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Trade MP in Latin America to strengthen economic ties

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Minister for Trade and Competitiveness Dr Craig Emerson has set foot on Latin American soil on a 10 day trip determined to further strengthen trade and business ties with the region. Emerson will be attending the G20 Trade Ministers’ event as well as the Expomin exhibition in Chile’s capital, Santiago - one of the world's most important mining events recognised as a key industry fair for suppliers. The trip plays an important role in seeking to welcome relationship and trade opportunities for Australian companies with other Latin American nations. "Australia and Latin America have much to gain from working together on economic reform, mining regulation and vocational education and training," Emerson said. Other invited Australian guests will be there to reveal progressive technology and services in the mining market, reportedly a developing part of Australia’s involvement in resources in Latin America. The G20 Trade Ministers’ Summit, which will be held in Puerto Vallarta in Mexico, will concentrate on the importance of trade as a source of progression and employment as the global economic recovery struggles to take hold. Emerson said: "Our focus in the G20 is on policies that promote economic growth and create more and better jobs. Trade is essential to these goals." The G20 Trade Ministers’ Meeting will be held from 18 April to 20 April.

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