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Photo of Mr James Wise, Australian Ambassador to Thailand

'Our Ambassadors' Series

30 July 2012

'Our Ambassadors' video series provides insight into the work of our representatives abroad, and some of the major issues they are confronting as they pursue Australian interests in the countries where they are working.

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Trade in Services Australia 2011

26 July 2012

Australia's total trade in services rose 1.4 per cent to $109.1 billion in 2011, according to Trade in Services, Australia 2011, released by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Trade and Competitiveness Minister Craig Emerson meets with Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in Canberra on Tuesday 24 July

Visit by Zimbabwe's Prime Minister

24 July 2012

Trade and Competitiveness Minister Craig Emerson met with Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in Canberra. The two discussed ways of building the trade and investment relationship between the two countries.

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Parliamentary Secretary Marles with members of an Ethipian village in Degem that is participating in a health outreach program promoting good health and sanitatation, a program supported by Australian funding

Health improvements in Ethiopia

14 July 2012

Richard Marles said Ethiopia had made real improvements in the health sector and was on track to meet its Millennium Development Goal targets for child health.

Parliamentary Secretary Marles talking to a member of the Malawi delegation at the opening session of the African Union Executive Council meeting, Addis Ababa

Richard Marles at the African Union Summit

12 July 2012

"The AU Summit provides an opportunity for me to discuss these issues directly with African counterparts and to highlight Australia's increasing engagement with Africa." Mr Marles said

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Composition of Trade Australia 2011

11 July 2012

Australia's total goods and services exports surged in 2011 to $313.3 billion. This contributed to a trade surplus of $18.3 billion, according to new figures released by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Mr Danny Morseu, Mr Dennis Richardson and Elder Matilda House

NAIDOC Week 2012

11 July 2012

NAIDOC Week opened with a flag raising ceremony and a performance from the Zugubal Dance troupe. Former Olympic basketballer Danny Morseu attended the exhibition Black Gold: The Aboriginal and Islander Sports Hall of Fame with his son Danny Foulkes, a DFAT employee.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Bob Carr meeting Afghan Minister of Finance Omar Zakhilwal at the Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan.

Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan

9 July 2012

Senator Carr attended the Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan. He announced announced Australia's road map for Afghanistan development assistance.

Australia will also take a lead in reducing domestic and community violence against women in Afghanistan.

Solomon Islands 2012, Festival of Pacific Arts, Australian delegation

Festival of Pacific Arts, Solomon Islands

1 to 14 July 2012

More than 20 Pacific countries and territories, and close to 2,000 participants, will attend the festival.

The Australian delegation led by the Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, Richard Marles, includes 50 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, and members of the Queensland Theatre Company.

Media release: Marles affirms Australia's enduring commitment to Solomon Islands

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