AUSTRALIAN trade minister Steven Ciobo is to head to Japan to hold talks with senior Japanese official s on bilateral regional and global trade developments.
The minister is to attend the first Japan-Australia Ministerial Economic Dialogue, hosted by Japanese minister for economy, trade and industry Hiroshige Seko.
In a statement, Mr Ciobo said the dialogue would explore new ways to promote the open and rules-based international trade order.
“I will also meet with Japan’s Minister responsible for the Trans Pacific Partnership, Toshimitsu Motegi to discuss progress towards the entry into force of the agreement which brings together 11 regional economies with a combined GDP of $13.7 trillion,” Mr Ciobo said.
“I will also open an Australian short film festival in Tokyo to promote our vibrant film industry, high-quality food and beverages, and attractiveness as a tourism destination.”