Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb will visit Brazil, Peru and Chile from 6 to 13 December to promote bilateral trade and investment, and to explore ways to enhance Australia’s engagement in the region.

Mr Robb will travel to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil to participate in the Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR)-supported Water-Food-Energy Nexus Seminar.  He will also meet with Brazilian and Australian businesses operating in Brazil to identify ways to support and increase economic engagement between Australia and the world’s seventh-largest and fellow G20 economy.

In Lima, Peru, Mr Robb will join Foreign Minister Julie Bishop at the UN Climate Change Conference and conduct bilateral meetings with Peruvian Ministers, to discuss how to capitalise on the future finalisation of a high quality Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and to advocate for continued engagement with Australia in areas of mutual interest, particularly in the mining sector.

In Chile, Mr Robb will attend the first Australia-Chile Economic Leadership Forum, where he will deliver the keynote address.  The Forum will explore avenues to further expand what is Australia’s most dynamic and mature economic partnership in South America.  Mr Robb will also meet with a number of Chilean Ministers and sign a minor amendment to the Australia-Chile Free Trade Agreement, Australia’s first FTA with a Latin American country.

“Australia’s economic relations with Brazil, Peru and Chile are well-established, with strong foundations in mining and agricultural cooperation and collaboration. Australia is also fast becoming a sought-after destination for Brazilian, Peruvian and Chilean students, welcoming more than 21,000 to Australia in 2013,” Mr Robb said.

“Over the past decade, Australia’s trade and investment relationship with South America has increased significantly.  In 2013, the bilateral trade in goods and services with Brazil, Peru and Chile was worth more than $4 billion and the bilateral investment relationship was estimated to be worth more than $20 billion, which is a good foundation for further growth,” he said.

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