Joint Statement: Australia-United States Strategic Commercial Dialogue

  • Joint statement

Alongside the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF) ministerial meetings in Singapore, Australian Minister for Trade and Tourism, Senator the Honourable Don Farrell and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, met on June 6, 2024, for the third annual ministerial meeting of the Australia-United States Strategic Commercial Dialogue.

The Minster and Secretary reiterated the value of the Dialogue as a key mechanism to discuss shared Australian – United States economic and commercial objectives and committed to work together to support an open, stable, and prosperous Indo-Pacific region.

The Minister and Secretary reiterated their strong commitment to the IPEF. Both commended the strong progress to date, including the signing of the IPEF Agreement Relating to a Clean Economy, IPEF Agreement Relating to a Fair Economy, and Agreement on the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity. They agreed the signing of these agreements marks another major milestone and paves the way for closer cooperation on matters of critical importance to the Indo-Pacific region. They also noted the success of the inaugural IPEF Clean Economy Investor Forum, which links industry and investors with climate technology and infrastructure projects.

The Minister and Secretary reviewed progress made by Australia and the United States in taking decisive action to reduce carbon emissions and committed to continue to cooperate closely under the Australia-United States Climate, Critical Minerals and Clean Energy Transformation Compact. They noted the high level of ambition in this area reflected in the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act and the A Future Made in Australia agenda and recognised the importance of promoting the complementarity of these initiatives to investors and our private sectors.

The Minister and Secretary reaffirmed the importance of strengthened cooperation on economic security in their discussions on trade, trade-distorting subsidies, national security issues tied to investment flows and continuing cooperation on investment screening, unfair trade practices and unfair competition.

The Minister and Secretary agreed on the ongoing importance of the annual Australia-U.S. Strategic Trade Controls Dialogue, recognizing this platform allows frank and productive conversations on dual-use technology export controls, including shared objectives and approaches with other partners.

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