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Blewett visit to Kuwait

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A number of Australian firms seeking contracts in the oil and agriculture sectors of Kuwait are well placed to achieve success, the Minister for Trade and Overseas Development, Neal Blewett, said today.

Dr Blewett was speaking at the end of a three-day visit to Kuwait.

"During my meeting with Dr Hamoud Abdullah Al-Ruqbah, the Minister for Oil, I discussed the merits of Australian consortiums which have succeeded in making it through to the final selection phase for oil fire fighting and capping

contracts," he said.

Dr Blewett said that with the tremendous worldwide interest shown by companies seeking work in this field, it was extremely encouraging that three Australian consortiums had made it this far. Many thousands of applications had been received by the Government of Kuwait, making the competition to win contracts very fierce.

Dr Blewett said that his discussions with the Kuwaitis took place at an important juncture because it was expected a decision on the final contracts for extinguishing the oil fires would be made shortly.

Dr Blewett also met with the Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Jaber a1-Ahmad al Sabah; the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, Sheikh Saad Al Abdullah, and the Ministers for Commerce and Industry, Finance and the Interior.

"In these meetings, I reiterated Australia's continuing support for the United Nations' Resolutions relating to the Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait," Dr Blewett said.

"Australia's early support for Kuwait after the Iraqi invasion, and before much of the rest of the world had taken a position, is warmly remembered by the Kuwaiti Government.

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"In my meetings with the Kuwaiti Government, I emphasised the Australian Government’s strong interest in seeing Australian companies participate in the rehabilitation of Kuwait, particularly its oil, agriculture and construction sectors," he


Dr Blewett also met with the head of the Kuwaiti Public Authority for Agriculture and Fisheries and discussed an Australian proposal to help rehabilitate and develop the Kuwaiti livestock industry.

It was also agreed that both countries would examine the possibility of holding a Joint Ministerial Commission later this year which would provide the private sectors from both Kuwait and Australia with the opportunity to further develop business and trading links.

Kuwait : August 28, 1991