Speeches from the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment


Speeches: The Hon Steven Ciobo MP, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment.

National archives of Japan and National archives of Australian Commemorative Ceremony - Tokyo - 2 July 2018

I was proud to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the 1957 Japan-Australia Commerce Agreement during my first official visit to Japan last year.

Today’s event makes it clear that we would be mistaken to assume that this is where Australia and Japan’s economic partnership began and I am so pleased to have just witnessed the signing of this Memorandum of Cooperation between two great institutions – the safe-keepers of invaluable national records; the protectors of key moments in the histories of our two countries.

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ANZ Chamber of Commerce in Japan - Tokyo - 2 July 2018

It’s striking to reflect on how quickly world events can change.

Since my last visit here public attitudes have become increasingly sceptical around the benefits of free trade in this context, Japan has emerged as a frontline advocate for trade liberalisation and Japan and Australia have together led the successful conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, against all odds.

Our co-operation on the TPP underlines one immutable fact.

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