April 2007 update on the Australia-Malaysia Free Trade Agreement Negotiations

Departure of key Malaysian negotiating personnel saw the postponement of the scheduled March 2007 negotiating session.  We are currently seeking alternate dates.

Australian officials presented at a Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers’ Conference on Government Procurement in Kuala Lumpur on 27 March 2007.  Australia’s current Government Procurement policies and our experiences in negotiating Government Procurement provisions in free trade agreements were highlighted and appreciated by the Malaysian audience.  We underscored the benefits of including Government Procurement provisions in MAFTA.