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From Moscow: Australian wins prestigious energy award

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The "Father of Photovoltaics", Australian Scientist Professor Martin Green, has edged out Tesla's Elon Musk and battery technology scientist Khalil Amine among 44 contenders from 14 countries to win the 2018 Global Energy Prize. The UNSW Sydney Professor has "revolutionised the efficiency and cost of solar photovoltaics, making this now the lowest cost option for bulk electricity supply".

Professor Green also previously invented the PERC solar cell, which accounted for more than $US10 billion (24 per cent) of the world's silicon cell manufacturing capacity in 2017.

Professor Green will travel to Moscow this October to receive the energy award from President Putin (or a nominee). He shares the 39 million-Ruble ($823,095) prize with Russian scientist Sergey Alekseenko for his work in thermal power engineering.

From Addis Ababa: Australian agribusiness sought

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Australia's status as a world leader in dry-land agriculture and livestock management has been endorsed by the Ethiopian Government. Ethiopia is proactively seeking investment in agriculture, heavy industry and manufacturing to create jobs and boost its economy, and its Government is developing a prospectus describing opportunities for Australian business. Ethiopia has lowlands similar in hydrology and geology to Australia. Australia's embassy in Addis Ababa is helping the Ethiopian Investment Commission develop the prospectus and is keen to hear from Australian businesses interested in investment in Ethiopia. The Embassy can be contacted at

From Brussels: EU FTA negotiations commence

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Australian negotiators have begun seeking a competitive edge for Australian exporters through access to a larger export market in the European Union (EU) and greater access to goods and services at lower prices.

Australian negotiators were in Brussels in early July for the first round of negotiations for an ambitious and comprehensive trade agreement with the European Union. Following a negotiation mandate received from EU Members States on 22 May, the talks were formally launched by Commissioner Malmström, former Australian Prime Minister Turnbull and then Trade Minister Ciobo on 18 June in Canberra. Public submissions are welcome and can be addressed to More information and updates on negotiations can be found at and the European Commission website.

From Jakarta: IA-CEPA unlocks vast potential

Australia and Indonesia have announced the substantive conclusion of negotiations for the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA). In fostering economic cooperation between businesses, communities and individuals, IA-CEPA creates a framework for Australia and Indonesia to unlock the vast potential of the bilateral economic partnership. Indonesia is one of the largest economies in the world, and this partnership is a major boost for both Australian and Indonesian businesses. Australian farmers in the grains, dairy and horticulture sectors will benefit from greater certainty of access and lower tariffs. Australian service industries, including health, mining, telecommunications, tourism and education, will also have greater access to Indonesia's growing economy.

Once the agreement has been translated and formally signed, Australia will table the text of the agreement in Parliament and hold an inquiry process by the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties before bringing IA-CEPA into force.

From Lima: Kicking economic goals

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The Australian Embassy Cup, promoting growing economic ties and gender equality. Credit: Ligas Femininas de Futbol 7

Football fever overtook Peru after the country qualified for its first FIFA World Cup since 1982. The Australian Embassy in Lima used local media interest around the Socceroos v Peru match to promote growing economic ties and our gender equality agenda. At centre-stage was the Australian Embassy Cup: an eight-week, 68-team, women's soccer 7's competition co-hosted with Peru's largest women's football league. This was accompanied by a festival of short-form plays about Australia and football and a live screening of the Australia-Peru match.

Alongside these events, the Embassy generated 55 media appearances that reached over 4.5 million Peruvians, pressing the message that Australia offers Peru the expertise it seeks as it modernises, including in natural resource development.

In a boost for business, Australia signed Free Trade Agreements with Peru and the TPP-11 this year.

From Dubai: Pork on your fork

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There has been an unexpected demand for pork in the UAE from the expat population and high end supermarkets with non-halal shopping sections. In good news for Australian pork exporters, the Dubai port is now accepting imports of Australian pork after approval from the local authorities.

Last Updated: 10 October 2018
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