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MEDIA RELEASE Senator the Hon Sandy Macdonald Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade Deputy Leader of The Nationals in the Senate

IMPROVING EXPORT OPPORTUNITIES TO THE CZECH REPUBLIC

Australia has the opportunity to build upon the developing trade relationship with the Czech Republic, especially in education, tourism and cultural exchanges, Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade, Senator Sandy Macdonald said today.

Senator Macdonald will today meet with Mr Robert Szurman, Czech Republic Deputy Minister for Industry and Trade to discuss bilateral trade issues between Australia and the Czech Republic.

“It is important that Australia continues talks with the Czech Republic on the trade front, to build upon the success already achieved by Australian exporters,” Senator Macdonald said.

“Australian exporters have some tremendous opportunities in the Czech Republic and European Union markets and with the assistance of Austrade businesses have already entered the Czech market with a wide range of products.”

“Australian exporters currently have more than 120 products in the Czech market ranging from wine to native spices and electronic key security cabinets.”

“I also believe that Australia has an opportunity in the services sector - especially for education, with as many as 2,500 Czech students already studying in Australia. This is one area which can be further promoted in the Czech Republic.”

The “Little Big Country” Czech Expo is being held at the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay this week (19-21 October) to showcase cultural demonstrations of products from Czech Republic.

An Austrade sponsored seminar will also be held on Thursday 20 October to discuss opportunities for two-way trade and investment between the two countries.

For more information visit the Austrade website at www.austrade.gov.au.

Ends….19 October 2005