Trade Ministers meeting
19 Jul 2014
30 Jul 2014 - 9:00am
I’m joined by Australia’s G20 Special Representative Daniel Sloper to discuss Australia’s G20 host year in 2014. Australia held a Trade Ministers meeting in Sydney on the 19th of July. This is only the second time that a host nation has held a Trade Ministers meeting, showing Australia’s commitment to trade.
20 Jul 2014 - 4:30pm
Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen for joining us. I've the great pleasure of having the Minister for Trade from Mexico joining me - Mr Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal. And Ildefonso had the role of chairman of the first meeting of a G20 trade meeting, two years ago. And I've had the privilege of chairing the second and fortunately the Minister for Trade from Turkey this afternoon announced that next year when they host the G20, they will also be having another trade ministers meeting so I think the precedent that you established, Ildefonso, has taken hold and so it should because the G20 is fundamentally about the economic performance of the 20 countries who represent 85 per cent of world GDP.
20 Jul 2014 - 11:45am
The second G20 Trade Ministers meeting brought together all G20 members as well as guests from Myanmar (on behalf of ASEAN), New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, World Bank Group and World Trade Organization. We agreed that trade is a vital engine of economic growth that creates quality jobs. We welcomed the individual contributions to domestic actions to support trade growth that G20 members are taking as part of national growth strategies, which aim to lift our collective GDP by more than 2 per cent above the current trajectory over the next five years. G20 members need to make further contributions to support trade as part of the Brisbane Action Plan.
19 Jul 2014 - 7:30pm
The Hon. Andrew Robb AO MP, Australian Trade and Investment Minister: A very warm welcome to all of you. Many countries from our observation are looking at reducing government debt, they are looking at fiscal consolidation. As I travel around the world with my responsibilities for trade and investment, this is what I am observing. And it means that those countries that are looking to live within their means are looking to find alternative public policies for growth.
19 Jul 2014 - 1:42pm
19 Jul 2014 - 10:28am
18 Jul 2014 - 1:57pm
17 Jul 2014 - 9:00pm
Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Robb today launched the OECD-WTO-World Bank Global Value Chains Report. The report is the product of a collective request by G20 leaders seeking a better understanding of the rapid expansion and positive impact of participation in global value chains to support economic growth and job creation. "The report makes a number of recommendations that I will strongly encourage my counterparts to take forward at the Trade Ministers Meeting on Saturday. Central among these is implementation of the Agreement on Trade Facilitation”, Mr Robb said.
17 Jul 2014 - 4:45pm
MATTHEW TAYLOR: Minister, welcome to CNBC this morning. What’s going to be the agenda for the G20 trade ministers meeting at the weekend? ANDREW ROBB: The G20 Trade Ministers, the Ministers from all of those countries are coming. We are looking to see what part trade and investment, in a way, will play in the growth agenda that has en set by the G20. So we will look to fashion a package of proposals which will then go the G20 later in the year to contribute to the two per cent increased growth target that has been set by the leaders of the G20.
17 Jul 2014 - 4:00pm
DAVID SPEERS: On the B20, this is a pretty high powered gathering of business leaders from the top 20 economies in the world. They are here as part of a few days of talks ahead of the Leaders Summit, which takes place in Brisbane later this year. Over the weekend, there'll also be a gathering of trade ministers from the top 20 economies. The G20 Trade Ministers Meeting will be chaired by our Trade and Investment Minister, Andrew Robb, who joins me now. Minister, thanks for your time.
17 Jul 2014 - 2:30pm
Our commitment to trade and investment has built great resilience into our economy. It has helped us develop the high standards of living we enjoy and is an important reason for an unprecedented 23 years of uninterrupted economic growth. In 2013, the Australian economy grew 2.4 per cent. Of that, our net exports contributed 1.9 per cent. The Abbott government is deliberately pursuing an aggressive trade and investment agenda. It’s an approach that has already paid dividends with the landmark bilateral trade agreements with Korea and Japan, two of our three biggest export markets. An agreement with our biggest trading partner, China, is also a prospect this year.
16 Jul 2014 - 12:45pm
The G20 is taking action to improve the trading of goods and services to benefit consumers and help businesses grow.