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Review of Export Policies and Programs: Call for submissions

The Australian Minister for Trade, Mr. Crean, announced initiation of this comprehensive review on 21 February. It is being chaired by David Mortimer AO, with the assistance of Dr. John Edwards. The Minister has asked for the Review report by 31 August 2008.

The Review of Export Policies and Programs is focusing on four broad areas:
-   identifying/analysing reasons for the recent deterioration in Australia’s export performance;
-   the relationship between domestic policy settings and productivity-enhancing policies, including the role of infrastructure, skills and innovation;
-   trade negotiations priorities and efforts to improve access to markets, including free trade agreements; and
-   trade development, export and investment promotion, including recommendations about the continuation of the Export Market Development Grants scheme pursuant to section 106A of the EMDG Act 1997.

A reference group of experts will oversee research on Australia’s approach to free trade agreements, the results of which will be incorporated into the report. This component of the Review will not result in changes to Australia’s existing free trade agreements.

On 4 April 2008, an Issues Paper was released calling for public submissions and providing guidance on issues to be covered by the Review. The deadline for written submissions is 2 May 2008. Arrangements for stakeholders and interested groups to engage in the Review are also outlined in the Paper. The Issues Paper and a range of other information associated with the Review can be found on the following site:

The Review secretariat can be contacted as follows:

Mail: Review of Export Policies and Programs
c/- Trade Development Division
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
R.G. Casey Building
John McEwen Crescent

Telephone: +(612) 6261 1262 or +(612) 6261 9826
Fax: (02) 6261 2067


For additional information on this release, please contact:
Australian Trade Commission
Phone: (212) 351-6566
Source: Austrade  

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