Trading partners seek a closer relationship
13 September 2011
A business mission from Chile, including the Minister for Mining Dr Hernan de Solminihac, has visited the University as guests of the Business School to discuss opportunities for future engagement.
The signing of a free trade agreement between the countries has seen Australia become one of Chile's top five trading partners, with a 30 per cent growth in exports between 2009 and 2010.
Australian Chilean Chamber of Commerce (Auscham) President, Mr Juan Francisco McKenna, said: "Our country is experiencing economic growth rarely seen before. Indicators of employment, investment, education, and security are currently at their best level and these trends show similarities to Australia in many aspects.
"The substantial increase in commerce between Chile and Australia is an important catalyst to promote further cultural, social, educational and business exchanges."
The Chilean Ambassador to Australia, Mr Pedro Pablo Diaz Herrera, offered his support to the mission. "In Australia they will find a country that is very open, friendly and receptive to Chilean business," he said.
"The two countries share many ideas in public and international policy, and in the field of business. Australia is an important export partner for our country as well as the source of much foreign investment. Today there are more than 120 Australian companies in Chile, and we have a fluid exchange of professionals, academics, students and tourists.
"Chile is an innovative country with entrepreneurs who have their eyes on the global market. And in Australia there are thousands of Chilean students and young professionals who will return to contribute to their country and certainly maintain their linkages to Australia."
Acting Dean of the Business School, Professor Tyrone Carlin, welcomed the group to the University. "We are delighted to be part of this inaugural Auscham event," he said. "My colleagues and I are examining a number of ways we can work together across business and education initiatives and, I've no doubt, this will be the first step towards a long and important friendship."
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