Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Keith Pitt will be in Maryborough on Monday, 23 January to host a seminar explaining how local businesses can benefit from Australia's Free Trade Agreements with Japan, Korea and China.

Small-to-medium-sized businesses in the Wide Bay-Burnett region are invited to join the free information seminar at Brolga Theatre & Convention Centre, 5 Murray Street, Maryborough (Federation Room), from 9am to 11.30am.

Attendees will hear directly from Government representatives, as well as special guest speaker Jolyon Burnett, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Macadamia Society, who will share his industry's experience with Australia's North Asia FTAs.

"The wins for the macadamia industry are substantial under all three FTAs but the opportunities for other Australian exports go far beyond that," Mr Pitt said.

"A whole range of our products now receive preferential access to more than a billion potential customers in the region, thanks to provisions negotiated by the Australian Government.

"It's important for exporters to understand what these provisions could mean for their business, even if they have never exported before," he said.

Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O'Brien, will also attend the seminar.

"The local economy produces a terrific range of export-quality goods and services that are now even more competitive thanks to our Free Trade Agreements with China, Japan and Korea," Mr O'Brien said.

"There is so much potential for the region to benefit and I encourage all our local business people and entrepreneurs to come along and find out how these agreements can work for them."

Seminar speakers will include Michael Growder, Assistant Secretary, Free Trade Agreement Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and representatives from Austrade, Efic, AusIndustry and the Queensland Government. The seminar is relevant to all industries.

Attendees can register for the seminar and find out more about the additional training opportunities at or by contacting Austrade on 13 28 78 or

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