MINISTER for trade, tourism and investment Dan Tehan is heading to Singapore, Vietnam, South Korea, Japan and the US to strengthen Australia’s trading relationships and to promote investment in Australia.

A statement from the minister’s office said these countries are significant bilateral partners, representing around a quarter of Australia’s exports of goods and services.

On his trip, Mr Tehan will attend the third Ministerial Economic Dialog in Tokyo and he is to meet with his ministerial and trade counterparts, including:

  • Singapore minister for trade and industry Gan Kim Yong
  • Vietnam minister for industry and trade Nguyen Hong Dien, and minister for planning and investment Nguyen Chi Dung
  • Japan minister of economy, trade and industry Kajiyama Hiroshi, minister for foreign affairs Motegi Toshimitsu and minister of state for economic and fiscal policy Nishimura Yasutoshi
  • South Korea minister for trade Yoo Myung-hee
  • Ambassador Katherine Tai, United States trade representative

“Australia’s success as a trading nation is built on the strength of our relationships with our trading partners,” Mr Tehan said.

“Trade is mutually beneficial to countries, it enhances relationships, builds trust and creates jobs.

“I will be promoting Australia as a reliable producer of high-quality products as well as a safe destination for investment. There are opportunities to further engage with our trading partners on emerging issues, such as digital trade and standards.

“I will also champion support for a functioning global rules-based trading system that is vital to the economic prosperity of our region.”

Mr Tehan will travel for two weeks followed by two weeks quarantine.