Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb will visit Germany, Switzerland and Spain from 29 June to 5 July to develop deeper bilateral trade, investment and innovation relationships.

Mr Robb will attend the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting in Germany to highlight Australia as a world-class science and innovation hub where Australia will host International Day, a key event at the Lindau meeting.

“Australian scientists are some of the world’s leading researchers and the Coalition is committed to further developing Australian scientific talent and innovation through the government's $20 billion Medical Research Future Fund initiative announced in the budget,” Mr Robb said.

Australian Nobel Laureates including Elizabeth Blackburn, Barry Marshall and Peter Doherty, recognised for their contributions to physiology or medicine and our most recent laureate Brian Schmidt, who was honoured in physics, will be in attendance at the Lindau meeting.

In Switzerland, Mr Robb will engage with Swiss and international businesses to promote Australia as an attractive investment destination and to reinforce the Coalition’s ‘open for business message’ and its ambitious private-sector led growth agenda.

In Spain, Mr Robb will be accompanied by a European Australian Business Council delegation including representatives from major Australian companies and organisations.

“Spain leads European infrastructure investment into Australia and is our fastest growing source of English language students from Europe,” Mr Robb said.

“The Coalition has a $50 billion infrastructure pipeline and Australia’s reputation as an economically stable nation combined with the Coalition’s private sector growth strategy has become very attractive to European investors.  I will be promoting the trade and investment advantages of Australia, and in particular, infrastructure investment.”

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