Korea FTA negotiation," he said.
In Beijing, Dr Emerson will meet the Chinese Minister of Commerce, Chen
Deming, and the National Development and Reform Commission Chairman, Zhang
Ping, as well as senior representatives of the Australian business
“This is my first visit to Beijing as Trade Minister and I look forward to
establishing strong working relationships with my Chinese counterparts in
building on our already flourishing economic relationship,” Dr Emerson
Dr Emerson will also visit Hong Kong, which is Australia’s fifth largest
source of foreign investment, fifth largest destination for Australian
direct investment overseas and a valued partner in the WTO and APEC.
“My visit will demonstrate to Hong Kong and to the Australian business
community there that we take this important relationship seriously,” he
Singapore is Australia’s sixth largest trading partner and one of the
strongest growing economies in the world.
“I will use my Singapore visit to explore further opportunities to grow our
trade relationship and also discuss our common interests in multilateral
and regional trade liberalisation,” Dr Emerson said.
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