Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb will visit the United Arab Emirates, the State of Kuwait, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the State of Qatar between 11-16 April to promote commercial opportunities for Australian business and two-way investment.

Mr Robb will be leading a senior business delegation to the region which represents a range of sectors including banking and finance, aviation, agriculture and education.

He will meet some of the region’s most significant investors to promote Australia as a safe and reliable investment destination in areas such as tourism, core infrastructure and food and agriculture.

Mr Robb will also use the visit to urge the resumption of negotiations for a free trade agreement with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). “An FTA with the Gulf states would improve Australian business and investment opportunities in a part of the world that is rapidly emerging as a significant economic and trading hub,” he said.

In the UAE Mr Robb will launch Australia Unlimited – Middle East and North Africa 2015. This event will showcase Australia’s world-class innovation in agribusiness and aquaculture, sustainable urban development, and vocational education and training.

Australia welcomes greater collaboration on vocational, research and academic exchange with GCC countries. Mr Robb will meet with Australian university alumni in the region and attend the opening of the International Exhibition and Conference on Higher Education in Riyadh.

“This will be my third visit to the Gulf in 12 months, which indicates the priority Australia places on further deepening trade and investment links with this dynamic region,” Mr Robb said.

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