Trade and Competitiveness Minister Craig Emerson will lead the Australian Government delegation to the 20th meeting of the American Australian Leadership Dialogue being held in Washington and New York from 15 to 19 July.
Dr Emerson will deliver a major speech on behalf of the Australian Government to the formal dinner offered by the US State Department for the Dialogue.
A private sector initiative, the Leadership Dialogue brings together senior figures from government, business, media and academia to discuss major issues in Australia-US relations.
"The 20th anniversary of the Leadership Dialogue is evidence of the vibrant and diverse links between our peoples, and of the commitment of both nations to maintaining our historic friendship," Dr Emerson said.
"The Dialogue brings together pre-eminent thinkers on the Australia-US relationship and is a welcome opportunity to explore new avenues of bilateral and global cooperation and to advance our economic and trade interests."
While in Washington, Dr Emerson will also meet senior Congressional figures to discuss trade liberalisation priorities.
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