Australia’s two-way trade (exports and imports) has reached an all-time high, growing by 1.5 per cent to $623.8 billion (up from $614.5 billion in 2011).
The latest Trade at a Glance publication provides a summary of Australia’s trade and economic performance.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop reinforced Australia's enduring commitment to Solomon Islands as the country's main development, trade and security partner during her visit to Honiara. She said the visit was an opportunity to set the foundations for a stronger economic and strategic bilateral partnership.
Australia's total export volumes grew by 6.0% in 2012-13 according to Composition of Trade, Australia 2012-13 and Trade in Primary and Manufactured Products 2012-13, two publications released today by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The New Colombo Plan 2014 pilot program was launched at Parliament House on 10 December 2013 by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Julie Bishop MP, in the presence of the Governor General, Her Excellency the Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO, who is Patron of the initiative.
The Australian Government will provide a further $10 million in humanitarian assistance to the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan, bringing Australia's total assistance package to $40 million.
Australia will provide $8 million over the next two years to provide basic health and education services for refugees on the Thai–Burma border. The funding will also provide training and livelihood support to people in preparation for a safe and voluntary return home when conditions permit.
Nelson Mandela was one of the towering figures of the 20th century who will hold an enduring place alongside Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr as an advocate for human dignity and freedom.
Australia has concluded negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the Republic of Korea, our third-largest goods export market and fourth-largest trading partner.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop led a high level delegation to Jakarta for broad-ranging discussions about the bilateral relationship.
The Department is inviting public input into the development of a Consular Strategy for the period 2014-16. Public submissions can be made until 31 January 2014.
Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb promoted agricultural trade reform today while co-chairing the 38th Cairns Group Ministerial Meeting in Bali with his counterpart, Indonesia's Minister for Trade Gita Wirjawan.