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Nairobi exhibition space doubled

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(Statement by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade and Industry, Mr. J. McEwen)

Exporters have taken up more than double the space originally booked for the Australian Exhibition in Nairobi, Kenya, early next year.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade and Industry, Mr. J. McEwen, said today their support was so enthusiastic that the display area had been extended form 10,000 to 22,000 sq. ft.

It would now include all of the Charter and Conference Halls and the galleries and courtyards of the Town Hall, Nairobi’s best-known building, ·

Eighty-eight companies would participate, providing one of the most comprehensive displays of Australian products ever mounted in a developing country. Applications for display space had now closed.

A number of companies would send executives to Nairobi for the exhibition, the first of its kind arranged by the Deaprtment of Trade and Industry for the East Africa market. It would be open for a week from January 27.

Representatives of all sectors of business and commerce from Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika would be invited to special trade sessions of the exhibition.

Mr. McEwen said Australia was well-equipped to provide these three newly-independent nations with much of the equipment and materials needed for development.

The wide range of products on display would emphasise Australia's industrial capacity as well as its ability to supply the consumer goods and foodstuffs which this expanding market was demanding.

More than 20 items of agricultural equipment would be demon­ strated to farmers at a special field display about the time of the exhibition. \ . - '

An Australian-designed and built sugar cane harvester and three Australian-made cars would be among the main items on show at the Exhibition.

Other displays would feature automotive parts, building mate­ rials, office equipment, electrical engineering goods, textiles and floor coverings, radio, television and electronic equipment, chemi­ cals and clothing, as well as canned and processed foods, confect­ ionery and wines.

Mr. McEwen said Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika had a combined population of 25 million and an annual imports bill of £168 million. Exporters' interest in this market indicated that Australia's present share of £2 million could be considerably improved.

CANBERRA. A.C.T. 15th November, 1964. 92/64T