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Report shows prospects in middle east for Australian exporters
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REPORT SHOWS PROSPECTS IN MIDDLE EAST
FOR AUSTRALIAN EXPOFTIRS
(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