Latest news from December 2013

Trade at a Glance 2013

Trade at a Glance 2013

19 December 2013

Australia’s two-way trade (exports and imports) has reached an all-time high, growing by 1.5 per cent to $623.8 billion (up from $614.5 billion in 2011).

The latest Trade at a Glance publication provides a summary of Australia’s trade and economic performance.

Trade at a Glance 2013

Australia committed to Solomon Islands for the long-term

19 December 2013

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop reinforced Australia's enduring commitment to Solomon Islands as the country's main development, trade and security partner during her visit to Honiara. She said the visit was an opportunity to set the foundations for a stronger economic and strategic bilateral partnership.

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Trade statistical publications, 2012-13

18 December 2013

Australia's total export volumes grew by 6.0% in 2012-13 according to Composition of Trade, Australia 2012-13 and Trade in Primary and Manufactured Products 2012-13, two publications released today by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop delivers a speech at the New Colombo Plan Launch at the Great Hall in Parliament House

New Colombo Plan Launch

10 December 2013

The New Colombo Plan 2014 pilot program was launched at Parliament House on 10 December 2013 by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Julie Bishop MP, in the presence of the Governor General, Her Excellency the Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO, who is Patron of the initiative.

Foreign Minister Bishop At the Australian field hospital in Tacloban

Australia's response to Typhoon Haiyan

9 December 2013

The Australian Government will provide a further $10 million in humanitarian assistance to the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan, bringing Australia's total assistance package to $40 million.

Children receive lunch at a nursery school as part of The Border Consortium activities to maximise nutrition for pre-school children at the camp at Ban Mae Nai Soi.

Australia to increase support for refugees on the Thai–Burma border

10 December 2013

Australia will provide $8 million over the next two years to provide basic health and education services for refugees on the Thai–Burma border. The funding will also provide training and livelihood support to people in preparation for a safe and voluntary return home when conditions permit.

Australia to increase support for refugees on the Thai–Burma border

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

6 December 2013

Nelson Mandela was one of the towering figures of the 20th century who will hold an enduring place alongside Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr as an advocate for human dignity and freedom.

Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb with Korean Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy, HE Yoon Sang-jick, in Bali, Indonesia on 4 December 2013.

Australia concludes FTA negotiations with the Republic of Korea

5 December 2013

Australia has concluded negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the Republic of Korea, our third-largest goods export market and fourth-largest trading partner.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Indonesian Foreign Minister Dr Marty Natalegawa hold a media conference at Gedung Pancasila in Jakarta, 5 December 2013

Foreign Minister visit to Indonesia

5 December 2013

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop led a high level delegation to Jakarta for broad-ranging discussions about the bilateral relationship.

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Consular Strategy 2014-16

3 December 2013

The Department is inviting public input into the development of a Consular Strategy for the period 2014-16. Public submissions can be made until 31 January 2014.

Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb co-chairing the Cairns Group Ministerial Meeting with Indonesian Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan in Bali, Indonesia on 2 December 2013.

Cairns Group meeting

2 December 2013

Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb promoted agricultural trade reform today while co-chairing the 38th Cairns Group Ministerial Meeting in Bali with his counterpart, Indonesia's Minister for Trade Gita Wirjawan.

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