Register online for Federal Government trade missions

Media release

18 November 2013

Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb today announced that Australian companies and business associations will now be able to register their interest online to join overseas ministerial trade missions.

"Trade missions that are led by ministers are a great way for Australian business men and women to discover commercial opportunities in overseas markets," Mr Robb said.

"The online expression of interest facility, developed by Austrade, is a concrete sign that the Government is committed to strengthening economic diplomacy by expanding trade and investment ties with the world."

"Trade missions can help advance Australia's diplomatic and economic interests and they also promote international competitiveness."

The Federal Government intends to see business delegations often accompanying Ministers and the Prime Minister on overseas visits.

"By including businesses, education institutions and other interested parties in delegations, you introduce them to new markets and open doors to new business opportunities and contacts," Mr Robb said.

The Government will also consult with industry associations, chambers and other business groups to ensure that companies with an interest in overseas trade missions are made aware of the opportunity to register online.

"A coordinated approach between government and industry will send a strong message to our overseas trading partners that Australia is open for business."

The online facility is accessible at

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