NEWS RELEASE

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

D110a

3 December 1997

The APEC Region Trade and Investment - Release of Publications

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade today released the publications, The APEC Region Trade and Investment and The APEC Region Trade and Investment, Australian Supplement.

These publications detail APEC's trade in merchandise and services, and summarise Australia's investment relationship with other APEC members. Individual reports detail each members merchandise trade by product type and country. The publications also compare major economic indicators for each individual APEC member.

The publications highlight, among other things, that Australia recorded it's largest ever merchandise trade surplus with APEC members in 1996-97, during which the surplus rose by 25 per cent to $6.8 billion.

Copies of the publications can be purchased, at a cost of $40, by contacting Mrs Jane Monico on phone (02) 6261 3114, fax (02) 6261 3321 or via the internet at http://www.dfat.gov.au/bookshelf