MEDIA RELEASE

DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE
AUSTRALIA

D17

27 August 1999

New Head for Automotive Market Access

The Department of Foreign Affairs today announced the appointment of Ms Elizabeth Schick as the Automotive Market Access Facilitator.

Ms Schick will replace Mr Christopher Langman as the head of the Automotive Market Access Team, one of five specialist teams dedicated to priority industry sectors.

The automotive industry is an important part of the Australian economy, employing more than 50,000 people and with annual export sales in excess of $2.6 billion.

Working with industry, the Government has developed a comprehensive Automotive Trade Strategy as an important element of its efforts to foster the development of a sustainable, prosperous and internationally competitive automotive industry. This Strategy seeks to help the Australian automotive industry become better integrated within the global automotive industry and market.

Through its Market Access Teams the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade acts to develop priorities, implement strategies and improve market access for Australian products in overseas markets through means such as:

negotiations in international trading forums including the WTO,

expanding links with key trading partners through forums such as the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) group and

lobbying individual Governments to reduce barriers or eliminate impediments to Australian exports.

The five market access teams cover agriculture, processed food and beverages, information industries, textiles clothing and footwear, and automotive.

Ms Schick joined the former Department of Trade and Industry in Canberra in 1973 and since then has worked extensively on multilateral negotiations and bilateral trade issues, with a particular emphasis on Australia's trade with North Asia. From 1994 to 1997, Ms Schick was Director APEC Economic and Technical Cooperation. Her most recent appointment was as Head of the Department's Nuclear Policy Branch.

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