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Trade Minister Emerson participating in the APEC meeting

APEC Ministerial Meeting

21 April 2013

Trade Minister Craig Emerson attends the APEC Ministerial Meeting in Surabaya, Indonesia.

Image gallery: Visit to Indonesia

Media release: Trade Minister in Surabaya for APEC talks

From left: Hon Edward Natapei - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vanuatu; the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tuvalu Hon. Apisai Ielemia; Hon. Senator Thistlethwaite; Ratu Inoke Kubuabola; Hon. Murray McCully, Foreign Affairs Minister - New Zealand; the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Papua New Guinea Hon. Rimbink Pato, and the Minister of Communication and Information Technology of Samoa Hon. Tuisugaletaua Ali'imalemanu Aveau.

Pacific Island Forum Ministerial Contact Group

12 April 2013

Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, Senator Thistlethwaite participates in Pacific Island Forum Secretariat's Ministerial Contact Group (MCG) visit to Fiji.

Craig Emerson shaking hands with Xi JinPing.

Trade Minister in China

7 April 2013

Trade Minister Craig Emerson greets Chinese President Xi JinPing at the Bo'ao Forum on Hainan Island. The Minister, whose responsibilities also include Asian Century policy, was with a high-level Ministerial and business delegation led by Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Media release: Prime Minister and Senior Ministers to visit China

The Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and Trade Minister speaking to the media in China.

Visit to China

7 April 2013

Prime Minister Julia Gillard is leading the most senior Australian political delegation ever to visit China. She is participating in the Bo'ao Forum for Asia, an important annual gathering of Asian political and business leaders, and has met with China's new President Xi Jinping.

Media release: Prime Minister and Senior Ministers to visit China

Minister Carr looking at the memorial after placing the wreath

Visit to Indonesia

1 April 2013

Foreign Minister Bob Carr lays a wreath to victims of the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, including 88 Australians, at the Bali Memorial Monument in Kuta, Bali.

Photo gallery: Visit to Indonesia

Minister Carr in talks with UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon at the United Nations, New York, March 20 2013. Photo: Trevor Collens.

United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan

20 March 2013

”As Afghanistan moves through transition to its transformation decade, it is important to note the progress that has been made over the last ten years. Afghanistan — through the leadership of its Government, determination of its fine people and support of the international community — has come a long way.“

Statement: United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)

Mozambican Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, His Excellency Mr Oldemiro Baloi, President of the Republic of Mozambique His Excellency Armando Emilio Guebuza, Prime Minister Gillard and Parliamentary Secretary Marles following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on Mining for Development. Parliament House, Canberra.

Memorandum of Understanding with Mozambique

14 March 2013

A Memorandum of Understanding on Mining for Development was signed at Parliament House to formalise the growing partnership between Australia and Mozambique. (Photo courtesy of Auspic)

Grants supporting bilateral relations

14 March 2013

A number of bilateral bodies have been established over the last 30 years to support foreign affairs and trade portfolio objectives in key bilateral relationships.

Their grant programs support innovative projects that enhance and strengthen links between Australia and the world.

Grants supporting bilateral relations

Graphic of a girl writing and being helped by a woman

International Women's Day 2013

7 March 2013

Senator the Hon Bob Carr Minister for Foreign Affairs has recorded a video message to mark UN International Women's Day (8 March) addressing this year's IWD theme of ending violence against women.

Parliamentary Secretary Marles with Australia's High Commissioner to Mauritius, Sandra Vegting, Mauritian Foreign Minister Arvin Boolell, Director of L'Atelier Sa Nou Vize, Alain Auriant, and children at a ceremony to hand over educational materials to L'Atelier Sa Nous Vize in Rose Belle.

Richard Marles visit to Mauritius

5 March 2013

"We have strong people-to-people links with Mauritius, especially in education. Mauritians make up the largest African-student body in Australia with over 2,360 students in Australia in 2012."

Trade in Services 2011-12

5 March 2013

Trade figures released today showed Australia's total trade in services rose 3.5 per cent to $111.4 billion in 2011-12.

Foreign Minister Carr standing at a podium speaking

Indonesia-Australia Dialogue 2013

4 March 2013

“Indonesia is no longer, as Don Watson once described it, the 'screen door' that blocks Australia from the rest of Asia. Instead it is a vital partner for Australia across the full range of economic, political and strategic interests.”

Speech by Foreign Minister Carr: Indonesia-Australia Dialogue

Images: Indonesia-Australia Dialogue 2013

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