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Trade Mission to New Zealand and Australia
15 - 20 February 2011

Parliament House
8 March 2011

The Austrian Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Michael Spindelegger, and the President of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Dr. Christoph Leitl, came to visit Australia and New Zealand together with a delegation of other high ranking officials and representatives of major Austrian businesses.

The mission by the business delegation under the heading “Technology and Innovation in Industry and Infrastructure” was organized by the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber with the objective of offering representatives of Austrian companies interested in pursuing large scale projects in this region a valuable overview of the opportunities in the Australian and New Zealand markets.

The delegation first arrived in New Zealand and spend two and a half days in Auckland and Wellington. The journey then continued to Sydney and Canberra. The tight schedule of this visit included meetings, roundtable discussions and functions with members of the Governments of Australia and New Zealand, representatives of business associations as well as major companies in both countries. The Austrian delegates were warmly welcomed in both countries and the feedback from all sides was a very positive one.

On the last day of the visit the Austrian Foreign Minister met up with his Australian counterpart, Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd to discuss the bilateral relationship of the two countries as well as opportunities to further strengthen the existing cooperation in a number of sectors. Apart from sharing common values and common interests, the two countries also have a substantial economic engagement with one another, with several hundred Austrian firms being active in the Australian economy as well as active Australian investment occurring in Austria.

A closer cooperation between Austria and Australia seems more likely than ever, and future trips of a similar nature are on the agenda.