Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb will visit Japan and Hong Kong between 25-31 March to strengthen economic ties with key Asian trading partners and highlight the attractiveness of Australia to international investors.

Mr Robb will travel first to Tokyo on 25-26 March to further discussions on an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with Japan. He will be holding meetings with key Japanese ministers on the EPA, which is already at an advanced stage.

In Hong Kong, Mr Robb will speak at the Credit Suisse 17th Annual Asian Investment Conference, one of the region’s premier business and investment events. The annual forum hosts an audience of more than 2,300 investors, who represent $18 trillion in assets under management, as well as more than 250 corporations.

“I look forward to meeting decision-makers and business leaders from the international investment and trade community to promote Australia’s many strengths as an attractive investment destination,” Mr Robb said.

In addition, he will also deliver a keynote address at Mines & Money, one of the largest mining investment conferences in the Asia Pacific, and meet with major corporations, important global institutional investors, and senior government figures.

Finally, Mr Robb will outline the Australian Government’s economic philosophy in an address to the Australian Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong, the largest chamber outside of Australia.

“As a Government we are pursuing an aggressive trade and investment agenda to help drive sustainable economic growth and job creation. In my visits abroad my clear message is that Australia is indeed open for business and unequivocally welcomes inbound investment,” Mr Robb said.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has identified trade and investment as key themes that Australia will look to progress in its role as the Chair and host of the G20 and B20 later this year in Brisbane.

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