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Canada joins the APEC Business Travel Card scheme.



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Senator Chris Evans Minister for Immigration and Citizenship

Canada joins the APEC Business Travel Card scheme

Monday 24 November 2008

The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, today welcomed Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s announcement at the APEC Leaders Week in Lima, Peru that Canada has joined the APEC Business Travel Card scheme as a transitional member economy.

‘Canada’s decision to join the APEC Business Travel Card scheme will further assist Australian business people travelling to Canada and also open the way for higher levels of cross-border trade and investment in the APEC region with Canada,’ Senator Evans said.

‘The scheme is highly valued by the business community and I acknowledge my department’s role in administering the program on behalf of APEC.’

‘Allowing spontaneity of travel can help maximise the chances of taking advantage of business opportunities,’ Senator Evans said.

‘There are now more than 48 000 active APEC cards across the region with about 17 000 held by Australian business people.

Australian business people who wish to apply for an APEC Business Travel Card should contact the APEC Unit, DIAC, on telephone 02 6198 7429 or email abtc@immi.gov.au

Further information and an application form can be downloaded from www.immi.gov.au/business/apec.htm