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Trade Talk 21 November 2013

21 November 2013

Register online for Federal Government trade missions

Australian companies and business associations can now register their interest online to join ministerial trade missions overseas. The online facility is open now and accessible at

TM Media Release: Register online for Federal Government trade missions

TM announces $40,000 scholarship for women in international business

Trade Minister Andrew Robb has announced the establishment of the Beryl Wilson Austrade Scholarship for Women in International Business, honouring Beryl Wilson, the first Australian woman to become a trade commissioner. The $40,000 scholarship will be awarded to a female international business student.

TM Media Release: Inaugural scholarship for women in international business

ABC Infographic: Visualising Australia's mining boom

This ABC infographic shows exports to China from each state and territory from 1988 to 2013. Western Australia's iron ore exports accounted for $38 billion of Australia's $73 billion in exports to China last year.

ABC Infographic: Digging to China: Australia's mining boom visualised, and where we go from here

Dutch pharmaceutical company opens $62m facility in Australia

DSM Pharmaceutical Products has opened a state-of-the-art bio manufacturing facility in Australia. The facility is located in Brisbane and will custom-make drugs on contract for local companies. DSM is one of the most recent international companies to expand its R&D capabilities in Australia.

Austrade Article: Dutch pharmaceutical company opens $62m facility in Australia

OECD Economic Outlook: Global growth to accelerate but down on earlier forecasts

The OECD forecasts global growth will accelerate from 2.7% in 2013 to 3.6% in 2014, although this is down from its earlier forecast for 2014 of 4%. The outlook for economic growth has weakened due in part to weaker prospects in emerging market economies. Australia is tipped to grow at 2.6% in 2014.

WEO YouTube Clip: Global economy recovering at moderate pace but more risks ahead

OECD WEO: World Economic Outlook

Azevêdo continues consultations as members enter the final stretch to Bali

WTO DG Roberto Azevêdo continued intensive consultations over the weekend in an effort to conclude a package of agreements for the Bali Ministerial in December. Azevêdo will report to the WTO General Council before Bali on the progress of his consultations.

WTO News Item: Azevêdo continues intensive consultations as members head for the final stretch to Bali

Did you know?

A large slice of the pie… In 2012-13 Asia accounted for 61.7% of Australia's two-way-trade (exports and imports).

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Last Updated: 21 November 2013
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