Assistant Minister for Trade,
Tourism and Investment, Keith Pitt, will host a seminar in Shepparton on
Wednesday to help local businesses make the most of Australia’s free trade
agreements (FTAs) with Korea, Japan and China.
Business owners will be given
the chance to hear first-hand how FTAs can help them succeed in international
markets, and are invited to attend the seminar on Wednesday 7 December at Best
Western Plus—The Carrington at 505 Wyndham Street, Shepparton.
“Greater Shepparton, situated
in the heart of the Goulburn Valley, is home to a significant amount of
agricultural production, for both domestic consumption and export,” Mr Pitt
“Related industries, like
food processing, manufacturing and transport are also thriving in Greater Shepparton,
including several of Australia's major food processing companies.
“The Australian Government
has secured unprecedented preferential market access to more than a billion
potential customers for Australian goods and services through our free-trade agreements
with Korea, Japan and China.
“The FTAs are providing
Greater Shepparton and wider Australian exporters with a competitive edge into
some of the world’s most dynamic economies, and lay the foundations for
stronger flows of two-way investment.”
Federal Member for Murray,
Damian Drum MP, who will also attend the seminar, said the FTA seminar would
provide important information for local business owners of all sizes to learn
how they can benefit from Australia’s free trade agreements.
“The free trade agreements
with China, Korea and Japan provide a fantastic opportunity for businesses in
our region,” Mr Drum said.
“Having a thorough
understanding of how best to do this is very important for businesses to fully
capitalise on these FTAs.
“There has been strong
interest in the seminar already, which will include speakers such as Andrew McPherson, CEO of McPherson Wines, Michael
Growder, Assistant Secretary, Free Trade Agreement Division, at the Department
of Foreign Affairs and Trade, as well as representatives from Efic, Ausindustry and Austrade.”
The seminar, relevant to all
industries, will run from 8.30am to 11.30am. Attendees can register at www.austrade.gov.au/ftaseminars or find out more by contacting Austrade on 13 28 78
- Minister's office: (02) 6277 4122
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