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DFAT Ministers and East Asian Hemisphere Ambassadors - Media conference today



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NOTE FOR THE MEDIA DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE

DFAT MINISTERS AND EAST ASIAN HEMISPHERE AMBASSADORS - MEDIA CONFERENCE TODAY -

Over the last two days Australia's most senior diplomatic representatives in the East Asian region have met in Canberra to review Australia's performance and discuss the strategic direction of Australia's relations with the region to 2000 and beyond.

It is the first time Australian Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Consuls-General in the North-East and South-East Asian regions have been called together for a conference.

As well as reviewing the achievements of the Government's Asia policy to date, the senior diplomats have examined the development of the East Asian region politically and economically for the next five years and the implications for Australia's policies and priorities.

The conference has also addressed security and strategic issues; Australia's economic engagement with the East Asian hemisphere; Government services to Australian business in the region; cultural factors affecting Australia's relations with East Asia and public

Following the meeting, the diplomats will participate in extensive consultations with business through a series of briefings and seminars on 8-9 May in Sydney and Melbourne. This will provide an opportunity to brief business leaders on developments across the region and in individual countries.

A media conference, with the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Gareth Evans, Minister for Trade, Senator Bob McMullan and Minister for Development Cooperation, Mr Gordon Bilney and the East Asian hemisphere Ambassadors will be held TODAY, Friday 5 May at 2 pm in Senate Committee Room 2S1 at Parliament House.

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For further information contact Paul Molloy on 261 3207 or Gai Brodtmann on 261 3214.