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The Australian Trade Mission to South America left Sydney

by air this morning for Venezuela on the first stage of a visit

which will take the 17 members to five countries in South America.

The leader, Mr. A.F.J. Smith said the mission would be

away six weeks. ' ■

Mr. Smith is a member of the executive of the Export

Development Council. He· is Manager for Australia of Co-operative

Wholesale Society Limited, of Sydney. ·

Mr. Smith said the trade mission would arrive in Venezuela

on October 17th and later travel to Peru, Chile, Ecuador and


He said the mission, which comprised Australian business­

men, would study closely the market in South America with the

principal aim of selling Australian goods.

Members of the mission represented a wide range pf ·

Australian industries. Among the goods they would promote were

automotive wheels, aluminium products, builders' hardware, conveyor

chains., medical, protective, welding, agricultural and radio and

telecommunications equipment, livestock, seeds and compressors for

refrigerators. .

The mission's visit to Peru would coincide with the

important Pacific International.,Trade Fair in Lima where many of

the members were exhibiting.

Mr. Smith said the mission was an important part of an

overall plan to promote Australian goods in South America.

Australia's exports to South America had increased from

$3.6 million in 1960-61 to $18,7 million in 1966-67 and there was

scope for a much larger increase.

' The Australian Trade Mission aimed to take full advantage

of the opportunities available in the developing countries of

South America, Mr. Smith said.


October l6. 1967.