Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb will travel to Burma from 25 to 31 August, to promote responsible bilateral trade and investment ties and advance Australia’s trade and economic interests within ASEAN and the East Asia Summit.

In Nay Pyi Taw, Mr Robb will attend ASEAN-related trade ministers’ meetings.

“These meetings provide an opportunity to progress Australia’s trade agenda, including implementation of the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership negotiations,” Mr Robb said.

“During my meeting with Burmese counterparts, I will be reaffirming Australia’s support for Burma’s chairmanship of ASEAN this year, and for the reform process underway in Burma.

“There is obviously a long way to go in the country’s transition and ongoing work on democracy and human rights will be essential.

“I will be underlining the important role that Australia is playing in supporting Burma’s economic development and reforms, particularly in promoting greater education opportunities, and I will explore aid for trade initiatives,” he said. 

Mr Robb will also travel to Rangoon, where he will meet business leaders and industry experts. He will discuss expanding bilateral trade and investment links and opportunities for private sector engagement, as well as the challenges Australian businesses face in a newly emerging economy.

Mr Robb will highlight several practical initiatives to strengthen Burma’s capacity to implement its economic reform agenda: a seminar on mining regulations and a leadership program on technical and vocational education and training.  Both these initiatives will be funded through Australia’s Asian Business Engagement program.

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