The Hon. Mark Vaile, MP
The Hon. Mark Vaile, MP

Media release

Australian Minister for Trade, Mark Vaile
Tuesday, August 1, 2000

Indian Ocean Rim: A Region of Opportunity

Trade Minister, Mark Vaile, will tonight launch a new publication highlighting opportunities for increased exports to the Indian Ocean Rim - a region that already accounts for more than 11 per cent of Australia's exports.

Mr Vaile will launch "The Indian Ocean Rim: A Region of Opportunity" in Perth tonight at WA's Top Exporters' dinner.

Produced by Curtin University, the report focuses on the opportunities that abound in the markets of the Indian Ocean Rim.

"The report details export opportunities in areas including resources, agribusiness, education, environment, health, information technology and telecommunications sectors," Mr Vaile said.

"While Australian businesses are already very active in the region with exports last year topping $14.4 billion, there are still many untapped opportunities.

"I was honoured to lead a large business group to the Middle East in March, and I look forward to leading another delegation to India, South Africa and Egypt later this year."

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