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(Statement by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade, the Rt. Hon. John McEwen)

The strong support which Australian manufacturers

had given the Australian Industries Malayan Exhibition was

an encouraging indication of their growing interest in

export, the Minister for Trade Mr. J. McEwen said today.

Mr. McEwen said that the exhibition, which would

be held in Kuala Lumpur from April 15th to April. 23rd, was

welcome as a fine example of private enterprise initiative

in the field of overseas trade promotion.

The fact that more than .140 exhibitors would parĀ­

ticipate and that the West Australian Manufacturers Export

Group would arrange the itinerary for a 12-man selling mission

to Asia to coincide with the exhibition clearly indicated the

success of the promoters' efforts. .

Mr. McEwen recalled that Mr. D.E. Taplin, who had

originally developed the proposal for the Malayan exhibition,

had led the Australian trade mission which, in the ship

"Chandpara", last year successfully promoted Australian .

products in Pakistan and the South- West Asian area.

Mr. McEwen said'that the Malayan venture was well

timed in view of Australia1 s'lncreasing interest "and growing

success in exporting to this valuable market.

Mr. Taplin had informed him that the Malayan

Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman, had agreed to open the

fair, Mr. McEwen said.

Canberra, -

1st March, 1963. 20/63T .