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Monday, 3 November 2003
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Mr Edwards asked the Minister for Trade, upon notice, on 8 September 2003:

Have any grants under the export markets grant scheme or any other Federal Government scheme been made available to companies operating in Myanmar in the last five years; if so (a) who are the recipients of these grants, (b) what are the details of these grants, and (c) on what basis and for what purpose were they awarded.


Mr Vaile (Minister for Trade) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a) Section 94 of the Australian Trade Commission Act 1985 precludes the release of commercial-in-confidence information about individual recipients of grants under the Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme, including information concerning which markets individual recipients are promoting to.

(b) Over the last five years, a total of $1.8m in grants under the Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme has been paid to businesses that have indicated in their EMDG application forms that the markets to which they are promoting their exports include Myanmar. This $1.8m was paid in relation to the applicants' activities in a range of overseas markets, rather than solely in respect of activities in Myanmar.

The following table provides details.

Table: Total grants under the Export Market Development Grants scheme paid to businesses promoting exports to Myanmar *, grant years 1997-98 to 2001-02

Grant year

No. of grants paid

Value of grants paid

1997-98

8

$592,557

1998-99

10

$531,887

1999-00

8

$230,220

2000-01

9

$315,074

2001-02

4

$161,271

Total

39

$1,831,009

* Myanmar was one of a range of overseas markets in which recipients conducted promotional activities.

Source: Austrade EMDG database, 9 September 2003

(3) Under the EMDG scheme, any Australian individual, partnership, company, association, co-operative, statutory corporation or trust that meets the EMDG eligibility criteria and has incurred at least $15,000 in eligible export promotion expenses over the last financial year, or over the last two financial years in the case of first time applicants, is eligible to apply for a grant.

EMDG grants assist small and medium enterprises to enter into export and develop sustainable export markets.