Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Keith Pitt will host a seminar in Darwin on Tuesday February 21 to help local businesses make the most of Australia’s free trade agreements (FTAs) with Korea, Japan and China.

Businesses are invited to the free information seminar at Double Tree by Hilton Darwin, from 7.30am to 9.30am, where Australian Government representatives will speak about how FTAs can help Northern Territory businesses succeed in international markets. 

“The Australian Government has secured unprecedented access to more than a billion potential customers for Australian goods and services through our free trade agreements with Korea, Japan and China,” Mr Pitt said.

“Our North Asia FTAs give Australian exporters a competitive edge in these key markets, boosting opportunities for more sales abroad and more jobs here in Australia.  They also lay the foundation for stronger flows of two-way investment.

“I strongly encourage Northern Territory small and medium-sized business owners to attend this FTA seminar and hear firsthand how they can make the most of these landmark agreements.

“The Northern Territory is on the doorstep of Asia and the Australian Government is determined to support exporters in the Territory and across regional Australia through these important seminars.”

Mr Pitt’s visit comes two days after the 75th anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin, which was recognised with a commemoration service at the Cenotaph on the Darwin Esplanade.

“I look forward to visiting the Royal Flying Doctors Darwin Tourist Facility which has a cutting-edge hologram cinema experience telling the story of Rear Admiral Etheridge Grant, as well as a life-sized replica Japanese Zero aircraft suspended from the ceiling,” Mr Pitt said.

Mr Pitt will also visit Wharf One Restaurant – including an interactive cooking demonstration kitchen – which was jointly funded by the Federal and Territory Government.

Attendees can register for the free FTA seminar, which is relevant to all industries, at http://www.austrade.gov.au/ftaseminars or find out more by contacting Austrade (13 28 78 or info@austrade.gov.au).

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