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JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE
24/06/2009
Australia's trade and investment relations with Asia, the Pacific and Latin America
JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE
Joint committee
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
Australia's trade and investment relations with Asia, the Pacific and Latin America
Final

CHAIR (Ms Saffin) —I declare open this seventh public hearing into Australia’s trade and investment relations with the nations of Asia, the Pacific and Latin America, which is being conducted by the trade subcommittee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.

Today, the subcommittee will be taking evidence from the Ambassador for Chile, the Ambassador for the Philippines, and the Special Trade Representative of the Philippines. Both countries have recently become signatories to trade agreements with Australia, and we anticipate an informative and encouraging discussion of our mutual aims and cooperative efforts in the fields of trade and investment. The subcommittee hopes that the discussion this morning will assist in widening and deepening the already warm relationships between Australia and the two countries represented here today. The subcommittee’s inquiry is seeking ways of improving trade and investment relations with the countries covered by its terms of reference and, in doing so, assisting Australian companies to make the most of current and developing opportunities.

Finally, I remind any members of the media who may be observing the public hearing of the need to report fairly and accurately the proceedings of the subcommittee, as required by the Senate order concerning the broadcasting of Senate and committee proceedings.

[11.13 am]