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Minister for Trade visits Latin America

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Minister for Trade Simon Crean is has embarked on a visit to Latin America, and will be stopping in Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Brazil before co-chairing a meeting of the Cairns Group to advance the Doha Round in Uruguay. "Latin America has tremendous potential as a regional trading partner for Australia," he said. "I will be pursuing opportunities for Australia in mining, energy and clean energy during this visit." In Mexico, Crean will participate in a high-level meeting of the Joint Trade and Investment Commission with his Mexican counterpart, Gerardo Ruiz. In Chile, Crean will visit an earthquake reconstruction site as the first Australian minister to visit Chile since the devastating earthquake of February 27. The Australian Government has provided $5 million in emergency and reconstruction assistance. His Argentina stop will involve the promotion of Australia's capabilities in clean energy and mining technology in conjunction with a Clean Energy Business Mission organised by the Council on Australia Latin America Relations, which will also carry through to Brazil.

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