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This year’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Honolulu has largely benefited Australian exports, with world leaders agreeing to a swathe of green energy initiatives and resolving to free up trade markets and keep protectionism at a "standstill".

After 18 years of negotiations Russia has been welcomed into the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Trade Minister Craig Emerson have hosted a press conference from the APEC summit in Honolulu to talk about the positive moves forward in the creation of a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) among Asia Pacific nations.

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd is travelling to Honolulu today to attend the 23rd annual APEC Ministerial Meeting. APEC currently accounts for 56 percent of the world's GDP and more than two-thirds of of Australia's trade in goods and services.

Australia's trade surplus rose to $2.6 billion in September, which was below market expectations however still strong in year-on-year terms. Exports have risen 12.3 percent y-o-y with imports increasing 10.7 percent.

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd spoke about the importance of trade between China and Australia at the Australia-China Forum yesterday.

Businesses ready to take up the opportunities presented by the new Malaysian budget are competing for places to learn more. A business meeting in Melbourne, which will feature keynote addresses from government, industry and business leaders, and the following Kuala Lumpur cocktail reception, will aim to inform Australian companies about conducting business in Malaysia.

UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) is encouraging Australian and New Zealand businesses to launch in the UK with its new business plan competition, Go UK.

If your business is looking to enter overseas markets, either with an established or a new brand, it’s important to consider protecting your brand in the market where you’ll be trading. Often the most cost effective way to do this is through what is known as a Madrid Protocol filing, or International Registration.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced a new trade policy for Australia, which will demand significant economic reform. Provisions include the abandonment of "low-quality" bilateral trade deals in favour of comprehensive multilateral free trade agreements.

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