Feature stories - December 2010

Composition of Trade

22 December 2010

This publication provides a comprehensive analysis of the growth, direction and commodity breakdown of Australia's exports and imports in recent years.

Publication: Composition of Trade 2009-10

Media release: China tops trade in goods and services

AANZFTA one year on

20 December 2010

A year since the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA) came into force, business leaders reflect on the opportunities it has created so far. Principal economist of the Asian Development Bank, Dr Ganeshan Wignaraja says it is only the beginning.

Video: AANZFTA highlights

Video: Dr Wignaraja's speech

More information about AANZFTA

Cooperation with Chile

20 December 2010

Australia and Chile agreed on 18 December to cooperate further on mine rescue management and mine safety, as well as climate change and protecting the environment.

Media release: Cooperation with Chile on mine disasters and climate change

Australian assistance to Palestinians

14 December 2010

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd announced on 14 December in Ramallah that Australian support would continue to help the Palestinian people gain access to health, education, housing and social services.

Australia-Arab relations

10 December 2010

Secretary-General of the League of Arab States HE Mr Amre Moussa and Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd discussed ways to enhance dialogue and engagement between the governments and peoples of Australia and the member states of the Arab League.

Joint Statement on Australia-Arab Relations

Address to the Lowy Institute

10 December 2010

Trade Minister Craig Emerson set out Australia's trade agenda in a speech to the Lowy Institute on 10 December titled: The future of trade policy in an uncertain world.

Dr Emerson underlined that economic reform at home and securing better market access abroad work hand-in-glove in creating jobs and prosperity.

Exports of primary and manufactured products

9 December 2010

This publication classifies Australia's exports according to their level of processing, eg. ETMs (Elaborately Transformed Manufactures), STMs (Simply Transformed Manufactures), processed food, and other primary products.

Publication: Exports of primary and manufactured products

Manama Dialogue

7 December 2010

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd delivered a speech at the 4th Plenary of the Manama Dialogue in Bahrain on 6 December 2010. The 7th Regional Security Summit, known as the Manama Dialogue is organised by the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Speech at the 4th Plenary of the Manama Dialogue

OSCE Summit 2010

2 December 2010

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd attended the OSCE Summit in Kazakhstan, Astana where world leaders of the OSCE's Participating States and Partners for Cooperation have gathered together for the first time in 11 years.

Speech: Australia’s Inaugural Statement To The Osce Asian Partners For Cooperation And The Osce Troika Asian Partners Meeting

Transcript: Transcript of interview with Kazakh Media, Astana, Kazakhstan

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