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Report shows prospects in middle east for Australian exporters

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(Statement by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade and Industry, I,lr. J. McEwen)

Highly promising prospects for increased Australian

exports to the Middle East are shown in the report of the

recent Australian Trade Mission to the area, the Deputy

Prime Minister and Minister for Trade and Industry, Mr. J.

McEwen said today.

The Mission visited Iran, United Arab Republic,

Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and the Trucial States

of Abu Dhabi and Dubai during March,

The Mission's report, released today, shows that

immediate sales totalling approximately $565,000 were made

by members of the Mission which comprised representatives

from a wide range of Australian industry.

Products sold by members of the Mission included

automotive products, welding equipment, hand tools, domestic

appliances and components for their manufacture, furniture,

dairy products, live sheep, frozen meat, fruit, pharmaceut-icals and canned foodstuffs.



Mr. McEwen said the Mission Leader, Mr. W.J.

Austen of Sydney, in his foreword to the report, had

commented that the success of the Mission provided an

indication of the potential offering in the Middle East.

This was the first occasion that most members of the mission

had visited the area.

Mr. Austen, who is Export Director of Lincoln

Electric Coy. (Aust.) Pty. Ltd., had added, The greatest

deterrents to increased Australian exports to the countries

visited are the relative disinterest of Australian manufac-turers toward the area and the lack of knowledge amongst

local importers of the range of products available from

Australia. The total potential offering Australian exporters

in the Middle East can best be measured by the simple fact that

the bulk of items imported are available from Australia".

Mr. McEwen said the report drew attention to the

increased tempo of business activity in the area; the almost

total dependence on imports by most countries in the region;

the ready availability of foreign exchange and finance and

regular shipping services from Australia.

Copies of the report are available from the

Department of Trade and Industry in all capital cities.

Canberra, A.C.T. 60/69T

23 June 19 69